all moments

Are all moments acceptable?

They are,

but you don’t have to accept them?

Or do you?

Is it that the moment has to pass before

anything can happen?

Or is it that the moment never moves

and stuff passes through it?

Does time allow stuff to exist?

shielded

Is it that each individual is responsible for his or her own adventure toward the mystery and every path to it is different even though the starting point and ending point are the same for everyone?

Do all of us already carry around within us the truest, the most valuable of religions: the mystery, but are shielded from it by our own identities and the continual use of language?

Is it that no one else — even the universe’s best guru — can unseat another person’s resistant I ? Can the term self help take on new meaning?

Should we think of true religion or spirituality as always having a total membership of one?

And if so, is each individual’s body his or her own church and guru whether he or she knows it or not? Are we all, with rare exceptions, in the same predicament no matter what we may think?

attitude

We constantly fill our present moments with language by thinking, speaking, listening and reading. There are exceptions like noticing the dramatic moments in sports, coming upon a magnificent vista rounding curve or corner, etc.

We are trapped in thoughts which is normal for us. If we can stop our habitual use of language for a good length of time, we will become more and more aware of the present moment which contains everything. If practiced regularly, one might come to know our oneness with the universe via meditation.

Meditation is a tool and needs to be used correctly to be useful. One’s attitude is key. Not striving for some outcome is the main teaching. Having to have is a road block. So what is to be done? Have no goals or desires clinging in our minds. Know the advantages of meditating and then let them go. Simply do and be. Relaxed action without motives is the the way to meditate and the way to live. There is no hurry. Be yourself.

So say the sages…

the thing which makes the room

Are past and future real and not real at the same time? Not real because they are ideas but real because they take up actual time in the present thinking about them. It is their setting that makes them real, their stage, the present. Is it that the past and future can only inhabit the present?

Are the last moment and the next moment always established on the thin sides of the present? Is the answer “no” because I’ve inherited a linear time line because it’s so practical and useful and try to apply this linear time line I exist in to the only thing around: the immeasurable thinness of a vertical present?

Is time the thing which makes the room for every thing else? Or is time created by matter the instant it is created? Is every thing else (energy and awareness) like a fountain and we’re floating in the froth at the top as tiny psychological bubbles which will eventually pop?

The fantastic four: time energy awareness space.

this sad-go-round

The mind is usually begging, and its desires cannot be satisfied. Then the mind becomes sad because because most of its desires do not happen. The mind automatically creates more and more desires.

Society teaches: Instead of taking, learn the talent of giving, but even then, folks become sad because they can’t give more.

To end this sad-go-round, the sages say one should accept whatever is the case. This is a tough cure but it works.

any other place

Is life a series of gettings and givings? And a series 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? If so, 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 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 existence 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? I can’t escape? 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 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 could judge?

meditation

Is there a secret to living a satisfying life? There is no one secret. There are several simultaneous practices that lead to having a satisfying life.  Almost all counselors and doctors out there are yelling that meditation eliminates or takes the edge off of things that keep us unsatisfied.

Many of us continue to ignore this wise advice about this powerful one-of-a-kind tool. Among them are the folks who say “No thank you, I can make it in life without a crutch; meditation is for wimps.” However…

All the preaching about the benefits of meditation is backed up by science. Meditation is good for us. It’s high-quality mental rest. And when we rest this way daily, the quality of our mental rest keeps improving and better sustains and and relaxes us. This is scientific fact. A daily practice is the goal and is the gold standard.

Why wouldn’t one take advantage of such a valuable tool that’s free? Well, there’s the time it takes, and it’s not easy to establish a daily practice. What? Why?

Here’s some of my own experiences with meditation. My ego or identity is threatened by my meditating because it feels it may loose its captain’s chair and no longer be in charge of my human animal, and it also fears it might disappear completely, so it makes excuses and gives  reasons not to meditate today which I’m highly tempted to follow because I’m the one who put forth the suggestion. So, be prepared to deal with this by talking back to yourself by saying something like “Nice try!”

I think of meditation as medicine which gives me a better way for me to exist. An analogy: Should I get rid of the eat-less mindset and replace it with eating only healthy food?

How to meditate:

Sit in a chair (hard-to-do cross-legged positions are not necessary). Start by relaxing—from the top of your head to the bottoms of your feet (or vice versa). This takes less than a minute: head, shoulders, arms, hands, chest, back, mid-body, upper legs, lower legs, and feet. Then…

Begin to pay attention to the ins and outs of your breath
or you can start by repeating a mantra like shaaammmm or aaaooommmm. Keep the m sound going until it fades away and then repeat the mantra again. You can go back and forth from attention to the breath to a mantra if you wish.

The goal is to stop our constant use of language, and paying attention to your breath or repeating a mantra are tools for that.

During meditation you will interrupt yourself often by starting to think of various things such as “I need to go to the store for…” or “When am I going to get the chance to…” or “Why was so-in-so so happy this morning…” etc. etc. This is normal even for long-term meditators.

How to deal with it: When you realize you are using language, don’t condemn yourself for not being perfect. Just  notice it and go back to noticing your breathing or repeating your mantra. Beginning to think while meditating is part of meditation and happens to all meditators all the time, so live and prosper with the noticing of your language habit.

Twenty minutes twice-a-day or forty minutes once-a-day is recommended. Forty minutes gives a deeper  experience. On days when meditation is not possible, even five minutes will keep your daily meditation practice in place.

All meditators miss a day or days, but a daily practice is what to strive for. It’s best to make meditation a habit because then  your body will let you know when you miss meditating. I have begun my practice anew many many times over the years. All the best, Marvin