Make a Belief

“One day Mara, the Buddhist god of ignorance and evil, was traveling through the villages of India with his attendants.  He saw a man doing walking meditation whose face was lit up in wonder.  The man has just discovered something on the ground in front of him.  Mara’s attendants asked what that was and Mara replied, ‘A piece of truth.’  ‘Doesn’t this bother you when someone finds a piece of the truth, O evil one?’ his attendants asked.  ‘No,’ Mara replied.  ‘Right after this they usually make a belief out of it.'”

– Soul Food: Stories to Nourish he Spirit and the Heart. Edited by Jack Kornfield and Christina Feldman

 

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To Hold Space

Our yoga psychology teacher gave us homework: to write personal code of conduct for close relationships with students.  There is of course the Yoga Alliance Code of Conduct, and, at the basic level, the boundaries are clear.  But it quickly becomes non-trivial.  What if teaching is a huge part of your life, and the main place where you meet like-minded people?  What if you do run into someone special, whatever that may mean.  What if, you know, you are human sometimes?  How close is too close anyway?  And why?  No, not because it’s written somewhere, but for real – why? Continue reading “To Hold Space”