Zen Spot #14 — Mindfulness, meditation and opening one’s heart with a different question July 9, 2018 00:00

A handout

The image above is common across religious traditions and other systems of belief. Perhaps manna is sought. Perhaps prostration is next. Perhaps a power greater than the believer is being recognized. In almost all cases — those listed here, and perhaps a million others — love has been chosen over whatever.

While the suggested position for meditation is legs folded with the back of one’s hands resting on one’s knees, with each index finger and thumb barely touching, raising one’s hands in the manner shown above provides an interesting alternative. To be sure, the traditional position is tried and true. It's to be expected that the feeling of raising one’s hands will feel curious— perhaps like a different question is being asked.

Try asking a different question, at least once.


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What are The Four Noble Truths?

  1. The truth of suffering
  2. The truth of the origin of suffering
  3. The truth of the cessation of suffering
  4. The truth of the path to the cessation of suffering

What is The Noble Eightfold Path?

  1. Right view
  2. Right intention
  3. Right action
  4. Right speech
  5. Right livelihood
  6. Right effort
  7. Right mindfulness
  8. Right concentration

What is a Dharma Wheel?