Today I am feeling less frivolous than I might sometimes feel. The truth is that our family has been having a tough time of it. I'm not going to share details but to tell you that there is sometimes, in a family, the sense of being between two millstones, ground exceedingly fine. Just like as I do to remind myself that I have chosen to be a writer and all that that means, I need also remind myself that I am a householder and all that demands. So I will surrender to the mill and trust that all of us come out our essences intact.
Because of this, my heart goes back to a familiar refuge - the Six Paramitas of Buddhism. Today's Friday Challenge will be for you to choose one of the paramitas which I will describe below and see how it works in your creative life. I will do the same here today.
For a wonderful essay on the Paramitas please click the link below. As well, you can see my writings on these virtues by going into my category list to the right and down some and finding the label - Paramitas. There should be six of them!
A Bodhisattva’s actions are described in terms of the Six Paramitas, or Transcendental Virtues. The Paramitas are generosity (dana), discipline (shila), patience (kshanti), exertion (virya), meditation (dhyana) and transcendental knowledge (prajna). Incorporating the Six Paramitas into our lives even if we have not yet taken the Bodhisattva vow is a wonderful practice.