Pema Lama: Vajrasattra practice is a tantric meditation done for the purification of karma
Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.
Mindfulness, paying precise, nonjudgmental attention to the details of our experience as it arises and subsides, doesn’t reject anything. Instead of struggling to get away from experiences we find difficult, we practice being able to be with them. Equally, we bring mindfulness to pleasant experiences as well. Perhaps surprisingly, many times we have a hard time staying simply present with happiness. We turn it into something more familiar, like worrying that it won’t last or trying to keep it from fading away.
When we are mindful, we show up for our lives; we don’t miss them in being distracted or in wishing for things to be different. Instead, if something needs to be changed we are present enough to understand what needs to be done. Being mindful is not a substitute for actually participating in our lives and taking care of our own and others’ needs. In fact, the more mindful we are, the more skillful we can be in compassionate action.
When you plant the seed, water it and look after the seed, it grows. It becomes a beautiful flower blossoming like the Lotus. If you don’t water the seed it cannot grow and it dies. When you start something new…like driving a car for the first time you have to practice daily and then it becomes second nature. Just like your meditation practice. It is important for you to practice daily to get the full benefit and so it becomes second nature to you.
“The great beauty of this country Nepal was not only in the breathtaking surroundings but the spiritual sounds that lifted my spirits and brought great peace to my soul. The beginning of a life long fostered relationship. “
Leslie Myles is co-founder, along with Pema Lama, of the Kingston Nepal Foundation to facilitate community health and education through sharing of best practices between Kingston, Canada and Sankhu, Nepal.
Leslie has long been an advocate for social change. Locally and globally, philanthropically and professionally – she’s motivated to give what it takes to make a positive difference.
Leslie has since dedicated herself to helping improve this region’s access to education and healthcare and invites the Kingston community to join her to help make a difference for children living on the rooftop of the world.
Leslie has leant her time and expertise to help other worthy social causes including: Kingston Interval House’s Women of Courage programs; the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston; and the Sydenham Lake Canoe Club. She has also summited Mount Kilimanjaro and climbed to Mount Everest’s base camp to raise money for charitable initiatives.
Leslie is also Managing Director of the Limestone Learning Foundation – a charitable organization raising money for student projects and initiatives that could not otherwise be offered by the Limestone District School Board. She brought the Body Shop to Kingston and ran it for 28 years before moving in to her current role.