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Celize Christy, of Iowa, shares her own process of recommitting to her daily Buddhist practice over the last two years, as well as tips for chanting every day and what happens when you do.
Here’s the key point: In a world that can feel increasingly overwhelming and negative, it’s important to have ways we can refresh our spirit. That’s precisely what chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, which Celize calls the ultimate self-care, is for. It allows us to tap into the boundless reserves of courage, compassion and wisdom that we all have within us (in other words, Buddhability) to navigate life with confidence and self-belief. This, in turn, allows us to show up for other people as our best self. And in community, we can build a more hopeful world.
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1:50 Introduction to Celize
5:25 Why she decided to recommit to her Buddhist practice
10:49 What chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo does
14:15 Why she decided to make it a daily habit
24:25 What an average morning chanting routine looks like
30:05 What sustainable happiness looks like
33:36 The importance of feeling worthy and capable
41:03 What it takes to be the protagonist of your own life
44:39 Celize’s favorite Buddhist quote
46:02 Practical tips for making chanting a habit
- Hope Is a Decision, pp. 3-5