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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Friday, July 31, 2015

let go


Meditation is the practice of letting go.

Let go, let go, let go, and then let go of letting go.

Practice this often and you will come to see things as they are.  This is life's grand adventure

I can tell you that to see things as they are (not as we think they ought to be) is stunning.  

Practice, practice, practice.


Which of your Lord's marvels can you deny? (Quran 55:18)

peace on you,
bob

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

practice doing nothing



When we sit in silent meditation we are in fact doing nothing.  We may imagine that we are decluttering our minds, that we are becoming enlightened in some way, or that we are opening a third eye.  In reality we are just sitting there - doing nothing.

So many of our difficulties in life are caused by overreacting  — that is  “not riding the horse in the direction it is going”.  Meditation is the practice of “doing nothing”. Doing nothing is a very valuable skill.

With skill in sitting in silence (i.e. doing nothing), comes appreciation and gratitude for the myriad blessings at our disposal which for the most part are unnoticed.

Practice doing nothing - become grateful.

What will God gain from punishing you, if you became appreciative and believed? God is Appreciative, Omniscient.
(Quran 4:147)

Nothing happens to you except in accordance with God's will. Anyone who believes in God, He will guide his heart. God is fully aware of all things. 
(Quran 64:11)

Such is God your Lord, there is no god except He, the Creator of all things. You shall worship Him alone. He is in control of all things.
(Quran 6:102)

Sunday, July 5, 2015

SANITY



Insanity is the act of pumping energy into stories that are not true.

Most of what we think about is insane.  Much of that insanity has to do with the idea of possession: owning property, controlling others and valuing one thing over another.

Meditation is the practice of releasing such ideas.

When we notice some idea about possession arising during our practice period, we notice that (right now) the idea is absurd (i.e. insane). Then we notice the idea disappear on its own.  Of course, laughter is encouraged during practice.  

If most of our ideas about possession are insane, what is sanity when it comes to ideas of ownership?

Big hint:  
To God belongs everything in the heavens and everything on earth, and all matters are controlled by God.
(Quran 3:109)

Peace on you,
bob