Short Reflections

//Short Reflections

Short Reflections

Christmas is a good time to remember that we have the potential to be Christ if we know how to activate this archetype in us. The birth of Christ symbolizes the birth of the light of awareness, which is why humans placed it around the time of greatest darkness in the year’s cycle, the winter solstice. When the light of awareness can be born, the darkness begins to recede and the days of consciousness get longer.

The question is ‘what awareness are we talking about?’ Christmas is not about the birth of human awareness on the evolutionary stage. It is about the birth of a different kind of awareness that requires training if we so chose to heed it’s call.

The fact that at Christmas so many people who usually never go to church flock to it like herds of sheep not really knowing why they go, except for the fact that their neighbors go, suggests the existence of an inner calling, however faint, that pulls at the heart strings. But for most the calling remains just that, and they don’t know how to or can’t be bothered to heed it; because to heed this call will be the most difficult thing you’ll ever do in your life as the Christ’s passion reminds us. It will be to engage the path of mindful awareness.

To heed the call and let the light of mindful awareness be born in this life of yours means to begin the journey of practice, the practice of mindful awareness. This requires you to be taught by teachers on the path – then only will you embody the birth of the Christ we all are, and realize the real meaning of Christmas.

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Psychological theories and treatment approaches assume our involvement as protagonists of our life story without usually questioning who or what the protagonist is. For example, if I feel sad, I investigate the reasons and circumstances of ‘my’ sadness without ever inquiring into who or what the ‘I’ is that feels sad. When we begin to shift our inquiry towards that energy which assumes authorship of our emotional states, conscious actions and identities, a whole new field of understanding opens up with its own methods of inquiry and deep healing potential. This field is existential and contextual in its nature; existential because we examine the reality we create from the perspective of questioning the very foundations of the ‘I’ that creates subjective experience; contextual because it connects us with the unfathomably vast context of reality beyond our left-brain conceptual grasping that limits our identity to the boundaries of the skin.

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Mindfulness is an extremely personal awareness-based life engagement of a special sort; not special in an elitist way, but in the sense that despite its present popularity it is not usually pursued by many people. Awareness sounds noble and seems desirable, yet challenges our being to the core. Thus mindfulness requires much more than good intentions combined with interest.

Living mindfully means to be fully immersed in the ruthless pursuit of truth. To this end we have to fully embrace reality, which means to always be on the lookout for what we do not want to know, feel or accept about ourselves. The fuel for awareness is what keeps hitting us over the head despite our repeated attempts at getting rid of it.

Listen carefully to all the criticism and dissatisfaction others express about you; don’t dismiss it too easily, lovingly hold that pain in your conscious embrace, sift through its layers of meaning and complexity, and grow from it by assuming responsibility for your vulnerabilities and imperfections, without violence to yourself, and without unduly shouldering the part of that pain that does not belong to you.

Get your hands dirty as you tend the garden of your Being. You have nothing more to lose than everything.

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The only place to find certainty is in the paradise of fantasy, where nothing ever happens. Reality, where everything happens and uncertainty reigns supreme, is the purgatory that allows us to burn all fantasy down to the ground of peace.

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I am worried …. now mindfulness has become a fad. Everybody and their uncle is becoming mindful. A collective simplification and idealization has taken hold. Fastmindfulness has sprung up at every street corner – fast, easy and fun; cheap, fattening and bad for your health. Enlightenment is the next fashion. Everybody is reaching for the moon. How does everybody forget the essence – savoring each moment of a bit less endarkenment?

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To understand who we are as human beings it is not enough to engage in the three classical studies of the brain, behavior and our subjective experience. We also have to include the evolutionary perspective. Efficient and adaptive behaviors and basic life-management know-how have existed right from the start of life, way before nervous systems existed and humans ever roamed the planet. As nervous systems evolved, minds arose, and as nervous systems became increasingly complex, minds became conscious and ultimately developed a sense of self.

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Surprising:In the brain,the neurological circuits for survival (breathing,heart beat,hunger) are anchored to pathways of self-awareness, which is why embodied self-awareness is the grail of health and wisdom.

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Such is awareness. It does not have a seat anywhere as it roams everywhere. It sits everywhere you pay attention to – in your left big toe, in the red Sumac bush, in the feeling of love for your child, in your math homework, in the most distant galaxy you see through Hubble, in the most unlikely non-existing world of your imagination. It has no color, no attributes, no characteristics you can pinpoint and is transparent and clear. It is the coming together (1) of the known (2) and the knowing (3), yet beyond all three. You cannot create, expand, change, lose or find it because it is always already there. You can only get out of your own ways of obfuscating its presence – with the help of your MPC (medial prefrontal cortex).

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It is our duty to express the unexpressable small aspects of truth that elude us, open ourselves to the realm of the unsayable and indefinable, and explore realities for which there is neither evidence nor even probability; this means finding the voice of Being by relinquishing the safe and certain shores of beliefs, seemingly sure knowledge and dogma.

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We battle two existential prisons: Suffering and enlightenment. Suffering is a bad habit, enlightenment a useless worry, both rooted in reactivity for survival. Shed both and you will find the exquisite freedom of Being.

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Jon Kabat-Zinn is alleged to have written or said: “Meditation is the only intentional, systematic human activity which at bottom is about not trying to improve yourself or get anywhere else, but simply to realize where you already are.”

The quote is so incomplete or out of context as to run the danger of misunderstanding: ‘Simply realizing where you already are’ is the greatest human transformation possible – by not trying to improve yourself or get anywhere else you wake up from the most altered of human states of consciousness. Paradoxically that means landing somewhere entirely different than what you are used to, where EVERYTHING has changed – that ‘place and time’ is now. The effort this takes is huge – it is the effort of effortlessly getting out of your own way.

