Questions

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Since the beginning of last year I’ve written many posts in this place. I feel it’s time to start asking questions instead.

During the interviews that will follow here in the coming weeks I noticed how inspiring it can be to reflect together on basic questions. This led me to the idea to offer to all of you the very same questions I sent out to those I interviewed. Enjoy!

Why did you decide to start meditating and/or practicing Buddhism?

What is the most important aspect of Buddhism for you?

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How has your life changed since your meditation training?

What do you think benefits yourself and the people around you most in your way of working?

What is the biggest challenge for you in practicing meditative skills in your life?

What do you think is the biggest challenge for the people you work with in our modern world?

What is the most important skill for you in life and work?

How do you integrate the two truths (the relative and the absolute) in your life and work, in your response to the world?

What is the biggest change and what has been your biggest challenge personally since you started focusing on meditation and spiritual development?

What are the elements in your daily life that help you to be clear about your focus, your orientation and that encourage your development?

We meet experiences that make us happy and others that are challenging. How do you respond to and deal with those experiences?

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How do you personally integrate awareness and the training of body, speech, and mind? What is your favorite method?

How do you navigate or organize the constant accessibility of media and digital devices? Do you find it easy to live with them naturally or do you limit your accessibility consciously?

“Like living in a glass house” can mean we are content where we are and can enjoy what we see outside. It can also mean that we crave what is outside and find it difficult to be content with what we actually find “at home.” How is that for you? Is it not a problem? Do you set clear boundaries?

How do you want to show up in the world? And how do you deal with experiences that don’t match that ideal?

What gives you the energy to do the things you want or have to do? How do you balance your activity and your needs? How do you balance doing and being?

How do you know that you’ve lost your balance?

What is relaxation, really? What is it for you?

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Often I’ve found that the elements in my life that have disturbed me the most were actually holding what was most important and helpful to me. As soon as I was able to live with them, get curious about them and learn from them, those difficult experiences started softening and adding the energy they were holding in tension back into my life. How do you deal with those tensions? How do you find opportunities for transformation and deal with them?

What is for you a next developmental challenge? How do you approach it?

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Photo Robert Reifel

See you next week, when I’ll share the answers of a man who was a monk in a Zen lineage for 20+ years. Now he works as a psychotherapist.

Love,

Anka

P.S: In case you’d like to answer all or some of these questions too, I’m very happy to read them at: anka@contemplativeyear.com.

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