CHURCH OF ENGLAND GOES BUDDHIST FOR LENT

From THE TELEGRAPH:

Christians traditionally mark the 40-day period leading up to Easter by acts of self denial and periods of contemplation. But new official guidance published yesterday by the Church of England emphasises the importance “slowing down” to take stock amid hectic lifestyles as well as of simple acts of kindness or conserving resources. Among daily pieces of advice is a suggestion to take an extended breakfast and savour things as seemingly mundane as a bowl of breakfast cereal.

It is contained in a new book of daily reflections, entitled Love Life Live Lent, written by Dr Paula Gooder, a theologian, and her husband the Revd Peter Babington, which was launched in Parliament yesterday by the Archbishop of York.

One passage speaks of living in a “world which whirls by at ever increasing speeds”.

“It can mean that we go at such a speed that we forget to savour the good things that we have,” the booklet explains. “The ability to savour is a frame of mind, and if we become better at tasting our cornflakes we might discover that we get better at savouring other good things too so … slow down. Take longer over breakfast and really taste your cornflakes (or whatever else you have).”

Hang on! I've heard something very similar to this before. Oh, yes. Now I remember. It's a centuries old Buddhist practice. You can go to learn how to do it at weekend seminars and the like.

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