One fall-out of all the workshops, classes, conferences and workshops I've attended are the plethora of notes. I have storage bins and shelves of note-crammed journals. Transcribed here, from the little black notebook that hitches a ride in my purse, are these scribbled bits from my **former mindfulness meditation group leader. May they resonate with you, too:
"Happiness is an inside job."
"When the mind is still/calm: Happiness arises."
"The breath sweeps the mind."
"There is nothing to hold onto. Groundlessness. Let Go. Let Go."
"If we want to be free[...] let go of suffering."
"Have Compassion to the contents of the mind. Let thoughts [of suffering, etc.] pass through without identifying with them. Practice nonclinging."
"The awareness of feelings (anger, etc.) is not the feeling. Awareness of anger is not anger." [For more on non-attachment, see this "Journey with Grace" post.]
"Life is Change. When we hold on, we suffer. Happiness is letting go."
**The Nashville Mindfulness Meditation Group moved, last year, from the Vanderbilt Divinity School chapel to Second Presbyterian Church. The group is still led by "Christian-Buddhist," author of (What Christians Can Learn from Buddhists About Suffering,) Gordon Peerman, D.Min, an Episcopol priest, psychotherapist, Vanderbilt Divinity School professor, and Vanderbilt Integrative Medicine Center mindfulness teacher--and his wife, Kathy Woods.
Photos: My neighbor's willow, copyright, 2010, Leisa A. Hammett