Awareness is inseparable from phenomena and phenomena are inseparable from awareness – they are different aspects of Being. There is no need to change anything that arises. Take refuge in Awareness. Awareness is always present. Rest there. Regardless of what is happening, we are what Sees it. We can either rest as the Seeing orContinue reading “Some Random Pointers”
What we who have been ‘seekers’ have sought is the very thing that watches the seeking, that watches the stopping of seeking, that watches the frustration, the resignation, the eggs cooking, the Monday Night Football game, the dog sleeping, the stomach gurgling, the cold feet, the uncertainty, the bad money management, the opinions, the beliefs,Continue reading “Trust It”
Nothing needs to change in the circumstances or particulars of our lives to rest as peace. In fact, the more we attempt to manipulate and alter the particulars of our lives in order to experience peace, the further we will (seem to) move from what we want. What to do? Nothing. Relax. Give up. ReleaseContinue reading “Nothing Needs to Change”
Our opinions, our beliefs, our certainties, our stories, our memories, our worries and projections – all of these make up the bed of nails on which we lie. Give them space – it is the solvent that dissolves them along with any idea of ‘me’.
If our sense of happiness and peace is dependent upon getting everything in our life ‘lined up’ just the way we want it, we’re screwed – that’s a Sanskrit term.
Seeing this – whatever ‘this’ is – isn’t about finding a way to never experience anything uncomfortable or painful. It is about seeing that the discomfort or pain forms in and is composed of a sea of spacious awareness – just like a stream or a whirlpool is formed in and of the water thatContinue reading “No Escape”
We only know what we are doing after-the-fact. The ‘decision’ to do whatever it is we’re doing is ‘made’, that is, comes to us fully-formed. Then, we say ‘I decided.’ Thought is always after-the-fact. What we think of as our ‘life’ is only known in retrospect. Now is completely unknown.
Awareness, Cognizing Emptiness, Knowing, Seeing, Space, Presence, It – whatever name we use – is an absolutely loving mother. She opens her arms and completely allows all that arises – welcomes it, in fact. We can rest in her arms and follow her example of loving allowance or we can fight. In the end, itContinue reading “Mom”
Any instruction other than to leave everything alone, to relax, to just rest as you are, is dangerous. It is dangerous because it points us back into the shadow realm of thought, technique, manipulation, alteration, effort, and theory. The good news is that the very shining awareness that we are is the source and substanceContinue reading “Danger – sort of”
All of your suffering is your fault. All of my suffering is my fault. It isn’t our mother’s fault or the fault of our teacher or boss or spouse or partner or dog or genes or the president or the economy or the weather. Our suffering has nothing to do with our income, our education,Continue reading “It’s All Your Fault – and That’s the Good News”