By Noah Levine
Buddha used to be a innovative. His perform used to be subversive; his message, seditious. His enlightened standpoint went opposed to the norms of his day—in his phrases, "against the stream." His teachings replaced the area, and now they could switch you too.
Presenting the fundamentals of Buddhism with own anecdotes, workouts, and guided meditations, bestselling writer Noah Levine publications the reader alongside a non secular direction that has resulted in freedom from soreness and has kept lives for 2,500 years. Levine should still understand. Buddhist meditation stored him from a lifetime of dependancy and crime. He went directly to information and educate numerous others the Buddhist strategy to freedom, and the following he stocks these life-changing classes with you. learn and wake up to a brand new and higher existence.
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If our job is, say, bartending, close attention to our intention may reveal that our work is motivated by greed. A bartender witnesses the suffering of alcoholism and the confusion of drunkenness, yet profits from that suffering. Because profiting from the suffering and confusion of others has a negative karmic consequence, those who wish to be free from suffering should avoid all such jobs. Working in the sex industry as a stripper, prostitute, or purveyor of Internet porn is perhaps a more subtle form of wrong livelihood.
Yet life demands more than just paying attention during formal meditation periods. We must have the intention to be mindful and aware during all aspects of life. The body is the best place to start. Through redirecting the attention from the thinking mind to the felt sense of the body, we begin to condition the attention to be in the here and now. This is done by returning our attention to the physical experience each time it wanders into thinking about the past or future. The practice of mindfulness of the breath is especially helpful at the outset, because we are always breathing.
We realize that life is passing us by and that true happiness is not going to be found by merely floating downstream. So we turn to spiritual practices as a tool to find the satisfaction that has been eluding us. Meditation and spiritual principles give us the tools to start going against the stream. In the early days and months of practice it can be a struggle simply to stop floating down the stream in the old habitual way. As we bring awareness to our habits, tendencies, and worldviews, we at first may see only how confused we have been.
Against the Stream: A Buddhist Manual for Spiritual Revolutionaries by Noah Levine