As a friend of mine is currently among those camped in Parliament Square (London) and has asked me to spread awareness however I can, I’d like blow his trumpet here if I may. After all, spreading awareness is something of a Buddhist speciality.
The protesters are campaigning for, among other things, a state of Climate Emergency to be declared in the UK, which would allow more funds to be directed into renewables and so on. They are not planning to cease disruptions until the government has taken real action.
Michael Gove (our environmental secretary) has said, “We’ve got the message,” but more than lip service is required. We have precious few years to save the planet from mass extinction of species and catastrophic warming.
Let’s do what we can in our own lives, let’s vote for positive changes, and let’s keep discussing these issues.
Thanks for your time, friends.
Metta for Mother Earth ❤️
Today I was having a discussion with my father about the benefits of spiritual teachings, and I found myself talking about what helped me the most in the four years or so that I have been looking at Buddhism. I thought I’d briefly share here the conclusion that I came to while talking.
For me it was the teachings around the Three Poisons — desire, aversion and ignorance — and how to deal with them during insight meditation. When you turn within you can find in yourself places where you are not relaxed, are not at ease but are instead tense and stressed. Some traditions call these ‘knots’. If you can feel what negative emotion causes that within you, and can bring awareness and insight to that situation, you can dissolve those knots, and return your inner self to a feeling of peace and relaxation.
I’ve been working with this form of insight meditation for a few years now and it has lightened my load, increasing my happiness and inner peace. Sometimes I start from the memories of negative feelings, and I see to what event it leads me, and whether there is still tension and stress there. Then I start examining the roots of the feelings, what aspect of the Poisons or other negative mind states led me there.
So I was wondering, do you have a specific Buddhist teaching or practice that has greatly helped you?
But what role does helping others play in our well-being? Past research has confirmed that being generous makes people happier. Some studies have even pointed to specific brain areas that acts of generosity affect, suggesting that giving to others can help reduce anxiety and stress.
hmm it looks like the Buddha was onto something big
May we all be well