Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Two Wonderful Writers

The Dalai Lama's book, Becoming Enlightened, has kept my mind occupied the past several days.  As i read, i am often reminded of the teachings of Jesus that tell us that in order to save one's life, one must lose it and that whoever wishes to be great must become a servant. This book will require several readings before i can understand and internalize what the Dalai Lama is saying, and i regret that i do not have the underlying knowledge of Buddhist writings that would aid me.  It is a wonderful book, and i heartily recommend it.

Another favorite writer is Leo Babauta, whose blog, zenhabits, i read regularly.  Today i read his post, the zen of doing, and i need to re-read this post regularly.  Multitasking is the bane of a peaceful life, and often i must remind myself to experience each task, each moment, each activity as fully as possible, without allowing my mind to be distracted.  It is the same when i meditate, the mind wanders off to what it thinks are more important things, like tasks waiting to be accomplished, and must be called back to the focus of meditation.  The discipline of focused meditation is a great way to learn to live in the moment, and i am confident that the longer i practice, the more i will learn to truly experience each present moment as God gives it to me.

My prayer is that you and i will relish each moment in the knowledge that life is too fragile and too brief to spend the present full of concern about the future or regret about the past.

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