Krishna Das explores the sky of consciousness and how practice uncovers the love within us, plus answers questions about chanting, spiritual bypassing, and dealing with teenagers.
The Sky of Consciousness
Krishna Das talks about changing our perspectives through practice, which helps us uncover the love within. He explores the concept of Chittakasha, the sky of consciousness, and answers a question about how hard spiritual practice can be.
“Compassion arises naturally when we become who we are. It’s not something we have to make, you can’t force yourself to love everyone, that’s bullshit. But we can do the practices that uncover that love within us, and it expands to include everyone. Because that’s the way it is.” – Krishna Das
Take flight with Jack Kornfield’s Big Sky Meditation on Heart Wisdom Ep. 80
Relax and Enjoy the Ride (19:16)
A question about chanting and knowing the meaning of the words, processing fleeting experiences of grace, and dealing with spiritual bypassing. KD talks about how he’s truly not chanting for anybody else, it’s all to save his own miserable self, and how we all just need to relax and enjoy the ride that is life.
“The ‘me’ is a construct of our karmas, and it will fall apart sooner or later. And we will finally become who we always were. That’s how this practice works.” – Krishna Das
The Joys of Parenting (40:35)
Krishna Das answers a question about parenting from a mother who feels herself reacting to her teenager’s life choices and talks about his own experience with the joys of parenting. He explores more about chanting, his connection to Buddhism, and ends the show by singing the Hanuman Chalisa.
“You just do the best you can. None of us know who anybody is, you just try to love your children and your family as best you can. You can’t cure them of anything, because we’re also sick, we have our own bullshit.” – Krishna Das
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