Relax - Back to Basics
In last fortnights blog 'Working Together to Promote Calm an Peace' we explored some ideas on how to foster calm and peace amongst all the uncertainty and fear that surrounds us all.
I wanted to explore this further and have been drawn back to foundations. I have been reminded of 'Lama Marut's Components of a Sane Life' and have been doing my best to put them into practice. I seem to have more time to do this which is nice. So what are these nine components
'Lama Marut's Components of a Sane Life'
1. Every night get a good nights sleep
2. Every morning wake up grateful
3. Meditate each day (prayer or contemplation are forms of meditation)
4. Keep track to you morality all day
5. Practice kindness to others (and yourself)
6. At days end bring to mind all the ways you were a positive force in the world and feel happy about that. Rejoice in all the ways you were better FOR others today (this includes maintaining social distance, hand washing and staying home)
7. Do some form of physical exercise
8. Every day spend some time studying something uplifting
9. One a week take a day off (we have lots of opportunities for this - time to rest, relax and replenish)
It is like this now! What is my Wisest Response?
Another thing that has really helped me is Lama Marut's saying 'It is like this now' which reminds me to accept what is happening right here and now instead of protesting that somehow it should be different from what it actually is!
Jack Kornfield has an extension of this particular phrase for more extreme times. 'Even this!' Once we have accepted how things actually are we can then ask ourselves - What is my wisest response to how it is now? When we take time to consider your best intention, our heart will know the answer and encourage us to enact kindness to ourselves and others.
3 Foundational Practices
I have also been reminded of the importance of our three foundational practices
2. Kindness to oneself and others
3. Meditation and contemplation - The Breath
Look after yourself (for you and others)
Take this time to replenish, restore and rest. Fill up your tank so you have plenty to share with others. As we explored last blog taking time to look after ourselves with those balanced self care activities is important for our own welfare allows us to be available for others.
Our Pith Instructions
As Cindy Lee reminded me the other day - following the pith instructions given to us by the government is the way to stay safe for ourselves and others
1. Stay at home
2. Wash your hands
3. Maintain social distance
4. Do it for others
I have been reminded of the importance of not letting fear and worry take over in my mind. Lama Marut says 'if you can do something about it, do it and relax and don't worry' and if you can't do anything about a situation, relax and don't worry! So either way worry is a waste of time and relaxing into what you can and can't control is much more conducive to our peace of mind.
Jack Kornfield says 'This is a time of mystery and uncertainty. Take a Breath. We have needed this pause, perhaps even needed our isolation to see how much we need one another'.
With love and my very best well wishes to you all
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