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Accepting things as they are includes everything such as the fact that we can affect change to a degree and that affecting change is best done skillfully.
Well said I totally agree.
I listen to audiobooks. It can become a bit of a crutch though, I’ll admit.
Recently I’ve been a car passenger quite often, and I’d like to use these periods of time to practise some kind of mindfulness or contemplation.
As it is, I tend to do one of two things: either (a) practise mindfulness of the motion of the car and its effects on my body, while trying to maintain awareness of my breathing; or (b) visualize a crash in which I die, using this as an opportunity to relax and be at ease with my own impermanence. I generally visualize this from my own perspective first, with all the accompanying sensations, and afterwards from a more objective overhead perspective, or as an onlooker would see it.
—Thanks for bearing with this!—
I’d like to know, do any of you practise similar (or different) exercises in the car, either as a passenger or while driving?
And for bonus points, please rate my morbidity on a scale from “one” to “concerning”
I understand where you’re coming from, @DhammaDragon. I guess it’s somewhat inevitable, though not only with Buddhists. People assume Muslims won’t drink and will keep to the five prayers and so on, but many are quite lax. It can be similar to any statement of morality, like “I’m a vegetarian,” or “I don’t drive a car because of the emissions.” People can be quick to try and catch you out, or point out why you’re a hypocrite. I think it often comes from personal insecurities.
Generally, I don’t really tell people about my practice unless they’re people I’m close to and trust.
I have a friend who is not Buddhist but Muslim, and he has a certain energy about him. When we talk about religion, there’s a clarity there, and real respect and love. I know this isn’t quite what you mean, but what you said, @Kerome, put me in mind of him.
And I was also reminded of Tenzin Palmo’s relationship with her lama in Cave in the Snow.
Thanks for the lovely post. I enjoyed reading your thoughts on this. I’ll ask my friend if he’s ever had a teacher he connected with like this.