What didn't make the cut - Jesus and Buddha: Mindfulness

A fifteen to twenty-minute sermon along with the need for organized, necessitates that some ideas and quotes fall to the ground of the cutting room floor. Below are some of those which didn’t quite make it past the first round.

1. Tom Stead imagines the Divine as pure non-judgmental awareness. If true, why are we so judgmental of ourselves?

2. Mindfulness and concentration heightens sensitivity and helps build “mind muscle” = the tenacity to keep returning to one’s object of concentration, making this practice valuable for many reasons.

3. If thoughts, like emotions or an itch, come and go, why do some attribute them to Satan, an external source.

4. Areas of awareness:

a. Body (tangible – fingers, legs, etc.)

b. Bodily sensations

c. Moods, emotions

d. Thoughts (mind sensations)

5. From “Living the Buddha” by

a. “In living mindfully, shining the light of our awareness on everything we do, we touch the Buddha (Christ) and our mindfulness grows.”

b. “Our true home is in the present moment. The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green moment in every present moment.”

6. “What mindfulness does is wake us up to our spirit or better yet, it wakes us up and makes us aware in our spirit. We experience our spirit, our essence, who we really are.” Contemplative Monk http://contemplativemonk.com/

Listen to what made the cut Click Here

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