Stop looking for answers elsewhere. Abide in your misery, if that be your lot, and see at its heart that it is not misery at all, but something glorious, something ordained by no one, but wonderful all the same.
05 Mar 2014 Leave a comment
03 Mar 2014 Leave a comment
The sensitive mind keeps one eye on its own internal state. If it feels stress, a feeling of striving for something, any acceleration from a balanced state of peace, it is immediately reminded of its mistake in maintaining a position different to that of life happening now. Then, by itself, it is encouraged to move back into balance.
01 Mar 2014 1 Comment
Suffering is a sign, an immensely valuable reminder that reality is clashing with some stubbornly held view – of ourselves, or how we think the world should be. It is a warning to let go of our views, our expectations. It is a promise to only get worse and more tiring, until we release the story of ‘our’ life, and simply enjoy what is.
28 Feb 2014 Leave a comment
No matter how wonderful an insight, how enlightening an idea, repeat it enough and it becomes a dead thing – a platitude which once was poetry, meaningless words shorn of their power, just another memory – useful, but of diminishing relevance to this vital moment. That is why the lessons of the past should be learned and then let go of, lest they distort our view of the present, which after all has never happened before.
31 Jan 2014 Leave a comment
Time, what’s the deal with time? When we fall into the mindset of what could have, or might yet be, we fall into the trap of time. The trap where free spirits such as we mess up our lives, doing somehow worse than we should have done. With the weight of terrible responsibility we criticise our actions in hindsight, we castigate the judgement of others, being different to our own. We reject those things in the world, and in ourselves, which do not correspond to our favoured view. We add 2 and 2 and come up with 7, we acknowledge only that which reinforces the thoughts we want, or fear, to believe. We take the ghost in the machine and torture him, we tear her apart for all the ills we find. It’s my fault, it’s her fault, it’s all gone wrong; life’s not what it’s supposed to be. As if it needs our say so! And all because we believe our story through time. I once was there, now here I am, maybe one day soon life will be better. We dream of heaven and make ourselves a home in hell.
The only answers we will ever find are happening now. That pain, those tears, that sweet regret. That joy, that fear, those anxious butterflies of anticipation. These are all the answers we’ll ever need, for what is – is, and are all that is required. There is no ideal state, no better solution than the one we have right now. So chill, so kick back, or maybe scream and shout. If it’s there it’s needed, no better way could be found for this bright life to find its way, from here to here, from now to now.
24 Jan 2014 1 Comment
It is our belief in heaven
In some foreign place
Some other time
That creates hell
Here and now
03 Jan 2014 Leave a comment
To be human is to be impermanent
Everything changes, sometimes on a daily basis
In all this change what can we hold on to?
This central preoccupation has possessed mankind for millennia
Gods, Egos and all our clever creations
Have failed to meet this basic need
For an anchor
And so we come back to this present moment
Thoughts come and go as they must
Other people come and go as they must
Our happiness comes and goes as it must
But we are still here watching
And strangely, when we pay close attention
Nothing is missing
01 Jan 2014 Leave a comment
This is the year to be content with now
A time to end the fear of time
Careworn crease and bitter smile
It’s time to let go the heavy weight
Of the person we think we should be
This is the year to forget our years
Too old, too young, too middle aged
There is no age at which we could be
Better off than we are now
So take back time from that tyrant thought
That ranges wide to find some fear, some lost regret
And instead give some space to Now
The rain outside, the last few leaves on the wind
Wait not for spring but be right now
The best you’ve ever been
Be content with Now
25 Dec 2013 Leave a comment
An unbalanced, unsettled mind will experience many dreams, fantasies and nightmares. This is the mind’s effort to counteract the blocking effect of our consciously maintained position. Dreams are a great way of identifying when you are unknowingly maintaining an untenable position.
24 Dec 2013 Leave a comment
Viewed from the perspective of Satori, thoughts continue but are seen in a different light. The mind is settled because thoughts such as ‘I shouldn’t be thinking this, I should be thinking that’ cease to have any weight. The state that is is flawless because whatever is occurring or not occurring is exactly what should be happening or not happening! This is what is meant as ‘One Mind’. The speculations of many minds are seen to for what they are, just the natural background activity of the human mind, they no longer carry the ‘weight of karma’. Everything may go on just as before, yet everything is utterly changed for the better.