Man, everywhere, is in chains (limited and transient as a condition of existence) yet he believes that he is free.
The theme this year is racial profiling and incitement to hatred, including in the context of migration. So much in America is towards racial profiling. Hatred had again “ducked under the covers” become hidden from sight. The swing in attitude is knee-jerk-like to Post-Obama America.
Let us remember those who have been targeted in racism, think of why society moves towards incitement, why we have the political and economic migration that is occurring in Europe, Africa and elsewhere.
There is something comforting about Buddhism as a religion without gods to worship. And Buddhism is better than philosophy because it has application rather than being a theoretical thing. Philosophy does not have much of a system to deal with how to live.
So when I sit down and meditate or think about Buddha I look at it as embodying the ideals of the teaching (call it philosophy if you will). You can say then Buddha is the only philosopher who gave us a course in living.
There are at least three good reasons to take up meditation. These are my three. Possibly others are more important but I think these three are at the top (or near the top) of many people’s list.
1. It is a good habit
Undoubtedly we form habits. These habits could be loose ones or they could be tight ones. Either way time marches on. If you are going to form habits they might as well be good habits. Meditating on a daily basis at a regular time is not better habit.
2. Awareness of the body and mind
One thing we least have is an awareness of the body, moreover an awareness of the mind. Meditation brings about a high awareness of both. In meditation we focus on breathing and concentration to bring about mindfulness. To know the body is also to know the mind.
3. Control of the body and mind
By having an awareness of the body and mind we have can have control of the body and mind. You cannot control what you are not aware of.
What are your reasons for taking up meditation? Please leave a comment below for I would love to hear your opinions.
From around age 12 I have thought it strange that people (Catholics in my school) would say it must be lonely if there were no God.
Doesn’t that imply that they need God in order to not feel lonely. And that it meant they are lonely.
I have never met God. And I think he likely doesn’t exist. But certainly I do not feel any more or less lonely because of this.
Personally, I just wish people do not feel lonely. And that if they do I wish I can help relieve that feeling with friendship and love. After all, there is nothing more depressing than two lonely people in the same room, let alone millions of lonely people on the same planet.
Life isn’t an “Eleanor Rigby” song (even though it sounds good). It isn’t about where do they all come from. (That, I already know. They come from the fear of being alone.) It is who they go to that is important.
I do not mean to keep company because you are lonely. But I think we should keep company because they are lonely. If everyone did that then no one would be lonely in the world. Doing things for others is the greatest friendship to give. Keeping company for your needs will perpetuate loneliness, not relieve it.
it only takes
for rebirth to end
and Happiness to begin
It took me a while to figure this out.
I cannot say that I have ever had direct knowledge of God. I have had notions of God pitched to me for as long as I can remember, but I have never had direct contact from him (if it is a him).
Christians may say I am not “chosen”. But I would rather think of it as maybe there isn’t God.
Buddhism has gods and whatnot in their “pantheon”, but they are imports from other religions and systems such as Hinduism, Taoism and Esoteric Buddhism. I, for the most part, ignore them but accept somehow gods were created to represent the teaching, as manifestations of these ideas, and that the concepts and ideas (the teachings) are more important than the gods. To me, this seems to be the healthier attitude to have than to believe (more often than not, blindly) in God or gods.