Thanks for the thoughtful sharing regarding “right intention/thinking” at today’s book group. As is true of so much in life, it’s a more complicated topic than it seems on the surface …. one that takes much reading, reflection, and practice (both in meditation and in everyday life). It’s a joy to be on this journey of spiritual growth together!
For our next session, please do the following:
1. Continue your reading and reflection about right intention/skillful thinking in the two books: “The Noble Eightfold Path” and the “Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness”. To help focus our time together, let’s concentrate on these two sources, and not bring other outside material to our March 17 session.
2. PRACTICE OF RENUNCIATION DURING THE NEXT TWO WEEKS:
CHANGE HABIT PATTERNS:
Examine various habits and simply change your routine. See what it’s like to drink green tea instead of black, to get up 15 minutes earlier than usual, to check email one time less each day, for example. CHOOSE SOMETHING THAT WOULD BE MEANINGFUL TO YOU AND STICK WITH IT EACH DAY.
PRACTICE THE WISDOM OF “NO”:
When you recognize that some things are not skillful, not helpful, not leading to happiness, practice saying, “No thanks. I’ll pass.” You may ask yourself the question, “is this necessary?” or “is this helpful?” If the answer is “no,” you can practice letting it go. Do this in a loving and wise way — not with feelings of avoidance or repression.
WHATEVER YOU CHOOSE TO PRACTICE, OBSERVE THE PROCESS YOU GO THROUGH IN MAKING THE CHOICE, STAY PRESENT TO YOUR COMMITMENT, AND NOTICE THE IMPACT EACH DAY. WE’LL HAVE TIME TO REFLECT ON THIS EXPERIENCE ON MARCH 17.
Finally, attached is some information on “attachment,” as used in Buddhist thinking. I hope you find it useful. Foregoing Attachment