To simply be in the present moment is mindfulness. As a central theme of the Buddhist tradition, its practice dates back over two millennia, but has since spread into various other spiritual and non-spiritual forms.
There is a mountain of excitement and education to be found in books written by high adventure/outdoors guys living on the edge. As a result, I have become a real-life adventure author junkie as of late between Laird Hamilton’s Force of Nature, Yvonne Chouinard’s Let My People Go Surfing, Shaun Tomson’s Surfer’s Code and Jaimal’s Saltwater Buddha.
When you look around and see the way we are using up our world and then how we treat each other you must think, if only for a brief moment, that there must be a better way of doing things.
When Lou returns from Brazil, he has a different attitude about life. He realizes that he has lost his connection with the environment and animals that he had as a child in his native born Holland. To change this, he begins to approach work differently; he takes up the study of zen baltimore, and meets a completely different kind of girl. All the while he is trying to find the meanings of his life mission that his spiritual guides referred to.
Anger and calmness, peace and war, judgment and happiness cannot happen at the same time. Choose which set of emotions you prefer to live with. Forgiveness helps turn anger into feeling sorry for the source of the pain or hurt. It calms things down and reduces the desire for revenge, rage, payback.
How do I know that? That’s my specialty – I am an author, workshop leader and Ordained Minister whose specialty is Angels. For the past 10 years I have been helping people in private sessions and in workshops to connect more deeply with their Angels for help and assistance.
Dzogchen Ponlop’s latest book “Rebel Buddha, On the Road to Freedom” provides average Westerners with some possible answers to these questions as well as additional questions to ponder. It also advocates what he labels American Buddhism. The book is a seminal, yet simple opening to ancient wisdom in which he boils down Buddhist wisdom into simple concepts and actions that anyone can practice and benefit from.