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Happy Labor Day: Buddhist Quote on Relaxation

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Take it easy today, ladies and gentlemen, before the fall madness gets into full swing, before Obama’s Speech Wednesday on Health Care Reform, before we all die sooner than we think. Relax. That’s really the point (or one point) of meditation anyway – to learn how to labor day by day more consistently, and relax completely into the discipline of mindful living.

Here’s a quote from my Buddhist teacher, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, on how to reduce stress completely. Seriously, could a guy who wasn’t relaxed and comfortable pull off a top like that? I think not. Relaxation and fashion go hand in hand.

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(photo courtesy of Elephant Journal)



“True relaxation suggests a deep underlying confidence in our
enlightened nature. We do not have to manipulate, because we trust who
we are. In an argument with a coworker, instead of trying to outwit
them, we use our energy to gather our breath, relax, and appreciate the
inherent goodness of ourselves and others. With this deep level of
relaxation, we are settling into the Buddha‘s territory, seeing the
world through enlightened eyes.”

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche



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Damaris

posted September 7, 2009 at 10:47 am


It’s a beautiful jacket and it deepens the color of his complexion.
and yes, I’ve relaxed in intense situations and find there a lot of things to discover about a person when they’re upset. I think that’s the reason why it’s rare for me to fire back. I know I’ll discover something about them and it gives me a chance to understand.
I guess it’s the same thing we do with ourselves.



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gary gach

posted September 7, 2009 at 11:07 am


wishing each & all a very happy zen labor day. no boundary between work and play: writing or washing the dishes, it’s all creativity. No separation. (But I could never build this wondrous belief net alone, this computer; this building, this car; this life)



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Anan E. Maus

posted September 8, 2009 at 6:21 pm


peace, patience, relaxation, acceptance and calm…
it is the foundation to all spirituality. Without it, spirituality can never really take hold.
gassho



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Cate

posted September 9, 2009 at 2:03 pm


That quote…is perfect. I actually wrote it down to add to my short list of ‘little daily reminders’. I have been listening to the words of Thich Nhat Hanh on his MINDFUL MOVEMENTS cd lately which i got from http://www.healthjourneys.com. The gentle reminders of these teachers, when repeated, stays with us and makes for a very calm, enlightened day. Thanks!
– cate



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