A closing chant

Pema Chödrön, This Sacred Journey, Prajna Studios

On the course with Ani Pema where we learn to “live purposefully and die fearlessly”, I learned this chant that one can also use when dying. Another way is to close meditation or retreat with it. We chant it at the end of every class.

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Precept #5 of the Order of Interbeing. The realization of perfect understanding is Bodhisattva’s only career

Do not accumulate wealth while millions are hungry. Do not take as the aim of your life fame, profit, wealth, or sensual pleasure. Leave simply and share time, energy, and material resources with those who are in need.

The Eight Realisations of Great Beings Sutra says, “The human mind is always searching for possessions, and never feels fulfilled. Bodhisattvas move in the opposite direction and follow the principle of self-sufficiency. They live a simple life in order to practice the Way, and consider the realization of perfect understanding as their only career.” In the context of our modern society, simple living also means to remain as free as possible from the destructive social and economic machine, and to avoid stress, depression, high blood pressure, and other modern diseases. We should make every effort to avoid the pressures and anxieties that fill most modern lives. The only way out is to consume less. Once we are able to live simply and happily, we are better able to help others.

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Remember, you are going to die

Need daily reminders that this moment is all you have and tomorrow is not guaranteed? There is an app for that. In the course on impermanence with Pema Chödrön WeCroak was mentioned and I loved the idea so installed it right away. It is a bit dark and the random notifications jostle you out of whatever drama is unfolding at the time but that is precisely the idea. A great addition to both the course and the Year to Live experiment that I am doing.

The latest result inspired by the experiment – I booked a walking holiday 🙈 I’ve talked for ages about wanting to do it. But when the chance came, my brain gave me a million reasons why not to do it. A death reminder was timely and made me remember that illusion of time is just that – an illusion. And so I booked it. Yay!

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Ram Dass’s legendary course on Bhagavad Gita

Source: RamDass.org

I have not ever signed up for a course this fast. I am beyond excited and so glad that it was recreated for those of us who were not there (or born) in 1974! Ram Dass talks about Bhagavad Gita in the context of our purpose, karmic role and devotion, and coming out of this winter I definitely could do with some guidance on all of the above. If you are interested, click on the picture above to sign up. It’s on a donation basis, like always, meaning you pay what you can or you can also do it for free.

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Contemplating death five times a day brings happiness

I am preparing for a home retreat on impermanence with Pema Chodron (Buddhist nun) and these are the five reminders we were told to keep with us daily. I relate.

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What is karma?

TikTok video
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High five from the past

My little one has not been to London for a while, 2 or 3 years. His favourite place in London is the Natural History Museum. Whenever we go, it is top of the list. We went and it was lovely. Here is a high five from an iguanodon for you. The winter is almost over. There is hope. There is silliness 😊 Spring is coming. Hang in there ⭐️

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What is done is done

via tricycle.org

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Art therapy: Happy New Year of Tiger 🐯

It’s the little things sometimes that help us emerge from the depths of darkness, finally take a breath and see the light of hope. Like making this chap out of a loo roll and inspired by this TikTok video. Happy New Year of Tiger, fellow wanderers, may this year bring us much needed respite and hope!

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“It’s too easy to exist and too hard to live” via @QueerEye

I am making sure I live a little bit this weekend, hope you do too! 🎡 Sun is shining, birds are singing, flowers are blooming 🌸 We don’t know how much time we’ve got left. I am writing this from a cottage by the lake somewhere in the farm lands of Norfolk. My plans include visiting one of the beautiful local beaches 🐚, stuffing myself with guilt inducing food🍦 and doing as few things as possible 📚. I hope you have a good one.

Southwold

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