Rest is Best! - introduces children to Dzogchen through the practice of resting the mind. It is an ode to self love written by Ziji Rinpoche. Through being gentle with oneself we discover self compassion, from which flowers compassion for all. Through resting the mind, for short moments, many times, we reset and take care when stormy feelings are stirring.
"I must be kind to myself, every minute I must be kind to myself.
Kind to my body, kind to my mind, kind in my words.
Rest my body. Rest my words. Rest my mind. So kind."
"Resting the mind. Resting the impulse to behave in certain ways - this is self compassion. Self compassion flowers compassion for everyone." - Ziji Rinpoche, commenting on Rest is Best!
"Even when I have BIG feelings, or small feelings,
resting my mind is the very best way to be kind to myself."
"This is certainly the pith of the teaching right here. Resting the mind. What could be more compassionate than a practice that introduces the nature of mind and then offers the simple teaching: 'short moments of mind, repeated many times, becomes automatic.' This is the most compassionate, straightforward, forthcoming teaching we could ever expect to hear. It is the teaching of all goodness." - Ziji Rinpoche
"I can always feel happy when I rest my mind.
When I rest my mind, it feels big as the sky.
Then my feelings fly on by like a bird in the sky."
Through the BeginningMind books, kids learn how to relax in mind to be happy and act with kindness and deep wisdom. The texts are for the children and adults of today and are written by Ziji Rinpoche, Dzogchen lineage successor of Wangdor Rimpoche.
Rest is Best! Best is Rest!, Niko and Ziji Rinpoche, BeginningMind Series #5, Short Moments for Kids Ltd, Hardcover, 34 pages, $22.95