The Life of Buddha

May 6, 2009 by  
Filed under Mindfulness, Spirituality

I’ve discussed about how connecting to the spiritual dimension is an important aspect of living a Low Density Lifestyle, and also the important of silence in connecting you to that spiritual dimension.

At the core of Eastern thought and philosophy is this understanding – that in silencing the mind, you silence the noise, the static, and the chatter that stops you from touching the spiritual force that is the central pulse of the universe.

Ultimately, according to Eastern philosophy, when you touch that spiritual force, you are cultivating the seeds of becoming enlightened, more self-aware, and more self-realized.

Enlightenment is one of the things that living a Low Density Lifestyle can do for you, because, as I said above, when you quiet the noise, you come into contact with both the universe within your soul and the universe of the cosmos.

Above, is a video that tells the story of Prince Siddhartha, who 500 years before Christ, went on a path of seeking that lead to spiritual transformation that turned him into the Buddha. Born into a life of opulence and great material wealth, he gave it all up to become a seeker – to find the answers to life’s deepest questions.

He founded the world’s first religion, and with it altered the way we all understand the nature and meaning of life.

You don’t have to be a Buddhist to enjoy this beautiful film – you can be Hindu, Jew, Christian, Muslim, Sufi, Sikh or any other religion.

Inherent within the film is a universal message: that spirituality plays a core role in life, and that it can be practiced just through the simple acts of kindness, compassion and love.

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The Nobility of Silence

May 5, 2009 by  
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47347495zengardenpathwayIn yesterday’s article, I told you of the importance of being connected to the spiritual dimension, and how that was an important aspect of living a Low Density Lifestyle.

When we are connected to that spiritual essence, we feel lighter of body, mind and soul, and when you feel lighter, you feel healthier, happier, and more in the flow. In other words, you are living a Low Density Lifestyle.

That spiritual force is something that can only be felt and experienced when we allow ourselves to be quiet and still, which allows us to hear the pulse of the universe.

Today, I would like to share with you words of wisdom from others, people who have touched that sacred aspect of life and have been able to articulate it well.

These words can help you at any time: when you are feeling happy and joyous, or at times when you are caught up in the High Density Lifestyle and need stress relief and a dose of healthy living.

These are words to carry in your heart at all times.

“We need time to dream, time to remember, and time to reach the infinite. Time to be.”1126065_corridor_sky
Gladys Taber (1899-1980)

“Listen in deep silence. Be very still and open your mind…. Sink deep in to the peace that waits for you beyond the frantic, riotous thoughts and sights and sounds of this insane world.”
From “A Course in Miracles”

“Let my doing nothing when I have nothing to do, become untroubled in its depth of peace, like the evening in the seashore when the water is silent.”
Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)

“The need for temporary solitude is so intense it amounts to an impediment, a malady, chronic and incurable like recurring malaria…. Like a remittent fever it is nothing you can banish. Outwardly we look okay, but inwardly we are desperate; gasping and frantic for something as integral to ourselves as the color of our eyes.”
Mirabel Osler

“When one is a stranger to oneself, then one is estranged from others, too. If one is out of touch with oneself, then one cannot touch others…. Only when one is connected to one’s own core, is one connected to others….. And for me, the core, the inner spring, can best be re-found through silence.”
Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001)

sochi-sunset-1-web“Learn to be quiet enough to hear the sound of the genuine within yourself so that you can hear it in others.”
Marian Wright Edelman (1939- )

“We seem so frightened today of being alone that we never let it happen. Even if family, friends, and the movies should fail, there is still the radio or television to fill up the void…. We can do our housework with soap-opera heroes at our side…. Now, instead of planting our solitude with our own dream blossoms, we choke the space with continuous music, chatter, and companionship to which we do not even listen. It is simply there to fill the vacuum. When the noise stops there is no inner music to take its place. We must re-learn to be alone.”
Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001)

“Once, after a particularly claustrophobic, stressful and over-populated time when there hadn’t been air or space to escape to, suddenly, for a few days, I was alone. It was like emigrating to another planet ( in fact I was at home ). Who was this person I was living with, this strange, this reasonable, serene foreigner in the house: a becalmed woman who spent her time inwardly humming?”
Mirabel Osler

“There is pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore, There is a society where none intrudes, By the deep sea, and music in its roar: I love not man the less, but nature more.”
Lord Byron (1788-1824)

“All man’s miseries derive from not being able to sit quiet in a room alone.”butterfly_of_love_2
Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

“I am here alone for the first time in weeks, to take up my “real” life again at last. That is what is strange – that friends, even passionate love, are not my real life unless there is time alone in which to explore and discover what is happening or what has happened. Without the interruptions, nourishing and maddening, this life would become arid. Yet I taste it fully only when I am alone….”
May Sarton (1912-1995)

“Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty, unfamiliar and perilous….”
Thomas Mann (1875-1955)

“You do not need to leave your room… Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait. Do not even wait, be quite still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked. It has no choice. It will roll in ecstasy at your feet.”
Frank Kafka (1883-1924)

“The cure for all the illness of life is stored in the inner depth of life itself, the access to which becomes possible when we are alone. This solitude is a world in itself, full of wonders and resources unthought of. It is absurdly near; yet so unapproachably distant.”
Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)

“There is a silence into which the world cannot intrude. There is an ancient peace you carry in your heart and have not lost.”
From “A Course in Miracles”

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Jon Kabat-Zinn on Mindfulness, Effortless Effort and Non-Doing

Not too long ago, Jon Kabat-Zinn, the author of Full Catastrophe Living and Wherever You Go, You Are There, gave a talk at Google on the subject of mindfulness and effortless effort.

The phrase effortless effort comes from the Chinese term wu wei, which is directly translated as non-doing.

Mindfulness and effortless effort are important tools for living a Low Density Lifestyle.

The concept of non-doing is a very difficult one for us Westerners to get, because we are used to doing, doing and even more doing. “How can we not do when there’s so much to do,” Westerners who contemplate wu-wei often ask – or at least this Westerner (me) did when I first learned of the term and tried to wrap my brain around it.

Anyway, I thought it would be best if I let Dr. Kabat-Zinn do the talking, and so I have posted his video from his talk at Google.

Watch it, and enjoy!