The Buddha described seven faculties of mind that, when brought to a sufficient degree of maturity, lead one to an experience of unconditioned freedom. These faculties are referred to as the Seven Factors of Enlightenment: Concentration, Tranquility, Equanimity, Investigation, Energy, Rapture and Mindfulness. We’ll look at these more in coming weeks. But…
As sacrilegious as this may sound, I believe he forgot one: humor.
Without the ability to self-deprecate, to hold one’s earnestness with levity, to find amusement in the humiliating paradoxes of spiritual practice, we all run the risk of becoming sanctimoniously solipsistic (yes, OF COURSE, I know how ridiculous that alliteration sounds), and if not that, we might just become WAY TOO SERIOUS. And trust me, I’ve been down the Earnest Highway. Not only is it a dead-end, but it’s a rather insufferable situation for those remaining souls around us.
Over the years, I’ve come across a few articles and videos that perfectly lance the spiritual boil of chronic seriousness.
I hope these offerings deepen your naso-labial grooves, and if they don’t, seek medical attention immediately, for nothing will! 🙂
1. Some thoughtful reflections on How To Tell if You’re a Yoga A-hole!
3. And… The Sickest Buddhist.
Lastly, if you’re in Boston, suffering from Situational Hypertensive Intensive Disorder (SHID), come by and soothe your nerves with Yin at 5:45pm, Samara Yoga Studio, before the Celtics take care of the Knicks in Game 3!!
Just havin’ a laugh!
Originally published on April 22, 2011