Lojong 37: Staying Present

I’ve studied through the slogans a dozen times in my life;
these are my musings on the slogan currently, not a formal interpretation.
For that reason they are less about straight Buddhist teachings,
and I think able to be shared with most practitioners of other faiths or no faith
(unless yours doesn’t allow you to read any other tradition.) 

If you have time and the inclination, I published the WHOLE  thang here!

#28: Abandon any hope of fruition.

When you are hoping for this or that, your mind is future, not present.
Hoping is not problem solving.
Hoping is thinking about outcomes based on action or on non-action.
I am in such a place on several fronts right now.
I find I have to let go of futuring and hoping for outcomes because it is consuming.
I’ve taken all appropriate actions; done what I can do…
I am present to be able to step in if there is an opportunity to  do this or that…
But there is NOTHING for me to do presently except what is necessary
and in front of me now and now and now.
My work, play with the cats and Mitchell, watch a movie, make marks, and meditate.

*now if I can just practice what i know to be true…
turn it over to god/dess, the isness, the universe…
i have to remind myself daily, as worrying is a part of MY futuring…*

Okina Journal, with TWSBI ECO 1.1stub with Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Goldgrun ink.

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hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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4 Responses to Lojong 37: Staying Present

  1. loisajay says:

    Futuring is so consuming. And weighing the outcomes of things we know not….drains way too much energy, Katie.


  2. Heide says:

    A little bit of hope IS okay, Katie! Without it the human soul withers. In my own practice is seems that the trick is to attend to the present while laying hopeful seeds for the future through my present actions. It’s difficult to explain (and even harder to master) but maybe you’ll know what I mean. Anyway … thank you for sharing your thoughts here.


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