Christopher Titmuss Dharma Blog

A Buddhist Perspective

This content shows Simple View

practice

Join our Buddha Study Guide on Zoom on Saturday 25 June 2022. An Exploration of a Classic Discourse. Two 60-minute sessions. Register for link. No charge.

A One Day per Month Study of specific and most-loved Discourses of the Buddha.
Next meeting on 25 June 2022
Session 1. CET 8.00
Session 2. CET 16.00.
You can join any time during the year and attend as many sessions as you wish.
Two 60-minute sessions, plus 30-minute exchange Suchitra, the assistant, at end of first meeting.
We invite donations to support the teachings. See top right of home page.

Continue reading 



Zoom. Right Effort. Right Endeavour. Saturday 11 June 2022. Three 60-minute Sessions. Hosted in Israel.

ZOOM ISRAEL MINDFUL SPACE
Series of Talks/Practices on each link in Noble Eightfold Path. Israel time zone (one hour ahead of CET).
Saturday 11 June 2022

Right Effort/Right Endeavour. One day with one link per month.

What is worth applying a measure of effort towards?
What is wise effort? What is unwise effort in daily life?
Is pushing oneself a compensation for tiredness and resistance?
What shows intensity, pressure, control, will power?
What shows the skilful application of extra energy
What shows love in right endeavour?
Right means comprehensive, fulfilling, and ethical.

8.45 am – 9.45 am Israel time. (7.45 am – 8.45 am CET). Talk. Guided Meditation
13.45 – 14.45. Israel Time. (12.45 – 13.45 CET). Talk. Q and A. and Guided Meditation
16.00-17.00 CET. 17.00.18.00 Israel Discussion Groups (without a teacher)
19.45 – 20.45 Israel Time. (18.45 – 19.45 CET). Talk Q and A.

https://todaabria.mindfulspace.co.il/christopher-titmuss/
support@mindfulspaceilhelp.freshdesk.com

Do join for a single session or more. For new and experienced in the exploration of daily life employing mindfulness and more.



Are You Ready to Offer a Mindfulness Class?

You may have completed a Mindfulness teacher training or advised to start a group as part of the training. Continue reading 



What is the Ultimate Truth? What is the relative truth? Guided Meditation. Talk. Q and A. with Christopher. On Line. Sangha Live. Sunday 5 June 2022. 20.00 – 21.30 CET

In the spiritual, mindfulness, religious, Buddhist circles, we use the word ‘practice’ with frequency. Practice provides a genuine sense of development, of moving forward, while a fading of practice can give the sense of being stuck or slipping back into old patterns. Continue reading 



I received an e-mail on a person’s response to challenging emotional states. Here is the email and my reply.

I received this email – a reminder of the benefits of spiritual practice/mindfulness/meditation and the support it provides in emotionally challenging situations.

Here is the email along with a short response from myself. The writer gave me permission to post her email on the blog.

Dear Christopher,

Last week, I experienced the most emotionally challenging situation in some years with intense feelings of sadness, despair, anger and overwhelm. In the midst of it, I also noticed change.

Would I have found myself in this situation some years ago, I would not have had faith in the fact that this too will change. The mental state of despair would have lasted for days if not weeks and would have resulted in nights without sleep and mental and physical exhaustion.

This is not my experience anymore.

Instead, whilst still experiencing quite intense suffering, there is something inside me that knows that this will not last. That just like everything, this feeling of despair will go away and be replaced by joy again. I now know what to do in a situation like this: Go out and walk. Look at nature and wildlife. Talk to friends. Concentrate on bodily sensations, even if it’s just possible for a few seconds to remain with these. Not beating myself up for how I feel and act. Not beating myself up for not sitting down to meditate. Not being ashamed.

In this difficult situation, I strangely experienced a feeling of happiness that I had not experienced before. I felt a gentle flame burning inside of me that didn’t want to be extinguished, not even in this situation of despair. A deep willingness to be alive in this world with all its suffering and beauty. For a short while, I was even thankful for this suffering, because it had shown me a resilience inside of me, I hadn’t felt in this way before.

This resilience has slowly developed over the last years and to know that it will grow even bigger in the years to come fills me with joy.

I am writing this text knowing that I might not feel this hopeful in an hours time, but what I do know is that there is something inside of me now that can never be taken away again.

There will be situations where I won’t be able to feel this way, but I do know that this doesn’t mean this light inside me is not here anymore – it is only invisible to me for a short while and will become visible again.

The change that has taken place inside me didn’t happen by accident. Some years ago, at the lowest point of my life, I was lucky (and persistent) enough to find a good therapist. I started practicing meditation and became interested in Buddhism. In the last year, my practice deepened through the help of very good teachers. I could not have done this by myself.

During these last years, I have learned some lessons. I forget them frequently, sometimes on a daily basis-hence I am writing them down for moments when I can’t see clearly.

  1. There is always light. If you can’t see it today, look for it again tomorrow. And the day after tomorrow.

2) Don’t hide your true feelings. Get help from outside if needed. Friends, a therapist, a teacher. Or a dog.

3) If you don’t feel like going for a walk, force yourself. If you can’t force yourself, don’t beat yourself up about it. In fact, don’t beat yourself up about anything. Just try again tomorrow.

4) If you’re caught between pride and love, choose love.

5) What other people think about you is none of your business.

6) Change inside can change every situation. Yet it sometimes needs outer change, in order to start inner change.

7) Listen.

8) In the darkest of your nights, go outside and hug a tree. It might not help, but surely the tree won’t mind anyway.

9) Your childhood might determine how easily you can be happy. It does NOT determine WHETHER you can be happy.

10) Fear is not a good advisor.

11) If you feel a purely positive impulse inside of you arising, don’t hesitate and wait for your mind to supply you with reasons not to act.Follow it.

12) You don’t help other people by making their problems your own. You help by being there, listening and keeping your calm.

13) Everything changes.

Love

Dear ..

Thank you for your very thoughtful reflection.

Your wise responses to the arising of emotions that can oppress consciousness develop a deepening of your trust in your capacity to accommodate these troubling moods – like dark and stormy clouds.

Wisdom knows that what arises will pass. The application of exposure to the light makes such a difference – outdoors, nature, creatures, friends, witnessing body sensations, formless days rather than formal meditation and remembering a thought is just a thought. You pinpointed key features for transition out of the dark cloud.
The dark thought comes from the mood not from the space found in exposure to the light.
Your resilience shines through. 
You wrote a beautiful statement. It would be worth your reading aloud as a statement of light – both in joyful times, quiet times and during the time when a cloud blocks the sunshine.
Your understanding of the dynamics of arising and passing will benefit others going through the same dynamics.
Love,
Christopher

www.christophertitmuss.net/donations

 




Join our monthly e-Newsletter

Never miss an update

top

Join our monthly e-Newsletter

Never miss an update