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Anxious Buddha

lobsterlobster Veteran
edited January 4 in Mindfulness

I'm always nervous, who knows what lurks behind the next door? How can we nervous people who are about to destroy the earth of greed, sit still, and watch our nervousness? We need patience and courage to look at ourselves. And from there choose the right path. Buddhists want to float to another place free from suffering, who knows where this is?

Good question.
How can we still @Shoshin gibbering chimp, @lobster crazyiness, the fragility of our emotions/body/mind/karma etc

Everyone has their cross vajra to bare.

So it is important to understand ones anger, logic, artistic licence, knowledge pride, empathy, lack of feeling etc. What are we really like? A simple overriding quality, a mixture?

Let us take anxiety/nervous energy. What will stabilise it? Here are a few suggestions:

In the Tantric tradition that I was indoctrinated empowered with, the healthy use or sadhana is based around the utilisation of a quality ...

adamcrossley

Comments

  • I understand the picture, but... it’s horrible.

    Where was your initial quote from?

  • KundoKundo Sydney, Australia Veteran

    @adamcrossley said:
    I understand the picture, but... it’s horrible.

    Why is it horrible? I personally find it illuminating, but that’s just me.
    🙏🏻🙏🏻

    lobster
  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    @adamcrossley said:
    I understand the picture, but... it’s horrible.

    I think it's more a case of understanding its significance and intended meaning, rather than seeing it just as an image...

    lobster
  • KeromeKerome Love, love is mystery The Continent Veteran

    Is that supposed to be the birth of the Buddha? I vaguely recall he was supposed to have come from his mother’s side, but then that appears to be the front of a man’s chest.

  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    The jewel is in the Lotus.
    The Buddha is within us.

    We just need to bloom to expose the Jewel.
    We just need to reveal the Buddha Within.

    lobsterKundo
  • adamcrossleyadamcrossley Veteran
    edited January 4

    Yeah, as I say, I understand it. It’s just the actual image makes my tummy feel weird.

    I’m generally a squeamish person.

  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    @adamcrossley said:
    Yeah, as I say, I understand it. It’s just the actual image makes my tummy feel weird.

    I’m generally a squeamish person.

    (so you're not a paramedic then.... ;) )

    Kundo
  • VastmindVastmind Memphis, TN Veteran

    I’m currently experiencing anxiety and worry due to the government shutdown. (For any newbies, I work for the Feds)...anyway, I’m currently just learning to sit with it. If I notice my monkey mind going off, I start to verbally talk through it with myself. Some short as Mantras, and other times a full day of conversations, haha. It does help to be busy moving during the day. Cleaning and de cluttering spaces has made me feel like I’m accomplishing something and gets the physical energy out. I’ve also learned that I need to have more money in savings, so I’m more prepared next time. Just trying to stay in gratitude and reassure myself that impermanence can be a beautiful thing.

    lobsterKundo
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    How can we still @Shoshin gibbering chimp,

    Good luck with that ;) ;)

    Mind you ...monkey mind is a useful tool/friend, if given the right task to perform...

    lobster
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    It would seem that unbeknown to the unsuspecting mind one is in the habit of feeding monkey mind junk food/thoughts.... for example..

    "I'm anxious and I ought not be anxious, but because I'm anxious ...I'm anxious because I'm anxious" one is continually growing, harvesting and eating the crap crop...

    for when one put this self under siege, it will suffer . It will be so hungry and thirsty that it will eat its own dung and drink its own urine. AKA junk food...

    Trying not to be anxiety when one 'is' anxious...is only feeding the anxiety...

    In the long run and I do mean long run...being mindful seems to be the only sure fire way of overcoming an overthinking/overactive mind...it like a preemptive strike destroying the crop before it comes to harvest...

    When one is not feeling anxious, practice mindfulness, ( not only cushion time) for example when one is cooking, cleaning, watching TV, going out for a walk or drive...tune into the present with a breath or two, explore what's going on inside, and after a while it should (with the right effort) become the norm...

    At first monkey mind will put up a fight, ( hey it's been in control ( or should this be uncontrolled) for so long ...this is to be expected) but after awhile it will admit defeat and come to the party...

    (Well breathing for most of us is a natural process...not much thought goes into it) ...However if one becomes more aware of the breath this will take the attention away from the thoughts and onto what is actually felt :)

    Like most things it is easier said than done...but not impossible if one puts one's mind to it....

    lobster
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    @lobster said:

    >

    This reminds me of this ...

    Perhaps there's a connection.... .:)

    personVastmindKundo
  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    @Vastmind said:
    Just trying to stay in gratitude and reassure myself that impermanence can be a beautiful thing.

    In the higher abstractions of dharma practice, Nothing to be grateful for, beatified or beautified. However for us dharma mackerel and other fishy types still swimming with the schools, always move to the greater and lesser good according to capacity ...

    Cue the D Day for far shore advice ...

    Vastmind
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