The Essential Reminders
EACH OF THE FOLLOWING APHORISMS points to a key point in practice; taken together are a summary of the main practices described in Zen Heart by Ezra Bayda.
One very helpful way to use these reminders is to pick one each day, returning to it repeatedly to remind yourself of what is most important.
- Drop the story line of “me.”
- Don’t try to change, just be aware.
- Perseverance is the key, not how you feel.
- The cardinal rule in relationships: refrain from blaming.
- Residing in the Heart—not thinking, not doing, just-Being.
- When you really pay attention, everything is your teacher.
- Be present as often as possible; stay there as long as possible.
- Remember your aspiration; without it there will only be sleep.
- The fundamental question: Can I reside in my experience right now?
- In this very moment, what would it mean to live from Being Kindness?
- Cultivate mercy toward yourself, compassion toward others will follow.
- Say yes to difficulties; they are not obstacles on the path; they are the path.
- Until you become intimate with your fears, they will always limit your ability to love.
Source- from Zen Heart by Ezra Bayda
Adapted by, G Ross Clark