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Lions Roar : March 2008
SHAMBHALA SUN MARCH 2008 40 overcome with lust—it’s hard to maintain a sexual fantasy when you keep thinking about what lies just underneath the skin. And there’s contemplation of death for when you’re feeling lazy—you don’t know how much time you’ve got left, so you’d better meditate now if you want to be ready when the time comes to go. When these supplementary contem- plations have done their work, you can get back to the breath, refreshed and revived. So keep expanding your repertoire. That way your skill becomes all-around. WATCH YOUR EATING HAB ITS As the Buddha said, we survive on both mental food and physical food. Mental food consists of the external stimuli you focus on, as well as the intentions that motivate the mind. If you feed your mind junk food, it’s going to stay weak and sick- ly no matter how much you meditate. Show some restraint in your mental eating habits. If you know that looking at things in certain ways, with certain inten- tions, gives rise to greed, anger, or delusion, look at them in the opposite way. As Ajaan Lee, my teacher’s teacher, once said, look for the bad side of the things you’re infatu- ated with and the good side of the things you hate. That way you become a discrimi- nating eater, and the mind gets the healthy, nourishing food it needs to grow strong. As for your physical eating habits, this is one of the areas where inner strength training and outer strength training part ways. As a meditator, you have to be con- cerned less with what physical food you eat than with why you eat. Give some thought to the purposes served by the strength you gain from your food. Don’t Someday you’ll be forced to lay down this body, but you’ll never be forced to lay down the strengths you’ve built into the mind. Do you want leading edge skills to negotiate the challenges you face? Do you want world-class tools to transform conflict? Beyond YesTM: Negotiation Mastery from the Inside Out With Erica Ariel Fox (Lecturer, Harvard Law School) And Mark Thornton Mediating Dangerously: Conflict Skills for Difficult Times With Kenneth Cloke Register now while spaces last at www.eOmega.org or call 800-944-1001. Formerly hosted by the Harvard Negotiation Insight Initiative. “A perfect combination of professional skills and a personal journey. Truly exceptional.” –2007 Participant The Summer Learning Forum June 29-July 4, 2008 Hosted by Omega Institute, Rhinebeck New York MAR 18-41.indd 40 MAR 18-41.indd 40 12/19/07 2:34:50 PM 12/19/07 2:34:50 PM