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According to an email I got from Thubten Dhargye Ling, July 15th is one of the days traditionally recognized as being the day of the Buddha's first teaching after becoming enlightened. There is a clear and understandable version of that story about the Middle Way and Four Noble Truths here.
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Reading this, I realized it was a good time to check in and find the areas of my life that are balanced or unbalanced. Usually, I do not encounter any trouble erring on the ascetic side. No, the difficulty (probably with many in America as well) is erring on the hedonistic side. Giving in to our wants, desires, and cravings, just because we can.
One of the things I've decided I need to come back to center on is input vs. output in my life. I find myself endlessly looking at things on the computer, but then do not give myself the space to process the information or let this percolate into my own ideas that lead me to produce something that is purely my own. It has been a while since I knitted or made something, aside from dinner every night.
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I find the endless hamster wheel of blogs and websites to be tiring and draining, instead of uplifting and inspirational, because my mind spins in convoluted circles even after the physical run on the wheel is over, and I don't get the rest I need.
So, back I go, into my meditation, my restfulness, to let the ideas calm, to make room for the best ones, hopefully, to rise to the surface.
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So, what about you? What parts of your life do you feel are off-kilter? What can you do to bring it back into balance so that you can be a more rested, happier you? I'd love to hear from you!