Sometimes High Notes, Sometimes Low Notes

Like in music sometimes there is harmony, sometimes there is dissonance. Our lives should flow like a piece of music and our mind and heart must be ready to embrace high notes and low notes and all the range of experience in between. If we reject the times when things feel incongruent, then we end up feeling restless, impatient and intolerant. This restlessness turns into a mindless longing for something better, something different than what is. Restlessness is one of the five hindrances in the Buddha-dharma. So to allow the music of our lives to flow we must allow things to take on their own expression, to evolve in the way that they must evolve. An attitude of non-judgement is essential to let the Way flow freely. If the way can flow freely then it is as if we are listening to the music of our life, sometimes discordant, sometimes melodious. Either way it is music and we should enjoy what we hear….

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You don’t have to do yoga to know that you should not “hold your breath”. Yet in order to make it through a topsy turvy time it is common for people to do just this. When we say “holding your breath” we do not simply mean not inhaling. Of course, people rarely “hold their breath” for without breath there is no life and by way of a long held breath, you might end up passed out on the carpet! It is more common for people to constrict their blood vessels, clench their nerves or tighten their sphincters in order to get by.

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