Rhonda V. Magee: Beginning Again: The Four Establishments of Mindfulness as Antidote to Identity-Based Suffering
08.02.2021 - By Upaya Zen Center's Dharma Podcast
In this wholly contemporary talk that is also deeply rooted in the Buddhist contemplative tradition, Rhonda Magee brings us into the classic practice of Satipatthana – mindfulness of body, feeling, thought, and phenomena, to help work with identity-based suffering. She shares how the Four Establishments of Mindfulness remind us that to be alive is a gift and a miracle, and to recognize that it is precious. Through personal narrative, Rhonda invites us into cultivating awareness of the more complex embodied sensations that occur from identity-based suffering. By becoming aware of embodied sensations, we can understand our reactions to situations that may be rooted in cultural and societal narratives and from our past. Rhonda invites us to return to our practice to support us in letting go of narratives and returning to not knowing.