I haven't written much lately because I feel that my spirituality has been lacking lately. It feels like there's an invisible but very solid wall between myself and well... everything. So more like a wall around myself. It's like I'm stuck in my own mind. I find myself worrying a lot instead of living in the present moment. I haven't learned to trust my heart yet.
I tried to do a sort of walking meditation on my way to class, just focusing on the surroundings. It was hard to focus in the present moment but I got a few decent glimpses into it. One thing I tried that turned out very interesting was turning my attention to sound. I was amazed by how much you can hear that you don't usually notice. It gave me this sort of surreal feeling.
So the Buddhism part is self explanatory. The "Etc" in the title represents the fact that we're not strictly limited to Buddhism. You don't need to consider yourself a Buddhist to join, all you need is an interest. Check the interests list to see some of the things Buddhism is about.
I'm by no means an expert, I only started reading and thinking a lot about Buddhism a few months ago. I'm looking for people to share ideas with - quotes, stories, experiences, book reccommendations.
Everyone is welcome so long as they are respectful. Feel free to post frequently or to just read.
Once a farmer went to tell the Buddha about his problems. He described his difficulties farming-how either drought or monsoons complicated his work. He told the Buddha about his wife-how even though he loved her, there were certain things about he wanted to change. Likewise with his children-yes, he loved them, but they weren’t turning out quite the way he wanted. When he was finished, he asked how the Buddha could help him with his troubles.
The Buddha said, “I’m sorry, but I can’t help you.”
What do you mean?” railed the farmer. “You’re supposed to be a greater teacher!”
The Buddha replied, “Sir, it’s like this. All human beings have eighty-three problems. It’s a fact of life. Sure, a few problems may go away now and then, but soon enough others will arise. So we’ll always have eighty-three problems.
The farmer responded indignantly, “Then what’s the good of all your teachings?”
The Buddha replied,”My teaching can’t help with the eighty-three problems, but perhaps it can help with the eight-fourth problem.”
What’s that?” asked the farmer.
The eighty-fourth problem is that we don’t want to have any problems.”