Hello, I just thought I would introduce myself, my name is Jonathan and I have just registered here on the forum. I have been practising meditation and mindfullness for just over a year, the change in the way I think and feel have been nothing short of amazing.
Problem with this is its hard to share with other people who are not familiar with meditation -or mindfullness, and though its something I would like to share - in order to show other people there is a way out of the suffering we create for ourselves....it just doesnt work like that does it
I came across Buddhism when I was recieving treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of my military service in the Falklands War in 1982.
I met a fellow veteran who was practising Meditation and mindfullness and I became interested in what it was all about, he is a prison chaplain with Anguilimara (I think thats how you spell it ) he may be a familiar face amongst many of you on this site.
I am gratefull to him for his time and patience in helping me understand the subtleties of Buddhism .
I realised I have lived the last 53 years in ignorance, Trying to find something in Drugs Alchohol was so foolish and heedless.
I realise I was mindless,I realise my Ego was as big as Brasil !! Now I realise I am nobody -with nothing to do nowhere to go, and nobody to be....what a relief. I am but a swirling mass of atoms that arises and passes away.
"May all beings be well, may all beings be happy."
peace to you all Jonathan