Discussion of spiritual practices: awakening, meditation, and the freedom that cannot be lost or found. All perspectives are welcome; advaita, christian, buddhist, islam or even no perspective at all. Just pointing to that which is nearest and dearest.


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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

self-help


This rock teaches more about life than all the self-help books ever written.

 If you are open enough the very rocks can be your teacher.


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

two paths


All spiritual teachings lay out two distinct paths in life.

The path of success, which is to be at peace with one’s self, with the Creator of all things, and with all of creation.

And the path of self-destruction, which leads to conflict within one’s self, with the Creator, and with all of creation.

Meditation shines a bright light on both paths, and utterly frees us to choose in each moment.  This is the grand gift from regular practice.

God invites to the Home of Peace, and guides whomever He wills to a straight path. [Quran 10:25]

Peace on you,

bob

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Everything belongs - we are not alone



From regular meditation practice we come to see that everything belongs; nothing or no-one in our physical world is amiss, nor are we ever alone.

Every drop of rain , every speck of dust , every flower, every creature , and every person we encounter proves we are not alone. May we all take this insight from our practice into our daily lives.
     
And of His signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the diversity of your languages and colors. In this are signs for those who know. Quran 30:22

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

I have had three meditation teachers:

A friend introduced me to a Zen Master,

who introduced me to Silence,

that introduced me to the Presence that created the Silence.


Those who believe, and whose hearts have rest in the remembrance of God: for without a doubt in the remembrance of God do hearts find rest [Quran 13:28]

peace on you 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

take a break


Meditation is taking  a break from who you think you are that you might realize who you really are. 

(Quran 32:9) Then He proportioned him, and breathed into him of His Spirit. Then He gave you the hearing, and the eyesight, and the brains - but rarely do you give thanks.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

not mine


Meditation is the practice of seeing things as they ARE, not seeing them as I think they OUGHT to be.  In other words, meditation is planting both feet smack in the middle of Truth.

The mother of all suffering is ‘me’-ing and ‘mine’-ing.  That is, believing that things, people, thoughts, emotions are 'yours'.  They are not!

Everything belongs to God … This is clear either through cold hard logic or through the words of all the prophets of God.

From the Quran [Chapter 3: verse 109]
To God belongs what is in the heavens and what is in the earth, and to God, all matters will be returned.

A most freeing meditation is to simply notice that anything that arises in awareness during the Silent period is not ‘mine’ - that is it belongs to God.  

Some examples:

I might think of ‘my’ car - then notice that in truth it is not ‘mine’ - then mentally state:  NOT MINE.  This is an easy one.  The manufacturer of the car called it ‘his’, the dealer that sold the car called it ‘mine’, you will call it ‘mine’, the next person who ‘owns’ the car will call it ‘mine’, and the metal recycler will call it ‘his’.

I might feel an ache in ‘my’ foot - then mentally state:  NOT MINE. This one is easy too as ‘you’ did nothing to create it or repair it when it needs work.

I might hear the sound of water running - then mentally state:  NOT MINE. Totally easy to see that it is not ‘yours’ - the water does not know it belongs to ‘you’.

Give it a try … such freedom in the Truth.  Ohhh don’t forget to thank God for all these gifts - all that arises in awareness.

peace on you,

bob

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Meditation is discarding!


Meditation is discarding!

To find something it is just a matter of discarding anything that is not what you are looking for. 

To find the peace within, just discard anything that is not peace.  So simple!

Truly it is in the remembrance of God that hearts find peace
Quran 13:28