By Ezra Bayda (Author), Charlotte Joko Beck (Foreword)

We will use no matter what existence provides, Ezra Bayda teaches, to bolster our non secular practice—including the turmoil of way of life. What we'd like is the willingness to simply be with our experiences—whether they're painful or pleasing—opening ourselves to the truth of our lives with no attempting to repair or swap something. yet doing this calls for that we confront our such a lot deeply rooted fears and assumptions so that it will steadily turn into freed from the constrictions and soreness they convey. Then we will wake up to the loving-kindness that's on the center of our being.

While many books aspire to convey meditation into daily adventure, Being Zen provides us sensible how you can truly do it, introducing recommendations that allow the reader to foster features necessary to endured non secular awakening. issues contain how you can domesticate:

• Perseverance: staying with anger, worry, and different distressing feelings.
• Stillness: abiding with chaotic studies with no turning into crushed.
• readability: seeing in the course of the conditioned ideals and fears that "run" us.
• Direct event: encountering the actual truth of the current moment—even while that second is strictly the place we do not are looking to be.

Like Pema Chödrön, the best-selling writer of whilst issues crumble, Ezra Bayda writes with transparent, heartfelt simplicity, utilizing his personal lifestyles tales to demonstrate the lessons in an instantaneous and available manner that might attract a extensive spectrum of readers.

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To find the answer, we need only look at our emotional upsets, which are always a clue that there’s some picture, some identity, that we’re still holding too tightly. ” Are we just trying to look good? Are we motivated by the need simply to be comfortable or secure? Are we ruled by the desire for money or possessions? Does our distress come from our pursuit of status or power? Does our anxiety tie in to our craving for approval? Are we just holding on, trying to maintain control? All these patterns lead to a life of no real satisfaction—in other words, a substitute life.

And then, while staying with awareness of breath and touch, expand your awareness to include the perception of sound, and then hold all three together for three complete breaths. To get a taste of the Three-by-Three, try this: first bring awareness to the sensations of the breath. Be sure you are feeling the physical quality of the breath, not just the thought of the breath. Now add to awareness the feeling of the air on your skin. Feel the temperature and the texture of the air. Now, while maintaining awareness of the breath and the air, expand your awareness to include the feeling of presence in your posture.

Are we ruled by the desire for money or possessions? Does our distress come from our pursuit of status or power? Does our anxiety tie in to our craving for approval? Are we just holding on, trying to maintain control? All these patterns lead to a life of no real satisfaction—in other words, a substitute life. When we understand the connection between our emotional distress and our expectations of what life should be, we can enter more deeply into an experiential practice life. Our path will take us directly to our core pain—into the helplessness of the loss of control, our fear of rejection or abandonment, our basic belief of separateness.

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