Homemaker Buddha.

Via on Feb 1, 2010

Meditation practice isn’t for monks on top of peaceful mountains. It’s for life: silly, messy, aggressive, humble daily life.

Ever feel like this? Busy/crazy/sometimes lazy with the many mundane details of daily life, yet still focused, smiling, holding your seat?

lay buddha homemaker

The above reminds me of me, only my tools are laptop, dog leash, bicycle, cappuccino, iPhone…and, oh yeah, though my Buddha Nature is intact, I’m farrr from enlightened.

With thanks for the tip to Bob Weisenberg, who is everywhere. And to YogaDawg, the source.

Via Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche:

Two things cannot happen at once; it is impossible.

It is easy to imagine that two things are happening at once, because our journey back and forth between the two may be very speedy. But even then we are doing only one thing at a time.

The idea of mindfulness of mind is to slow down the fickleness of jumping back and forth. We have to realize that we are not extraordinary mental acrobats. We are not all that well trained. And even an extraordinarily well-trained mind could not manage that many things at once—not even two.

But because things are very simple and direct, we can focus on, be aware and mindful of, one thing at a time.

That one-pointedness, that bare attention, seems to be the basic point.

From “The Four Foundations of Mindfulness,” in The Heart of the Buddha, page 46.

© Diana J. Mukpo. Used here by arrangement with Diana J. Mukpo and Shambhala Publications, Inc.


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Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

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2 Responses to “Homemaker Buddha.”

  1. Kim Sequoia says:

    Thanks, I needed this reminder today.

  2. Aigul says:

    Hello,

    I do really like this “slow down and focus on only one thing” advice!

    Now I’m so tired and lazy to complicate my life with multitasking.

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