Posted by: Upāsaka Subhavi | 01/31/2014

What Works

It’s a lesson that bears repeating evidently because I keep coming back to it time and again: do what works to calm and soften the mind when things are rough. Although there is a time to learn and to push oneself it is simply foolish to behave as if Right Effort is just this at all times.

This morning I dropped the idea of pushing and trying to develop this or that practice and decided to just do awareness of the breath using the meditation word “Buddho” with my mala. Since I was a child, I have always been attracted to rosaries (being raised lapsed Catholic they were always around) and this may help to explain why I am drawn to their use and why they have rather calming effect upon me-but I digress.

My point is this: watching the breath with “Buddho” and my mala for a half an hour seem to attenuate the high-pitched suffering and anxiety I have been feeling for weeks. Having not the strength nor patience for more discursive bhavana I initially turned to this practice again because I felt that I needed to remind myself of the polssibility offfered by the Lord and to keep that in mind during these rough times. What better way to do so then by repeating his most well-known attributes: the Awakened.

Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa.


  1. I loved this post. Offered some great insight. Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

    • Thank you for reading and for sharing! Be well!

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