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Drop the Hammer and Start Loving Yourself!

2023-07-29T13:16:11+00:00

Please learn to love yourself! No matter if you are in pain, are an emotional wreck, are about to lose your lover or your paycheck. Whatever the conditions, there is no other choice based in reality but to love yourself, no matter what. Learning to love one self is critical to one's sense of well being. Self love, we could call this self kindness or self friendliness. This is a skill that can be developed. Even those who are extremely self critical can come to a joyful place of self kindness. This type of love is not based on a sense [...]

Drop the Hammer and Start Loving Yourself!2023-07-29T13:16:11+00:00

Deeper Dive in the Dharma: The Awakening Factor of Equanimity, May 24, 2023

2023-05-24T08:59:46+00:00

On Wednesday evenings, our Lakeland Insight Meditation Group (LIMG) has been studying and practicing the teachings of the Satipatthana Sutta, the four abidings in mindfulness. This week, we continue in the fourth foundation, mindfulness of  dhammas (mental processes.) To this point in the dhammas, we have studied the five hindrances, the five aggregates, and the six senses. We are now studying the seven factors of awakening. We have studied the first six awakening factors of mindfulness, investigation, energy, joy. and concentration. Investigation, energy and  joy are more activating in energy. The last four of tranquility, concentration and equanimity are more deactivating in energy. Mindfulness balances these awakening factors. [...]

Deeper Dive in the Dharma: The Awakening Factor of Equanimity, May 24, 20232023-05-24T08:59:46+00:00

Foundations of Meditation, Class V, Notes and Assignments

2023-04-25T01:19:08+00:00

I. Foundations of Meditation: Lovingkindness, Class V  Check ins  Welcome: has someone to present their image?  Friendship: Reflection: p37  "Boundless Heart" II. The Neutral Person       These are the people throughout the day that we pay little or less attention to; Our perception is that they are less interesting, so we lose our mindfulness. We are indifferent towards these people.  This is perception without mindfulness. Perception is based on history of emotions, views, beliefs etc  Mindfulness: waking up; remembering We are waking up to how are our preferences keep us blind Waking up to the neutral person’s aliveness; all [...]

Foundations of Meditation, Class V, Notes and Assignments2023-04-25T01:19:08+00:00

Foundations of Meditation, Class IV, Notes and Assignments

2023-04-19T21:10:00+00:00

Foundations of Meditation, Class IV, Notes and Assignments I. Check ins: A. The one situation you felt loved in? B. Review: Befriending the Body Meditation; Befriending thoughts, emotions and moods meditation Need to learn to love ourselves; As we do this intimacy evolves within ourselves and hence with others Easier to see we are all in this together; there is more love available love for others; and more willingness to spring into action for others If we are not quite there, we just wish for others to be well for that is what we want for ourselves II. Benefactor meditation A. [...]

Foundations of Meditation, Class IV, Notes and Assignments2023-04-19T21:10:00+00:00

Deeper Dive in the Dharma: the Awakening Factor of Concentration, April 19, 2023

2023-04-18T15:27:25+00:00

Why is Concentration Important?   "For one who develops in concentration, one can expect to develop in wisdom.” The Buddha Concentration makes us happy. At this stage we have been effectively committed to ethical conduct and guarding the sense doors. The mind is still, calm, unwavering, and focused. One finds it easy to witness what is arising in the mind, and to see what is arising as impermanent. We are developing a deep happiness that is not dependent on external sense pleasure. Truly, “happiness is an inside job.”  Concentration is important to reach the final goal of liberation from suffering. [...]

Deeper Dive in the Dharma: the Awakening Factor of Concentration, April 19, 20232023-04-18T15:27:25+00:00

Foundations of Meditation: Lovingkindness, Class III, Outline and Assignments

2023-04-17T17:45:27+00:00

Foundations of Meditation: Lovingkindness, Class III   I. Assignments Week III  A. Practice lovingkindness meditation 15min/day B. Read and study p 32-40 C. Mindfulness/lovingkindness throughout the day  II. Check ins:   A. Tonight Loving Kindness on befriending oneself  B.  Buddha's Quote on loving yourself :”You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.” C. Story from "Super Joy" Paul Pearsall : p8 D. Last time: discussed [...]

Foundations of Meditation: Lovingkindness, Class III, Outline and Assignments2023-04-17T17:45:27+00:00

Deeper Dive in the Dharma: Simplicity March 29, 2023

2023-04-11T08:02:21+00:00

On Wednesday evenings, our Lakeland Insight Meditation Group (LIMG) has been studying and practicing the teachings of the Satipatthana Sutta, the four abidings in mindfulness. This week, we continue in the fourth foundation, mindfulness of  dhammas (mental processes.) To this point in the dhammas, we have studied the five hindrances, the five aggregates, and the six senses. We are now studying the seven factors of awakening. We have studied the first four awakening factors of mindfulness, investigation, energy and joy. Investigation, energy and  joy are more activating in energy. The last four of tranquility, concentration and equanimity are more deactivating in energy. Mindfulness balances these awakening factors. Mindfulness is [...]

Deeper Dive in the Dharma: Simplicity March 29, 20232023-04-11T08:02:21+00:00

Foundations of Meditation: Lovingkindness, Class II, Outline and Assignments

2023-08-18T16:22:44+00:00

I. Foundations of Meditation: Lovingkindness, Class II  A. Check ins: report on your experience this week B. Review: mindfulness and mindfulness meditation Mindfulness: is  wholesome, is present moment observation of experience without judgment Mindfulness Meditation mindful attention and awareness We started with mindfulness, because the lovingkindness practices are relational: we need be present to be loving/compassionate. We also need be aware of  what is happening in the mind   Meditation: having an attitude of gentleness and receptivity Ex, driving: we are attending to the traffic and have awareness of the traffic and  pressure on the accelerator  C. Lovingkindness in our life The [...]

Foundations of Meditation: Lovingkindness, Class II, Outline and Assignments2023-08-18T16:22:44+00:00

Foundations of Meditation: Lovingkindness, Class I, Outline and Assignments

2023-08-17T20:23:46+00:00

I. Foundations of Meditation: Lovingkindness, Class I A.  We are a community! Community Guidelines: to the best of your ability, consistently think well of the other members of class please feel free to break as needed please feel free to stop me and ask a question The most important part of the class! individual check ins: name and intention to be here. B. Lakeland Insight Meditation Group Overview Upcoming activities: please sign up for the newsletter About donation (generosity) there is a box in the back of the room and one can can to our website and make a donation C. [...]

Foundations of Meditation: Lovingkindness, Class I, Outline and Assignments2023-08-17T20:23:46+00:00

Deeper Dive in the Dharma: The Awakening Factor of Tranquility, March 22, 2023

2023-03-27T09:51:56+00:00

On Wednesday evenings, our Lakeland Insight Meditation Group (LIMG) has been studying and practicing the teachings of the Satipatthana Sutta, the four abidings in mindfulness. This week, we continue in the fourth foundation, mindfulness of  dhammas (mental processes.) To this point in the dhammas, we have studied the five hindrances, the five aggregates, and the six senses. We are now studying the seven factors of awakening. We have studied the first four awakening factors of mindfulness, investigation, energy and joy. Investigation, energy and  joy are more activating in energy. The last four of tranquility, concentration and equanimity are more deactivating in energy. Mindfulness balances these awakening factors. Mindfulness is [...]

Deeper Dive in the Dharma: The Awakening Factor of Tranquility, March 22, 20232023-03-27T09:51:56+00:00
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