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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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

silence

Silence is the best teacher. She charges no money, suggests no practices, and never ever judges you. I challenge you to find another like Her.

Join Her daily ... She patiently waits for you with a priceless gift.

bob

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

those pesky thoughts

When meditating we sometimes fall into the trap of trying to quiet the mind. It is the nature of the mind (due to conditioning) to think. It is its job!

Just like it is the nature of the wind to blow hither and yon, it is natural for thoughts to arise sometimes often and sometimes rarely. We need do nothing about them because they are not 'ours' any more than the wind is 'ours'.

Just noticing this is massive freedom as well as the goal of meditation practice. You are beyond anything that can be thought, felt or experienced.

good news huh!

bob

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

why meditate?

The purpose of meditation practice is to lead us to the realization that life as it appears is already free of me.

When we first begin meditation practice most of us are hoping to escape from some discomfort in life, to gain some spiritual insight or perhaps even to achieve enlightenment. In other words to gain something for ourselves. In the beginning meditation is seen as a means to some personal end.

As we mature in our practice, we begin to wonder: "who is it that always seems to be seeking something?" ... Who am I really?

When the "I thought" is examined we realize that there is no me whatsoever. It is merely a fiction based on ideas from the imaginary past. We see that, right now, Life is just experiencing Life. Everything is impersonal. In the absence of 'me' there is only freedom, peace, and wholeness.

see?

bob

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

the idea of more

In the King James version of the Bible the word evil is mentioned 442 times (by my count). What is all this 'evil' business?

If you read the 442 passages, beginning with the Adam and Eve story, I bet you will conclude that evil is simply the idea of more.

Is it not our resistance to what life presents that causes us to twist and turn? Always wanting things to be more or different than they are: more money, better relationships, more success, more, more, more.

During meditation we allow things be as they are (they are that way anyway). When we accept that life could only be what it is in this present moment, resistance drops away, we lose self definition and the idea of evil cannot be found.

oh my,

bob