What do you think of "Buddhism for Dummies" or something similar as a way to get the basics into my head?
I am certainly not an expert and would consider myself just learning, as well. I came to Buddhism through a family tragedy and it really resonated with me. I have several books on Mindfulness which I found to be helpful reads. One is called 8 Mindful Steps to Happiness. Previously, I practiced being mindful and present with my children, so I was already used to some aspects of living mindfully.
I meditate, though not consistently. I do find it really relaxing, though it seems like some people experience this deep meditation that I have never achieved. I'd love to hear other's experiences. There is a beginning meditation group in my area and I would like to go this week, if I can get the chance. Little ways I practice: I prepare my food mindfully and consciously, thinking as I make it about how it will nourish me and how good it will taste. I got off facebook, it kept me from being present in my life. I try to practice loving-kindness, though right now that is mostly towards myself and my immediate family. I'm sure there are other little things I do.
I think I have found the most important thing for me is to make small steps and be gentle on myself if I feel like I am not achieving a deep meditation or having trouble being mindful. I'm hoping some other people chime into this thread because I would love to hear advice and experiences, too.
Married, part time work from home mom to DS (13 and homeschooling), DD1 (11) and DD2 (9) and a giant dopey newfoundland, a crazy border collie mix, 3 black cats and a cute rat.
But even though this sounds easy, it can take more than a lifetime to master. Most of us find our thoughts wandering. This is ok, as long as we keep redirecting them to the present moment - our breath.
I was first introduced to Buddhism over 10 years ago when I became interested in meditation. A local Zen monk taught meditation to the general public, and I was first introduced to Buddhist philosophies. It resonated with me, and I went on to attend other local Buddhist temples and read books on my own.