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Friday, January 24, 2014

life without story


Meditation is the practice of "life without story".

All thoughts about ourselves are just 'stories' … they are not who we are.  In fact they are all wrong (every single one of them).  

When we find ourselves without story we find ourselves in Peace, Inclusion, and without need.  Ahhhhhhh.

peace on you,
bob


Monday, January 13, 2014

Meditation instruction


During practice simply surrender to Silence.  

Don't overcomplicate your practice … the direct way is the simplest. 

Peace be upon you,
bob

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

insanity

During our meditation practice we can see how much energy is put into stories that are not true.  Insanity is that practice of putting energy into stories that are not true.

Notice the insanity and stand free of it!

The Great Way is not difficult  for those who have no preferences. 
When love and hate are both absent everything becomes clear and undisguised.
Make the smallest distinction, however and heaven and earth are set infinitely apart. 
If you wish to see the truth then hold no opinions for or against anything. 
To set up what you like against what you dislike is the disease of the mind. 
When the deep meaning of things is not understood  the mind's essential peace is disturbed to no avail. 

Hsin-hsin Ming:
Verses on the Faith-Mind

Friday, January 3, 2014

thinking

You are not your thoughts!  This is obvious but we easily forget this fact and become slaves to what appears in the mind - reacting to life out of our past - missing the freedom to respond to life in a fresh way.

A powerful meditation technique is to just notice our thoughts without judgement and without reacting in any way to them.   So … during practice, when thoughts arise (they probably will (LOL)) just notice them and say silently to yourself: "thinking".  

In a twenty minute session you may find yourself saying: "thinking, thinking, thinking" several hundred times.  This is ok … the goal is not to quiet the mind or have better thoughts … the goal is to just notice the thoughts and, of course, conclude that you are not them.  Ahhhhh freedom!

peace on you,
bob