The idea of “holding our seat,” or being mindful continues throughout our daily lives. We maintain our dignity and humor with the same lightness of touch we use dealing with our thoughts. Holding our seat doesn’t mean we are stiff, trying to become like rocks; the whole idea is learning to be flexible. The way we deal with ourselves and our thoughts is the same way we deal with the world.
When we begin to meditate, the first thing we realize is how wild our mind is, how wild our life is. But once we begin to have the quality of being tamed, when we can sit with ourselves, we realize there’s a vast wealth of possibility in front of us. Meditation is accepting who and what we really are; we find the richness of what already exists. Discovering that richness is a moment-to-moment process and as we continue to practice, our awareness becomes more precise, spacious and accommodating.
Reflect that “My mind is as spacious as the sky and my activity is a fine as flour.”
This mindfulness actually envelops our whole life. It is the best way to appreciate our world, to appreciate the sacredness of everything. We add mindfulness and all of a sudden, the whole situation becomes alive. This practice soaks into everything that we do; there’s nothing left out. We become in touch with our actual lived experience.
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