Bring Yourself Back
Daily Wisdom / Ocean of Dharma

Bring Yourself Back

Carelessness in your meditation practice is connected with both wildness and drowsiness. The antidote for carelessness is bringing yourself back into mindfulness. Whenever you feel bored in your practice or in the post-meditation practice, you rouse a quality of cheerfulness and an appreciation of your tremendous freedom. That sense of freedom and cheerfulness sparks an … Continue reading

Immediately Join Whatever You Meet with Meditation
Daily Wisdom / Tibetan Dharma

Immediately Join Whatever You Meet with Meditation

This slogan refers to the practice of transforming adverse circumstances and situations into the path of awakening. It is a reminder not to respond to things in a habitual way, but rather to respond with understanding, openness, and courage by maintaining a sense of awareness. We shouldn’t think of meditation as something we only do … Continue reading

Involuntary Escapes
Daily Wisdom / Pema Chödrön

Involuntary Escapes

Many of our escapes are involuntary: addiction and dissociating from painful feelings are two examples. Anyone who has worked with a strong addiction—compulsive eating, compulsive sex, abuse of substances, explosive anger, or any other behavior that’s out of control—knows that when the urge comes on it’s irresistible. The seduction is too strong. So we train … Continue reading