At Home in the Muddy Water: A Guide to Finding Peace Within Everyday Chaos

Ezra Bayda

Language: English

Pages: 160

ISBN: 1590301684

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


May we exist like a lotus, / At home in the muddy water. / Thus we bow to life as it is.

This verse is an important reminder, says Ezra Bayda, of what the spiritual life is truly about: the willingness to open ourselves to whatever life presents—no matter how messy or complicated. And through that willingness to be open, we can discover wisdom, compassion, and the genuine life we all want. In At Home in the Muddy Water , Bayda applies this simple Zen teaching to a range of everyday concerns—including relationships, trust, sexuality, and money—showing that everything we need to practice is right here before us, and that peace and fulfillment is available to everyone, right here, right now, no matter what their circumstances.

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know everything I could about practice and in wanting to do everything “the right way.” The only problem with this approach was that I actually began to believe that I knew a lot. In fact, after about three years I thought I knew more than the teacher! Having placed him on a pedestal for the first couple of years, I began to see what I thought were his faults. First I believed my projection of who I wanted him to be and what I wanted him to do for me, and then I felt disappointment that he didn’t

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to them? What are you believing right now? What are you physically experiencing right now? You don’t have to do anything except be aware. The genuine life is rooted in a rock-bottom security that develops as we come to know who we really are. This security is based not on self-image or social conditions, but on a sense of strength, presence, and connection anchored in a growing awareness of the vastness of our True Nature. 2 Meditation as a Transformative Process I USED TO APPROACH SITTING

appears to be, at least we can see it with some degree of clarity. Sexual fantasies are more complex. While they are sometimes based on sexual desire, they might also have their roots in some other form of neediness. Can we see to what extent our fantasy is just a form of mental comfort to fill the hole of longing, to subdue the anxious quiver of being? As sexual fantasies arise, can we meet them with the question, “What’s the practice here?” Are we even willing to practice in this area? From a

appears to be, at least we can see it with some degree of clarity. Sexual fantasies are more complex. While they are sometimes based on sexual desire, they might also have their roots in some other form of neediness. Can we see to what extent our fantasy is just a form of mental comfort to fill the hole of longing, to subdue the anxious quiver of being? As sexual fantasies arise, can we meet them with the question, “What’s the practice here?” Are we even willing to practice in this area? From a

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