Body, Speech And Mind
In the Dharma, prayer and ritual may be a little difficult to accept because we may not be ready for them; even though we may be introduced to prayer and ritual at the beginning of our path, it’s not until we see them as a means of purification that their full value is understood.
Reading and hearing about the Dharma is only one aspect: we also have to live it. This is, of course, a personal decision and will depend on our understanding – and how much we recognise the damage done by the influences of the world in which we live.
We are town-dwelling yogis, and not monks and nuns. However, we can live with the same principles of mindfulness of body, speech and mind; in other words, we avoid frivolity. We can still have fun and be very creative, but we are mindful of the effects that restlessness and careless speech have on our minds and, out of compassion, stand firm for the benefit of others.
Prayer and ritual create a pure atmosphere for enlightening body, speech and mind. We sit with a good posture to keep the body and mind alert, and recite something that is meaningful to us.
Being balanced and steadfast in all areas,
an awareness of body, speech and mind
creates an atmosphere of inspiration.