June 18, 2012
Comparing mind is probably nowhere more present than on hot summer day at the beach. Who can say they haven't been afflicted by it when scanning sunning bodies on the sizzling sand? We tend to respond to those we see with one of three conceits: "I look better than that person" (thank God that's not me!); or, "That's about what I look like" (we're a dime a dozen); or, "I'll never look that good" (wow, will I ever get up the nerve to play Frisbee?).
The warm weather is upon us, and most of us will want to enjoy it as lightly dressed as we can get away with. And with that, comparing-mind thoughts sprout like summer weeds. If that's the case with you, there's help at tricycle.com. No, we're not running a fitness infomercial, but we are running part 3 of Bhikkhu Bodhi's online retreat on the Four Protective Meditations. This week, the venerable translator/monk contemplates attachment to the body and teaches an effective antidote to the comparing mind.