Author and Zen teacher Geri Larkin speaks with yoga blogger, Roseanne Harvey, (It’s all yoga, baby) in a pretty cool You Tube video about Larkin’s 2013 book, “Close to the Ground: Reflections on the Seven Factors of Enlightenment.”
“After all the bliss and generalized euphoria we might experience along our spiritual path, what’s left are the karmic knots of conditioning that still need unraveling. Untying them is the work of spiritual warriors — that is, all of us. The seven factors of enlightenment are a grease to loosen them, all the while keeping us upright in our efforts: mindfulness, the investigation of phenomena, energetic effort, ease, joy, concentration, and equanimity.
In Close to the Ground, longtime Buddhist teacher Geri Larkin uses stories from her own life to share some of the gifts that these factors bring. Because she refuses to be anything special, her stories are all of our stories, her humor, all of our humor, her heartbreaks, all of our heartbreaks. In this book, readers discover (or rediscover) that they have many more tools available to help with this work of “life and death” than they realized.” (from Amazon website description of the book)
I’ve just discovered Roseanne when I searched for any video and other info about Geri Larkin, and have to say, I’m quite impressed by all she manages to do to support herself and her community.
I love also their perspectives as women, as teachers and community leaders.
And those seven factors? According to Larkin, they are positive not negative, though we often think of spiritual effort as hard work and all that. Here they are: mindfulness, curiosity, energetic effort, ease, joy, concentration (mindfulness on steroids!), and equanimity (a sense of okay-ness with whatever happens). To learn more, you’ll have to get her book.
Enjoy and thank you Roseanne and Geri.
May all beings be free of suffering and the causes of suffering.