Sunday, October 17, 2010

Simply Being Human

"Meditation is based on the premise that the natural state of mind is calm and clear. We must first slow down and experience our mind as it is. In the process, we get to know how our mind works. We see that wherever the mind is abiding - in anger, in desire, in jealousy, or in peace - that is where we are also abiding. We begin to see that we have a choice in the matter: we do not have to act at the whim of every thought. We can abide peacefully. Meditation is a way to slow down and see how our mind works. This has nothing to do with religion or a spiritual path. It has everything to do with simply being human."


Day Three of my retreat: this is the Shambala Shrine room where we practice "simply being human".

1 comment:

  1. wow betsy, what an experience. i can only imagine that you'd be exhausted, the art of being present is the most ardous (and sadly enough, least practiced) of all skills we have in this world. my hat is off to you girl.