top of page
  • tombien

Meditation in Daily Life

We tend to think of meditation solely as the time we spend on our meditation cushion. While that is important, it is not the only aspect of meditation. Perhaps not even the most important part.

Practicing deep, compassionate listening is meditation. Practicing kind, loving speech is meditation. Contemplating the clouds, the blue sky, the trees, the river, the shining eyes of a child is meditation. Taking good care of our anger, our sadness, and yes also our joy and happiness is meditation also.

Perhaps the most important moment of seated meditation is the moment when we ring the bell to end our sitting. Do we form an intention then to bring the meditation from the cushion to our daily life? Or do we think, I’m done: I can check the box for having meditated today and just move on in the same old way?

If the latter, we are missing the true power of meditation.

14 views1 comment

Recent Posts

See All

We are exposed to so much noise. This noise takes many forms. Some of it is silent, like our perpetual reading of stuff on our phones and computers. This noise only feeds the inner noise—the contin

I usually talk to people about the alaya in the context of managing emotions: as seeds of emotion manifest in the mind, arising from the alayavijnana or store consciousness, we take care of it by rais

This spring the cottonwood tree in my yard has been unusually fecund. An incredible amount of white, cottony fuzz has been floating in the air around my house. In one location, it even formed a drif

Screen Shot 2020-12-20 at 7.46.41 PM.png
Screen Shot 2020-12-20 at 7.47.18 PM.png
Screen Shot 2020-12-20 at 7.47.07 PM.png
Screen Shot 2020-12-20 at 7.46.49 PM.png
Screen Shot 2020-12-20 at 7.46.58 PM.png


bottom of page