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, September 28, 2011

that which does not come nor go

Meditation is that act of disconnecting from the created and connecting with the Creator.

When we take time each day to release our cares and our worldly desires and embrace Silence, we shed that which stands between us and immutable Peace. Dive into the Mystery!

bob

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

In the Quran (2:21) we find: People, worship your Lord, who created you and those before you, so that you may be mindful of Him who spread out the earth for you and built the sky; who sent water down from it and with that water produced things for your sustenance. Do not, knowing this, set up rivals to God.

A dear friend of mine (a Lutheran minister) suggests that we can tell who we worship by looking at our check books. Meditation is that practice of turning away from "our check books" and turning toward that which does not come nor go. In that practice we find amazing freedom!

peace,
bob


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

letting go …

Meditation is at the root about release. Many of us carry around tons of mental burdens. Burdens in the form of resentments, hardened beliefs about how we and others should act, emotional scars from the past, and myriad other stains on our souls.


During our practice periods we let all of this go and enjoy the lightness of the present moment. That which is presently arising, seen without judgment, is sweet indeed!


Practice, practice, practice.


bob

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

teaching

I snipped this from an e-mail that I penned to a fellow meditator at Castle Hill. I thought it was worth posting as it is a pretty good summary of what I teach on Wednesday and Friday evenings.

I teach that you are already free, but that you think otherwise. It all comes down to mistakenly imagining yourself to be things that you are not like thoughts, feelings, and sensations.

The most important things in an sound 'spiritual' practice is to pay attention to your own direct experience and to trust that there is nothing hidden. The Truth does not play hide and seek with us. When we finally exhaust ourselves and stop the endless seeking (surrender) we come to see that it is the very seeking itself that causes all the problems. When the seeking ceases we come to realize that life as it appears right here right now is ABSOLUTELY IMPERSONAL.

Establish a regular meditation and prayer practice, read what the wise ones (like Jesus, Moses and Muhammad) have to say, believe and obey (surrender to) what they suggest and you will see that "the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand".

bob