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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Saturday, July 27, 2013

meditation is worship


Simply do this; Be still, and lay aside all thoughts of what you are and what God is; all concepts you have learned about the world; all images you hold about yourself.   Empty your mind of everything it thinks is either true or false, or good or bad, of every thought it judges worthy, and all the ideas of which it is ashamed.   Hold onto nothing.   Do not bring with you one thought the past has taught, nor one belief you ever learned before from anything.   Forget this world, forget this course, and come with wholly empty hand unto your God.

Course in Miracles Lesson 189

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

meditation



Meditation is surrender.  Surrender is the sweetest taste as noted in this snippet from a Rumi poem:

Knock, And He'll open the door
Vanish, And He'll make you shine like the sun
Fall, And He'll raise you to the heavens
Become nothing, And He'll turn you into everything

Fast with your mouth to taste food, fast with your mind to taste bliss.

bob

Thursday, July 11, 2013

meditation is simple


We make this whole meditation thing much too complicated … it's really quite simple.

By simple I mean: 

To see clearly you must be empty (free of your ideas about how things "ought" to be). 

Meditation is emptying ... give it a try for a few minutes each day.  That is: sit in Silence and notice what arises in your consciousness. Resist nothing, cling to nothing, remember nothing.

What you notice will eventually disappear leaving space (or emptiness if you prefer that word).  From your new perspective of space, it becomes clear that nothing whatsoever is yours! This is what is meant by seeing clearly.

(Quran 39:62) GOD is the creator of all things, and He alone has the power to determine the fate of all things.

peace on you,
bob

Monday, July 8, 2013

Hiku


Searching for the One?
So weary of the longing?
Bite a strawberry

(Quran 2:115)  To God belongs the east and the west; wherever you go there will be the presence of God.

Monday, July 1, 2013

spiritual?


The term 'spiritual' is thrown around much these days.   What does it mean to be 'spiritual'.

Does it mean to wear certain crystals? - to don certain color clothes? - to work towards some "oneness experience" - to perfect some advanced yoga posture? To align oneself with a powerful guru or teacher? I think not!

Messengers and prophets for thousands of years have given precise instructions on how to be spiritual which is: to surrender to God and obey his commands which are:  

a. worship the One God,
b. be good; do good, and 
c. be charitable.

It is not surprising to note that these principals are dictated in steps 3, 10,11, and 12 of the AA program.

Step 3 is about surrender(where it all begins).
Step 10 is about morality(be good; do good).
Step 11 is about worship (prayer and meditation).
And step 11 is about charity.

(Matthew 22: 36-40) “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

(Quran 2:277) Those who believe, do good deeds, keep up the prayer and pay the prescribed alms will have their reward with their Lord: no fear for them, nor will they grieve.

peace on you,

bob