Spirituality Brought to you by Being Human

I’m way more interested in being human than I am in being spiritual, and as a result…I find myself experiencing life from a much more spiritual perspective, with a lot more compassion and patience.

Here is the passage that inspired this podcast:

"Lama Surya Das, the "Buddha from Brooklyn," is one of the handful of 

Westerners who have been teaching meditation for decades. And yet, he 

says we're doing it wrong.

Lama Surya Das says there are other ways to meditate besides those that 

are currently popular: "So many people seem to be moving narcissistically 

into self-centered happiness-seeking and quietism, not to mention the use 

of mindfulness for mere effectiveness," he says. "True meditation 

generates wisdom and compassion, which may be very disquieting, at 

least in the short term."

"'Quiet your mind' or 'calm and clear your mind' are instructions I hear 

way too much," he says. "Some teachers actually encourage people to try 

to stop thinking, when in fact meditative awareness means being mindful 

of thoughts and feelings, not simply trying to reduce, alter or white them 

out and achieve some kind of oblivion."

"The anti-intellectual meditators, thought-swatters and imagination-

suppressors have long ruled meditation-oriented circles in the West," he 

says. "But authentic meditative practices can enhance and even unleash 

the creativity and imagination.'

You don't have to quiet the mind to do many of the types of meditation 

he proposes. They don't involve trying to find a quiet 'moment of Zen' 

apart from the messy, noisy world of work, family and children, but rather 

inviting all of the noise into meditation.

Amy Loftus