The House is Quiet, Now What?: Rediscovering Life & by Kathleen Y'Barbo, Janice Thompson

By Kathleen Y'Barbo, Janice Thompson

Considering what to do now that the children have flown the coop? glance no additional than Turning issues for Empty Nesters, in which solutions to the questions and demanding situations now dealing with you live. Fuel-for-the-journey chapters deal with matters reminiscent of redefining and rediscovering your self, planned downsizing, facing melancholy, balancing new obligations, changing into a part of the sandwich new release, dwelling with a renewed function, and a lot more. packed with sage recommendation and functional, biblically-based tips, this exact quantity may help you devise a brand new flight development as you navigate your approach during the remainder of your extraordinary existence.

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For better or worse, whether we like it or not, we are all in this together. Learning how to care for one another is a central part of the path and of the practice. As the Buddha laid down the monastic injunction for the monks to care for each other, he placed the responsibility first upon the ill monk’s preceptor, then upon his teacher, and finally upon all his companions. Transposing this to our collective secular situation, we might say that we look first to our elected officials, as the dominant authority in our society, to take responsibility for helping clean up our mess and healing ourselves, but if these prove inadequate then it is up to the many other people in positions of influence to take the lead and show the way.

The mechanics of this process are mostly hard-wired, thank goodness, but we have direct access to the very best part of it: we have the privilege of paying attention to all that is happening, and for it to be illuminated T H E P O S T- C O P E R N I C A N R E V O L U T I O N 35 with mindful awareness. Being at the center of the world, we have pretty good seats for the show. It’s all flowing around us and through us; it’s all happening for us and by means of us. And when we decide to participate, by deliberately and wholeheartedly attending to the details of arising and passing phenomena, it can become a transcendent experience.

One is so deeply embedded in our civilization almost everything in our culture supports it; the other is a radically different view offered by the Buddha twenty-five centuries ago. Which approach is likely to contribute most to our own happiness? My bets are on the Buddha. We should begin by offering a rudimentary definition of happiness, for which we might fruitfully turn to modern systems theory. ) has some sort of membrane or way of defining a boundary between internal and external, between the organism and its environment.

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