In this short reflection, we explore how we can bring mindfulness and self-compassion to the habits of obsessing, over-consuming and hurting ourselves and others that keep us from true happiness, connectedness and peace.
The happiness we seek is available in the moments when there is really no clinging, there is simply openness and presence and ease.
Listen to the full talk, “The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Working with Attachments and Addictions.”
Without desire everything is sufficient.
With seeking myriad things are impoverished.
Plain vegetables can soothe hunger.
A patched robe is enough to cover this bent old body.
Alone I hike with the deer.
Cheerfully I sing with village children.
The stream under the cliff cleanses my ears.
The pine on the mountain top fits my heart
Zen Poet, Ryokan