Wednesday, March 4, 2009

You only have to ask 1 question

Well, we have taken 2 steps so far. Lets take a breather and ask ourselves a question. The answer to this question will determine the course of your entire life.

Is the universe hostile or friendly???

Does it want you to live and prosper, Is it the nature of the universe to nurture you?
Does it want you dead , or maybe at least struggle. And the only reason you are alive is because by accident you have survived so far.

If you feel the world is hostile, Your whole life will be an act of survival in the face of adverse conditions.

If you feel the universe is friendly. Than you feel nurtured and safe. And you can accept your right to claim the abundant life that is given to you.

Ponder this......................................

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Mindfullness and the illsion of time

This is the concept of present moment awareness. To be mindfull is to be present in the moment which is here now. This must be the second step for the student of enlightenment.

Consider this...The past does not exist...The only thing that exists of the past are your personal memories,your personal perspective of a past event or situation. The past is gone and does not exist. The future is just a dream, or desire, or a hope or even possible dread. But still does not exist.

Watch your mind like you watch children at play. See how it moves from past to future like it is playing a game. All the while robbing you of the only real moment of time that truly exists. How often do you find your self reliving the past? How this person did you wrong, how things should have been, or reliving that perfect evening long ago that you might believe could never come about again.

Or fearing the future, What will happen at work today,is the government going to collapse,what if I go broke,,,or How awesome will my vacation be, I can't wait, this weekend will be so fun, I can't wait for my hot date.

But still all the while you are being robbed of your present moment because you are not there. You are in the past or in the future which does not exist.

See the present moment in a different way. You are not moving through space and time, it is moving through you. You appear to move but everywhere you go there you are. The present moment is like a movie where the scene is always changing.

problems and regrets cannot arise if you are here now, fear of the future or unbridled desire have no impact on you if you are here now. And here now is the only place where life can be lived.

When you talk to some one, talk to them. When you do your work, do your work. When you play , just play. Be mindfull of what you are doing, be there, all of you. Being mindfull is concentrating on what you are doing or not doing. When you do nothing just be with your self and enjoy your beingness.

practice training your mind to be in the here and now. when it wonders call it back. If you miss this moment it will be gone for ever. the past or the future cannot affect you if you are here now.

Look at it this way, if your mind is not here now, it is no where. Its up to you to cultivate present moment awareness within your self. And believe me it is well worth the effort. Practice being in and with the moment and you will actually feel like you are living your life.

To me this is the second step toward being a consciously aware person. Imagine being in the present moment where you accept things as they are and refuse to judge. You might like it so much you would want to stay for a while.

Practice monitering your labeling and judging thoughts. Practice complete mindfullness. Keep your mind full with what is going on right than and there. And you will go far..

Step 2 in the journey of a 1,000 miles ( wow, You have just taken a complete stride)

Monday, March 2, 2009

Begining the foundation of Enlightenment

In all that is, nothing is good or bad, nothing is right or wrong. Or should I state it like no-thing. All things just are. This is the nature of duality. Everything has its opposite. Hot/cold up/down near/far love/hate male/female hard/soft I could go on for ever. One side exists to support and create the other. The Enlightened person sees the totality of things and does not judge them. Does not label them, because they just are.

The river flows, the tree grows, the mean person is mean, and they just are. Not good, not bad. To place labels on things, and than to believe these labels that you have created. Would be self deception and lead the opposite direction form Enlightenment.

I call this the first step, the foundation. It seems obvious, but many have never considered it. If you must judge something be carefull of your thoughts and the way you construct them. Instead of saying to your self, this is good, or that's wrong, or he/she is ugly. Say, from my perspective this is good, as far as I am concerned that's wrong, the way I see it is he/she is ugly.

At least you will understand that you are the labeler , and that it is only your label. A truely Enlightened being can not separate the the dance from the dancer, The taste from that which is being tasted, The object seen from the see-er , the listener from the sound.

Practice non-labeling and non-judgement and accept things as they are and let them just be. Experience things as nutral and see where this leads you.

Lets call this the first step on the jurney of a 1,000 miles.