Healing, Transformation, Awakening: FCM Study and Practice Guide
1. Foundation: The Mindful Living Path (cleaning the bowl)
Before transformation can occur, we need to stabilize our minds, ground ourselves in everyday reality, and heal the psycho-emotional wounds that we have carried for years. We need to learn how to lead a mindful life of well-being and presence, and how to create relationships grounded in goodness and honesty. The key words here are groundedness, emotional stability, and greater clarity and ease in daily life.
The core teachings of the Mindful Living Path are as follows:
Mindfulness: Learning how to live in the present moment, the ‘here and now’
Mindful Living as presented in the Thich Nhat Hanh/Plum Village tradition
The dangers of spiritual by-passing and the need for emotional self-healing
Developing a daily practice of sitting, walking, and body/breath mindfulness meditation
Deep sharing/deep listening
Working with negative emotions, difficult mind states, one's wounded inner child
Engaged Buddhism, mindfulness practices in daily life, including relationships
Recommended Dharma Talks
The following Dharma talks given by FCM's teacher, Fred Eppsteiner, provide helpful insight into important aspects of this Path. A complete listing of Fred's Dharma talks related to this Path can be found in Dharma Talks.