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Lions Roar : March 2015
SHARE YOUR WISDOM What is the best thing Buddhism has done for your life? Doing activism and playing punk rock in the nation’s capital gets the blood pumping. But sitting in absolute stillness lets that blood nourish the brain, the body, and the spirit. It takes you to a place where there’s no clenched fist, but an open hand. No list of demands, just endless invitations. Funny how something as simple as minding the breath can be the most revelatory—and radical—thing. — Lucas Oswalt, Washington, D.C. Buddhism has changed my life deeply and continues to change it. One of the best things is that it showed me how to fall in love with this unfolding moment. It’s one of the most profoundly beautiful things I have ever experienced and it is always available. Thank you for asking. ;-) —Melissa Gill, Little Rock, Arkansas Slowly, through studying and meditating, I’ve learned that I am, indeed, in charge of my thoughts. Although it took some time and a lot of nerve, I was able to leave an abusive marriage after 20 years. I was able to walk away from people and situations that hurt me. And—the biggest gift of all—I discovered that I could be happy. — Deborah Demander, Evanston, Wyoming The one person who got through my stubbornness and false pride was Pema Chödrön, who impacted me with her books. And then Thich Nhat Hanh, loving and gentle, captivated me as no other could. Buddhism has led me to the middle of the road, offering peace of mind and a more open loving heart. — Kathleen Willard, Toronto, Ontario Next issue: Do you drink—why or why not? Send your answer and photo to email@example.com. In 2013, I had a brain hemorrhage and stroke. After two months in hospital and my continued rehabilitation at home, I cannot begin to convey the depth of gratitude I have for the path. Having the ability to breathe deeply and meditate assisted in my healing and provided an opportunity to engage in discourse regarding unconditional love, fearlessness, and wisdom with friends and family. — Dana Hangle, Lillooet, British Columbia SHAMBHALA SUN MARCH 2015 30 CULTURE • LIFE • PRACTICE