You Are Enough: Speaking Up without Blowing Up. “To be beautiful means to be yourself.
You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh “I aim to please. It’s okay, no worries. The Surprising Secret to Being on Time. Rohan Gunatillake: 'Slow down and enjoy the karma of your devices' This article was taken from the December 2012 issue of Wired magazine.
Be the first to read Wired's articles in print before they're posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content by subscribing online. Thanks to the global spread of startup culture, you're just as likely to run into an over-caffeinated entrepreneur or over-pitched investor in London's E1 or Edinburgh EH1 as you are in the zip codes of San Francisco and the Bay. Whether it's the Fen, the Glen, the Roundabout or the Gorge, policy-makers tend to get excited about nominally replicating Silicon Valley's success. And when they do so they invariably focus on technology businesses' relationships to outward-looking universities, all set within creative, vibrant places to live. There is, however, one ingredient in the Bay Area cocktail that the wonks overlook: namely the role played by spiritual and contemplative communities in the development of digital culture.
Coming Out of the Spiritual Closet. Â€œThe role of the teacher is to plant the teacher in the student.â€ – Thich Naht Hahn There are all types of teachers.
Academic teachers, teachers of the arts, dance teachers, middle school teachers, swim teachers, and of course, the one thatâ€™s stumped me the most over the years…spiritual teachers. What does it mean to be a teacher? Iâ€™ve been sitting (and struggling) with this question consciously for the past year since I started working at Buddhist Geeks. A good friend of mine was gently nudging me to take the next step in my practice by teaching. As I dove deeper into this inquiry, I first bumped up against my unexamined assumptions and beliefs about what it means to be a teacher. But no one ever has it figured out fully, no matter how great they are at convincing you otherwise. Further down the rabbit hole, I came up against my own shadow in the form of judgement. â€œI canâ€™t be a teacher.
These judgements quickly turned to insecurity. » 12 Essential Rules to Live More Like a Zen Monk. “We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize.” - Thich Nhat Hanh By Leo Babauta I’m not a Zen monk, nor will I ever become one.
However, I find great inspiration in the way they try to live their lives: the simplicity of their lives, the concentration and mindfulness of every activity, the calm and peace they find in their days. You probably don’t want to become a Zen monk either, but you can live your life in a more Zen-like manner by following a few simple rules. Why live more like a Zen monk? One of my favorite Zen monks, Thich Nhat Hanh, simplified the rules in just a few words: “Smile, breathe and go slowly.”
However, for those who would like a little more detail, I thought I’d share some of the things I’ve discovered to work very well in my experiments with Zen-like living. “Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine.” - Shunryu Suzuki Do one thing at a time. “Before enlightenment chop wood and carry water. 1.A.7 Zen. Zenhabits. ‘Smile, breathe and go slowly.’
~Thich Nhat Hanh By Leo Babauta While some of you have been following Zen Habits since its early days (beginning of 2007), many of you are fairly new readers. To help you through the fairly overwhelming archives, I’ve compiled a beginner’s guide. Kind of a Quick Start guide. First, a note: Please don’t try to go through this all at once. 5 Quotes By Lao Tzu that, if applied, will change your life! Welcome To Personal Tao - Personal Tao. What Happened to Downtime? The Extinction of Deep Thinking & Sacred Space. Interruption-free space is sacred.
Yet, in the digital era we live in, we are losing hold of the few sacred spaces that remain untouched by email, the internet, people, and other forms of distraction. Our cars now have mobile phone integration and a thousand satellite radio stations. When walking from one place to another, we have our devices streaming data from dozens of sources. Even at our bedside, we now have our iPads with heaps of digital apps and the world’s information at our fingertips. There has been much discussion about the value of the “creative pause” – a state described as “the shift from being fully engaged in a creative activity to being passively engaged, or the shift to being disengaged altogether.”
However, despite the incredible power and potential of sacred spaces, they are quickly becoming extinct. Why do we crave distraction over downtime? Why do we give up our sacred space so easily?