"Mindfulness Practice isn't just about escaping to some magical inner realm devoid of life's challenges. The Practice is about calming your mind and opening your heart enough to engage Life directly, to be more fully Present in a kind, clear, and helpful way."
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Monday, September 3, 2012
and will return next Monday, the 8th!
In my personal morning meditation today, I'll be taking time to contemplate the struggle; the lives lived and lost in the efforts to bring us the quality of life we enjoy today.
I'm sure that Tonglen Practice will come in handy. I can feel my heart bursting as I write this.
PS Here's what my identical twin Brother Lefty had to say. Thanks for WMUA and WMCB Radio Host Daria Fisk and the gang at GCTV for their part in the Video!
Rambling on with Brother Lefty Smith*
*Society of Bodhisattvas, Budd(h)ies, and Bozos
Happy Labor Day!
Sunday, June 3, 2012
How Special was that?
Five of us maintaining that #0MG! Peaceful Presence on the Greenfield Town Commons in the pouring rain-- with two others touching base before sensibly scurrying off to drier pursuits! (In the Non-dual Universe where is there to scurry off to really? We're always still joined at the Heart, right?)
This probably dates me, but perhaps Jeanie and maybe Peal can relate: "Singing in the Rain" with Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O'Conner was a Hollywood musical I loved as a kid. The title song came running through my brain as I was leaving Jeanie a message to let her know that "we were on--rain or shine!" Of course it became:
"Sitting in the Rain
Just Sitting in the Rain
What a glorious feeling
It's Zazen again!"
The rest of the first verse's original lyrics seemed pretty appropriate too:
So, with a gentle rain tapping on the roof outside my window and a frog chorus singing in harmony, I'm looking forward to tomorrow morning's Monday Morning Mindfulness. Of course, this is easy to say because we meet indoors at Community Yoga and Wellness Center but I'll say it anyway: "We're on--rain or shine!"
Sunday, May 27, 2012
So, with Community Yoga and Wellness Center closed for Memorial Day there will be no formal Monday Morning Mindfulness, on May 28. I plan to spent time tomorrow morning Sitting with the memory of all those who've died in the warfare we have subjected ourselves to as a people. MMM will resume on Monday, June 4.
Anyhow, I'll return to Greenfield in time to join the #OMG! Peaceful Presence on the Town Commons by Noon on Monday, Hope to see you there.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
A weekly morning space to share
Sitting Meditation, Walking Meditation, Gentle Stretching, Instruction and Discussion
with Lance Smith every Monday.
Contact Lance at firstname.lastname@example.org
One evening a couple of weeks ago, I got all philosophical and preachy about the zen ideal of "ceaseless practice" in an email to a longtime Dharma Buddhy of mine. The next day I sustained an injury that has me hobbling ahead using crutches. Now, I have to navigate up and down the rather steep stairs here at home with as much moment to moment mindfulness as I can muster--or else!
I spaced out for just a milisecond or two yesterday--and had to jump down the final two stairs to keep from taking a nosedive. Ceaseless practice? I have to practice Walking Meditation now each time I grab the crutches. I have to slow down and pay attention. I can't get lost thinking about what's next or I might bust my butt. My current predicament makes "taking it one step at a time" crucial. I don't want to be buying a stairway to heaven just yet.
Years ago in sesshin, one of my teachers spoke of the intensity of practice at times that the stakes are really high. He called it "rattlesnake zen". I think I understand what he was talking about a little better now.
I also feel a deepening appreciation of single steps and thousand mile journeys--and of clouds and silver linings.
That being said: I successfully climbed and descended the stairs at Community Yoga the other day--and will begin Monday Morning Mindfulness tomorrow, Monday May 7! You're invited to join me on it's maiden voyage. Bring your zafu if you have one. (The studio has a variety of bolsters, blankets, blocks--and chairs). Beginners are more than welcome.
The exact nature of what happens will depend on who shows up!
(Come to think of it, it's really always like that anyway, right?)