Thursday, July 30, 2015

5 Practices for Nurturing Happiness (3) 幸せを育む5つの実践 (3)

5 Practices for Nurturing Happiness (3)
By Thích Nhất Hạnh

Generating Mindfulness

The way we start producing the medicine of mindfulness is by stopping and taking a conscious breath, giving our complete attention to our in-breath and our out-breath. When we stop and take a breath in this way, we unite body and mind and come back home to ourselves. We feel our bodies more fully. We are truly alive only when the mind is with the body. The great news is that oneness of body and mind can be realized just by one in-breath. Maybe we have not been kind enough to our body for some time. Recog-nizing the tension, the pain, the stress in our body, we can bathe it in our mindful awareness, and that is the beginning of healing.

If we take care of the suffering inside us, we have more clarity, energy, and strength to help address the suffering of our loved ones, as well as the suffering in our community and the world. If, however, we are preoccupied with the fear and despair in us, we can’t help remove the suffering of others. There is an art to suffering well. If we know how to take care of our suffering, we not only suffer much, much less, we also create more happiness around us and in the world.

Why the Buddha Kept Meditating

When I was a young monk, I wondered why the Buddha kept practicing mindfulness and meditation even after he had already become a buddha. Now I find the answer is plain enough to see. Happiness is impermanent, like everything else. In order for happiness to be extended and renewed, you have to learn how to feed your happiness. Nothing can survive without food, including happiness; your happiness can die if you don’t know how to nourish it. If you cut a flower but you don’t put it in some water, the flower will wilt in a few hours.

Even if happiness is already manifesting, we have to continue to nourish it. This is sometimes called conditioning, and it’s very important. We can condition our bodies and minds to happiness with the five practices of letting go, inviting positive seeds, mindfulness, concentration, and insight.

(to be continued)


幸せを育むための5つの実践 (3)

私たちがマインドフルネスの薬を生み出し始める方法は、自分の吸う息と吐く息に完全な注意を払うことによって、(思考を)停止し意識的な呼吸をすることです。私たちが(思考を)停止し、このように呼吸をする時、心と体を結合させて自分自身(本当の自分)へ戻ります。より完全に自分の体を感じます。私たちは、心が体と一緒にいる時にのみ、真に生きているのです。素晴らしいニュースは、体と心の一体感がたった吸う一息で実感され得るということです。たぶん私たちは、時には自分の体に十分親切にできていませんでした。 私たちの体の緊張、痛み、ストレスを認識することによって、私たちは自分のマインドフルな気付きの中に体を入浴させることができ、それが癒しの始まりです。







Thích Nhất Hạnh