when we wake

Is it that
when we wake
up in the morning,
do we keep on dreaming?

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any other place

Is life a series of gettings and givings? And a series of decisions made up of refusals and grantings?  Can one give oneself the gift of more time by becoming more aware, by taking more notice on purpose? Why isn’t this normal. 

Is it that when I’m thinking, I’m distracted from what’s going on around me? To observe deeply must I be silent? 

How to spend time? Is now the only time to do what needs to be done? Does everything that is, have to be? Is it that the isness gives no choice because there’s not enough time for one to be made or does it? Is the moment the thinest and the broadest of things?

Where does time happen? Only in the now? Is there any other place? When does time happen? The present? Is there any other time? How does time happen? Is it that time doesn’t happen, it just is? Is it not linear but vertical only? 

Is my location in space very specific, but my location in time is not specific at all? If so, why?

Is the real, here and now and the not real, there and then? Is everything humming but we can’t hear it? Is time always an individual experience? 

Is the word always is so powerful it should always be used carefully? Will the earth always be turning? Is the earth’s pathway always a perfectly straight one if the earth were judging?

succeeding

Success is not having to have anything more.

When we are not in a gaining mode, not wishing for more, we fully have our minds and bodies right here with us, and they stay with us and can be used fully.

We do things just for the sake of doing them as a proper thing to do. If something good should come of it, all the better. Successful folks (using the definition above) don’t seek credit for their actions.

Whatever we do, we are expressing our true nature. We generally act for our own benefit which is natural. We work and intermingle in society. We feel good when we give and have regret when we are stingy.

We should honor and take care of our mind and body. Posture is important. When we slump, our minds wander.

We are in charge of ourselves and not others. So don’t try to change others, but don’t ignore them, observe them without judging. If others want our opinion, they will ask for it.

How we do is as important as what we do, as you already know.

a beautiful hat

The sages say meditation is not easy because it’s hard to keep thoughts from interrupting our meditation. This is normal and not a problem if we, while meditating, learn to dismiss thoughts in a gentle manner as we notice them.

The more we gently dismiss the thoughts, the more we have an empty and open mind. An empty mind is where meditation does its work. The absence of thoughts keeps us out of our normal dualistic mode.

We will then have an open mind, a ready mind for possibilities, not the closed mind we usually keep.

If we are wanting results from our meditation, our mind will not be self-sufficient. Wanting or having to have something creates a demanding mind which is not empty.

So, in our everyday lives, we can begin to notice our demanding mind and develop the practice of letting it gently go. Then we will begin to see reality in a different way. Attention and effort is needed.

Some have said “the empty mind idea” is dangerous. It is. But it’s dangerous only to one’s ego. An open or empty mind allows us to begin the adventure of finding out who we are. In addition, only an empty mind can receive something as large as the universe. A mind clouded with constant language use cannot.

We can find out first hand we are not separate. The universe created us. Everything is whole and this wholeness includes each of us, but we cannot know it or feel it while our minds are clouded with language.

Language is our greatest creation. We suffer because we allow thinking to take all of our waking hours. We need time away from this powerful habit to see and feel in a new way, and daily meditation is the tool able deliver the silence and rest needed.

This is not new information. It’s been around for thousands of years. It’s old hat. But it’s a beautiful hat and a hat of freedom and growth.

no expectations

The sages say “When we have to have something [fame, riches, a new car, etc.] our minds start to move in aimless ways.” Not having to have means we have no expectations. There’ll be no yearning in our lives. This alone can change us.

Is it that history can’t forgive and doesn’t need to?

Everything (including our world and the universe) is as it’s supposed to be. (An astounding statement.) And here’s why: things couldn’t be any other way because of everything which has happened previously. So everything is as it should be and is perfect as it is. And this is hard to take.

When we accept this, we will have an insight into how to begin our adventure into finding out what else there is in life. We are perfect as we are. And we will always be.

So what type of perfection do we want. For example: a perfect procrastinator? Etc. This is our starting point. So how do we open this new door in front of us? I’m a meditation nut. So for me, establishing a meditation practice is a good idea because it allows me to relax and has other benefits.

The above pushes the truth that if we keep doing and thinking the same things, there’s little chance for change.