An elderly lady told me this week that she still feels like a young girl in her mind; it’s just her body that’s slowing down. My grandpa used to tell me, “I feel strong in my mind. I want to go outside and build something or go fishing, but my body just won’t let me.” Apparently it also happens in our youth more subtly, as the Navy Commander warned a young Top Gun named Maverick, “Your ego is writing checks your body can’t cash.” 

Listening to Springsteen this morning I caught a line I hadn’t really noticed before, 

“Let your mind rest easy, sleep well my friend
It’s only our bodies that betray us in the end”

Even if we find salvation, enlightenment, athletic prowess, or just a life well-lived, our bodies will betray us in the end, if our minds don’t go first. It’s just the way of nature. None of us get out of this alive, well not clinically speaking anyway.

Call me a Christian, a mystic, a romantic or an eternal optimist, but I believe we can live and die alive to life and to every moment. Jesus said, “even though he die, yet shall he live.” Some believe that’s about the next life, but it’s definitely speaking about this life too. He said, “Whoever wants to come after me must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” When Ram Dass talked about that verse, he said, “The trick is to die before you die, then you can really live.” To die to our selfishness, our small selves, our fragile egos, our isolation, our way. To die to our deception that old age, sickness, and death comes to everyone else but us. 

When we die in that way, then shall we live. “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.” Rather than depress us, that simple truth wakes us up to the precious gift that life is, this day, this moment. 

Our bodies aren’t the enemy. We do what we can, when we can, and take care of them as best we can, but this is an awfully short ride in the big picture. Maybe it’s only a betrayal if you expected it to be otherwise. 

Instruction and brief meditation on drinking tea mindfully. Led by Lyndon Marcotte at Cenla Meditation Group on 3/15/2016.

Dharma Talk at Cenla Meditation in Alexandria, LA about Week 2 of the Real Happiness Meditation Challenge on Mindfulness of the Body and Emotions.

Dharma Talk at Cenla Meditation in Alexandria, LA about Week 1 of the Real Happiness Meditation Challenge and how Concentration works in practice.

Cultivating the heart keeps our practice balanced and provides inspiration to go deeper into our own lives with authenticity and fearlessness. A talk by Lyndon at Cenla Meditation Group on 07/02/13.

Vassa, the Theravada Rains Retreats, is a season of mindfulness that can be a wonderful inspiration for our practice and give us an opportunity to cultivate right effort. This is a talk by Lyndon at Cenla Meditation Group on 6/18/13.

The Bramaviharas, our “best homes,” are a way of cultivating the heart and experiencing the Divine within. A talk by Lyndon at Cenla Meditation Group on 6/18/13.

Exploring difficult moments as our path to freedom. A talk by Lyndon at Cenla Meditation Group on 6/11/13.

A 25 minute guided meditation on the 7 chakras of the body with a brief introduction. Led by Lyndon at Cenla Meditation Group on 6/4/13.

Exploring how our energy is depleted and can be restored through our practice and an introduction to chakra meditation. A talk by Lyndon at Cenla Meditation Group on 6/4/13.

Exploring right concentration as part of the path that leads to well-being. A talk by Lyndon at Cenla Meditation Group on 5/28/13.

Exploring right mindfulness as part of the path that leads to well-being. A talk by Lyndon Marcotte at Cenla Meditation Group on 5/21/13.

Finding the balance in life and on the cushion, exploring Right Effort as part of the Eightfold Path that promotes well-being. A talk by Lyndon at Cenla Meditation Group on 5/14/13.

Exploring our actions & livelihood as part of the Eightfold Path that promotes well-being. A talk by Lyndon at Cenla Meditation Group on 5/7/13.

Exploring loving speech and deep listening as part of the Eightfold Path that promotes well-being. A talk by Lyndon Marcote at Cenla Mediation Group on 4/30/13.

Exploring Right Intention as part of the Noble Eightfold Path that leads to the end of suffering and promotes well-being. A talk by Lyndon Marcotte at Cenla Meditation Group on 4/16/13.

Exploring Right View as part of the Noble Eightfold Path that leads to the end of suffering and promotes well-being. This is a talk by Lyndon Marcotte at Cenla Meditation Group on 4/9/13.

Exploring the Fourth Noble Truth as the path that leads to the end of suffering and promotes well-being. A talk by Lyndon Marcotte at Cenla Mediation Group on 3/24/13.

A 12 minute guided meditation on Lovingkindness (metta) with brief instruction. Led by Lyndon Marcotte of Cenla Meditation Group

A 12 minute guided meditation on mindfulness of the posture and the body. Led by Lyndon Marcotte on 3/21/13.