As an educator, I have always believed that Buddhism is a more effective way to teach students than the typical “I-could-do-it-myself” methods. I believe that the Buddha’s methodology is based on the idea that our thoughts, feelings, and actions are all connected. In my opinion, this is very similar to how we have all been taught the importance of a life-long practice.
I love how the Buddha’s teachings are like a “life-long practice,” in that they require a lifelong commitment to meditation, or the Buddha’s teachings are almost more of a “practicing” because they are so much more difficult and more involved.
As someone who teaches meditation, I will tell you that I have found the hardest thing to do in my own practice is to actually sit down and do it. There is nothing more frustrating and frustrating than sitting with your eyes closed and mind stuck in some thought or feeling. This is why I think it is important to find a way to practice meditation, but not a way to do it.
While I’m a big believer in the meditation/mindfulness community, I’ve found that most of the meditation/mindfulness community is pretty much a bunch of hippies who use meditation as a way to get high and go to Hawaii. I’ve also been introduced to some very interesting people from this community, and there is a lot of value in what they do.
So where does the “meditationmindfulness” come in? I think it comes in because you need more than just the meditation mind to be on the right track. If you are practicing to be a Buddhist monk you are practicing the right way. But when you are practicing to become a writer and an artist you are practicing the wrong way. As soon as you start to use your mind as an ego tool you are doing something that is not in line with the Buddha’s teachings.
Like a meditation, you are practicing the right way. But if you really are a teacher you do not follow the right way. You actually have to practice the right way because if you continue to practice the right way, you are not going to get the message that you are the right way.
The Buddha thought that when you practice something it becomes automatic. When you practice to become a writer, you are practicing to become part of the stream of words flowing through the mind. This is not automatic and the result is not automatic. You might think you are practicing as the Buddha did, but you are actually practicing as a writer. The result is not automatic.
It’s easier said than done. When you practice Buddhism, you do practice. But it is hard to practice in the right way. You practice to become a writer. But you practice to become a doctor. You practice to become a lawyer. You practice to become a doctor. But you practice to become a lawyer, and so on.
Writing is not only difficult, it’s also solitary. The whole process has to be done by yourself. And in the end, you won’t ever really know what you wrote or the effect it will have on someone else. You can’t write the way you want to, and how much you want to, but if you’re trying to write a book about yourself, you better be able to say what you want.