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Lions Roar : September 2012
SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2012 55 THE FINAL WORD Song of Equality by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso All appearances are an equality of appearance and emptiness Each and every sound is an equality of sound and emptiness Feelings, all of these, are an equality of bliss and emptiness So, rest then evenly in the equality, free of thoughts’ complexity Go about the city, and do it like this, be open, spacious and relaxed Resting evenly in the equality free of all complexity. KHENPO TSULTRIM GYAMTSO RINPOCHE is a Vajrayana Buddhist master who is renowned for his spontaneous songs of realization. © 2012 by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. Translation by Jim Scott. YOU’RE WORRYING about tomorrow’s math test, the upcom- ing prom, or getting into college. You’re ruminating about yes- terday’s fight with a friend or missing a goal in the big game. This is your mind creating stress by dwelling on the future and the past. But your body is always in the present moment. So when it comes to working with stress, the body can be your best friend. Through it, you may discover that most things are manageable in this moment, and now in this moment, and now in this one. You simply have to “come to your senses,” and to do that you can use the five-senses drill. It can be done in less than three minutes. Try it and see how it works for you. Start by focusing your attention on things you can see in the room around you. Choose an object in your visual field to focus on. Look at the object and describe it silently in your mind by noticing the color, size, shape, and texture. Repeat this with four more objects you can see. Now focus your attention on things that you can hear. Silently describe to yourself each sound, according to what kind of noise it is, how far away it is, and whether it is steady or changing. Continue listening until you have noticed at least three sounds in or near the room where you are. Next, move on to the sense of smell, and again describe silently in your mind any smells that you become aware of. This can include the fragrance of the shampoo that you last used or the laundry detergent on your clothes. Moving on to taste, see if there are any flavors lingering in your mouth, perhaps food, toothpaste, or gum. Finally, check in with your physical body. Feel your feet on the floor. How hard or soft is the cushion or chair under your bottom? Notice the temperature of the air on any of your skin that is exposed. Take three deep breaths and notice that the focus of your attention is in the present moment. You can now return your relaxed attention back to the task in front of you. JESSICA MOREY is executive director of Inward Bound Mindfulness Ed- ucation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of teens. TEENS Chilling Out, Naturally Forget drinking or drugs—Jessica Morey offers teens a straightforward stress buster. You drop your cup and the shards go everywhere. Everything stops for a moment. Nobody’s hurt. Sweep it up. What were we arguing about? Natural funniness. Just what is! Here’s what Chögyam Trungpa says: “Humor is an appre- ciative gesture. That is, things don’t seem to be as heavy as we think they are, but they seem to be floating above the ground, and seemingly hilarious, funny, swift, and lucid. At the same time, humor is not particularly casual or haphazard. It comes from delight and it comes from celebration. A sense of humor from that point of view is very transparent; at the same time, it is very definite. It has its own background and sanity.” Amen. We are so lucky that this uncompromising yet kind world gives us opportunities for a fresh glimpse. With all the stress, speed, and anxiety of modern life, we’re so lucky that some things never change. Moon and stars, rain and snow, a gap between every thought. Phew—it’s possible to relax, to smile in the space between things, to see the simple humor of it, at least for one breath, just as it is. CAROLYN ROSE GIMIAN has edited many of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s books, including his Collected Works and Smile at Fear. PHOTO:KUZMA/DREAMSTIME.COM