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DEC.22,2016 MINDFUL MOMENTS IN MANOA

 Dear friends,

During this holiday season, it feels so natural to explore the heart of the Christmas story — God chooses to come into this world not as some mighty ruler, as in the Old Testament, but through radical vulnerability as an infant born homeless in a manger.
There is the kind of radical vulnerability at the heart of our mindfulness practice.
Mindfulness is about truly appreciating your life as it is right now, in this moment. We tend to daydream all the time, dwelling on the past and speculating about the future.

Releasing the grip of the past or the allure of the future puts us in this radical vulnerability of the present moment.

Radical because often we go into past and future as a defense against awkward or boring or painful present moments. Moments which send us unconscious signals – danger! Uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure ahead!
Just being purely and simply present, awake and aware, with no agenda at all.

This is mindfulness — and we when we are mindful like this, we radically step out of our habital comfort zones of control and manipulation. 

Living with mindfulness and meeting each moment as it is takes practice and a kind of courage –often depicted symbolically as fierce figures in Buddhist iconography.

Mindful moments happen organically, when you suddenly feel very intimate with your life, the dishes, the bills that pile up.


It’s just plain vulnerable to be human, to be in a body, and be intimate with others in this way, with mindfulness.

And to meet that vulnerability fully, not half-assed, that’s tenderness. We open little by little into the warmth and tenderness of our own essential Vulnerability.


Jack Kornfield once used a phrase in one of his talks:

“The winds of karma change like the swish of a horse’s tail.”

Can we take refuge in this tender, vulnerable place of being open to uncertainty, of the way things are, right now?


This tenderness/ vulnerability is the birthplace of the endlessly renewable energy sources of courage, love, empathy, and compassion.


But we can’t tap these ceaselessly renewable energy sources by striving.


Because they are already here for us, at the center of our being, just waiting for us to ease-fully put down our burdens.


The ninth century Persian Sufi mystic Abu Yazid Al-Bistami observed:

“This thing we tell of
can never be found by seeking,
yet only seekers find it.”



The “finding” of this thing the sages speak of comes though treading lightly in our mindfulness practice.


By letting go of goals, and just being here, awake and present to our life just as it is.


I will leave you with a teaching from the 6th century B.C. Chinese sage Lao Tzu:

Always we hope
someone else has the answer,
some other place will be better,
some other time,
it will turn out.

This is it.

No one else has the answer,
no other place will be better,
and it has already turned out.

At the center of your being,
you have the answer:
you know who you are and
you know what you want.

There is no need to run outside
for better seeing,
nor to peer from a window.
Rather abide at the center of your being:
for the more you leave it,
the less you learn.

Search your heart and see
the way to do is to be.

Abide at the center of your being.



~ ~ ~

Have yourself a vulnerable little Christmas.
May your heart be light.
Next year all our troubles will be out of sight.

~ ~ ~

Wishing much love, and tenderness, and happiness … and a merry Christmas .. to all of you from all of us.

Tom, Katina, Tutu and the kids

If you miss tonight’s potluck — you still in luck
Last potluck of this holiday season is
Next Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Our good friends at Honolulu Dhamma Community invite all of us on this Aloha Sangha email list to attend their Annual Holiday Party and Vegetarian Potluck
Tuesday, December 27, from 6:30 to 8:30 at Hawaii Loa Ridge Clubhouse
on Pu’u Ikena Drive, between Aiana Hana and Niu Valley. Please stop at the Guardhouse for check-in — just say your are attending the Holiday Party hosted by Dr and Mrs Thanh Huyhn.
 
 
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–>> sharing this email with friends who may be interested or

–>> following us on our Facebook Page

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–>> checking out our blog–>> http://alohasangha.com/

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Hope to see you tonight – Thursday 12.22.16 – and bring a friend!

Be safe, be well…

 
 
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Dear friends,
During this holiday season, it feels so natural to explore the heart of the Christmas story — God chooses to come into this world not as some mighty ruler, as in the Old Testament, but through radical vulnerability as an infant born homeless in a manger.
 
There is the kind of radical vulnerability at the heart of our mindfulness practice.
 
Mindfulness is about truly appreciating your life as it is right now, in this moment. We tend to daydream all the time, dwelling on the past and speculating about the future.
 
Releasing the grip of the past or the allure of the future puts us in this radical vulnerability of the present moment.
 
Radical because often we go into past and future as a defense against awkward or boring or painful present moments. Moments which send us unconscious signals – danger! Uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure ahead!
 
Just being purely and simply present, awake and aware, with no agenda at all.
 
This is mindfulness — and we when we are mindful like this, we radically step out of our habitual comfort zones of control and manipulation. 
 
Living with mindfulness and meeting each moment as it is takes practice and a kind of courage –often depicted symbolically as fierce figures in Buddhist iconography.
 
Mindful moments happen organically, when you suddenly feel very intimate with your life, the dishes, the bills that pile up.
 
It’s just plain vulnerable to be human, to be in a body, and be intimate with others in this way, with mindfulness.
 
And to meet that vulnerability fully, not half-assed, that’s tenderness. We open little by little into the warmth and tenderness of our own essential vulnerability.
 
Jack Kornfield once used a phrase in one of his talks:
 
“The winds of karma change like the swish of a horse’s tail.”
 
Can we take refuge in this tender, vulnerable place of being open to uncertainty, of the way things are, right now?
 
 
This tenderness/ vulnerability is the birthplace of the endlessly renewable energy sources of courage, love, empathy, and compassion.
 
But we can’t tap these ceaselessly renewable energy sources by striving.
 
Because they are already here for us, at the center of our being, just waiting for us to ease-fully put down our burdens.
 
The ninth century Persian Sufi mystic Abu Yazid Al-Bistami observed:
 
“This thing we tell of
can never be found by seeking,
yet only seekers find it.”
 
 
 
The “finding” of this thing the sages speak of comes though treading lightly in our mindfulness practice.
 
 
By letting go of goals, and just being here, awake and present to our life just as it is.
 
 
I will leave you with a teaching from the 6th century B.C. Chinese sage Lao Tzu:
 
 
 
Always we hope
someone else has the answer,
some other place will be better,
some other time,
it will turn out.
 
This is it.
 
No one else has the answer,
no other place will be better,
and it has already turned out.
 
At the center of your being,
you have the answer:
you know who you are and
you know what you want.
 
There is no need to run outside
for better seeing,
nor to peer from a window.
Rather abide at the center of your being:
for the more you leave it,
the less you learn.
 
Search your heart and see
the way to do is to be.
 
Abide at the center of your being.
 
~ ~ ~
Have yourself a vulnerable little Christmas.
May your heart be light.
Next year all our troubles will be out of sight.
 
~ ~ ~ 
Wishing much love, and tenderness, and happiness … and a merry Christmas .. to all of you from all of us.
 
Tom, Katina, Tutu and the kids

 

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