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The most extraordinary knowing does not consist of fantastic expectations from grand events and glamorous worlds, but of our utmost attention to the minute details of our ordinary moments. It is in the common grain of sand, in the common gesture of reaching for your tea, in the simple challenge of dealing with your rebellious adolescent that the extraordinary finds its most refined expression as your timeless teacher. The meditation practice we engage in is not just an external structure and technique we follow, but the very embodiment of our awakening. Make no mistake – the nameless envelops you already! All it needs is your undivided attention.

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Good Friday – in the depth of night facing absurdity with equanimity and losing everything. Easter – the gift of inspiration and renewal made possible by the destroyer darkness of the night. A quick word on the cross: The horizontal beam is the time-bound space of our finite embodied lives. The vertical beam is the transcendental timeless dimension that gives our lives the promise of liberation. Mindfulness practice is the embodiment of the cross – Easter shows the way to fulfill the mystery of mindfulness through the wisdom and love of the cross.

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The only place to find certainty is in the paradise of fantasy, where nothing ever happens. Reality, where everything happens and uncertainty reigns supreme, is the purgatory that allows us to burn all fantasy down to the ground of peace.

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The completion of the spiritual journey involves two movements, the masculine movement of surrender to the nameless called transcendence, and the feminine movement back into the embrace of everything called love. Christ’s act of coming back into the world to take on the world’s suffering is exactly that act of love that completes the human journey to its final liberation. The same symbolism can be found in the ten ox herding pictures of Zen. Once the nameless has found conscious manifestation in one’s life, it is our responsibility to go back to the market place and spread its love.

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We must learn to abandon meaning, even though this seems to lead into the mist and darkness of nonsense and madness at first. For all our false sense of security in what we know, we really only limp along the corridors of illumination on crutches of understanding. Following this path by throwing away the crutches of knowing and plunging into the body’s mysteries is not for the fainthearted, even though the treasures we find are priceless. We usually lack the greatest weapon against the storms of doubt and seduction caused by the allure of the predictable, and that is trust. We have to trust the stillness we can find everywhere in the fabric of everyday living when we stop and listen receptively through our senses. After finding disorder and meaninglessness at first, through perseverance we are soon transformed and the supreme order and meaning that penetrates all becoming and vanishing will then reveal itself to you.

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It is only through education in proper dying that we can discover full being. What that means has some complexity: Letting go and surrendering is not just a painful disidentification from cherished attachments. Motivated by an irresistible calling we embrace and work through the pain of dying, because something in us we fundamentally are is waiting for us to take the necessary steps and liberate it from obscurity. Until the invisible nameless becomes fully lived reality, we have not fulfilled our destiny and know nothing of the grand LIFE of spirit beyond the little life of the body.

The imminence of death and the view of the world from the perspective of contemplating death is a curiously surprising experience: The sense of the present stretches out beyond today, looking back into centuries gone by, and forward into futures yet unborn. Through death we discover the invisible realm of disowned LIFE that has been beckoning us all along. That discovery, as unknowable as it is, is what is most real in a human life and the ultimate act of healing.

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Meditation and mindfulness are just the opposite orientation from our cherished compulsion of accumulating more knowledge. Instead of adding and creating they peel away and dissolve until the essence of truth radiates in its full and simple splendor. Like the way Michelangelo liberated his statues from the cumbersome layers of the rough natural rock, so do we little by little chisel away the layers of conditioning with the instrument of non-doing. The more we can get out of our own way and stop pushing the river of inevitability, the stronger the sense that nothing important is left undone. Mindfulness is the practice of dying and becoming par excellence. In its most central essence practice is thus an education in dying, and dying is at its core the catalyst for transformation towards full spiritual living, which transcends the time-bound existence of the physical body.

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The organism that we all are (as opposed to the body we all have) is not just a visible structure in the form of a physical body animated by a conscious and unconscious psyche. It also includes an invisible essence as what can be called spirit that is profoundly transpersonal. Deep healing can only occur when we give up our narrow identification with what is visible and grow to surrender to the vast context of the unfathomable! That is the core project of initiation into the great mystery of transpiration, the great breath across the infinite expanse of the unknowable.

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Every human movement, thought and feeling is a precisely timed electric signal traveling through a chain of neurons. Each signal changes the brain. Therefore, your life with all its states of mind, good and bad, is unconsciously practiced! This is why meditation practice is life well lived.

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Warm-up and challenge in meditation:

In meditation the first order of things is finding ease. The cushion should become a place of refuge, a safe spot of rest and restoration, and a fascinating space of exploration. I therefore encourage beginners if necessary to move during formal practice as a way of staying within the window of tolerance for tension and inner stress. As long as properly using the grounding tools of meditation is new and challenging, we cannot go too far into the orbit of the challenge zone.

There comes the time however, when we begin the steep ascent to the peak. As we become increasingly familiar with the tricks of the trade, the tools and attitudes of inner exploration, we need to become completely still. We an equanimous attitude we need to settle in our bodies so as to stop arbitrary movements. Grounded in the learned skills of meditative observation, we then withstand the physical, emotional and spiritual storms of energy flow that want us to move, no matter how challenging. The stormier it gets, the deeper the purification from conditioning. At this level, all arbitrary movement with exception of subtle alignment corrections become avoidances. In other words, pain and suffering become our guides we look forward to meeting. Only so can we break the cycles of conditioning and integrate towards a new harmony.

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Meditation and the capacity to be alone:

Meditation is often misunderstood as a solitary activity – sitting alone in silence on a pillow. This could not be further from the truth.

Our brain is the relational organ par excellence. We are deeply wired to relate to both others and ourselves. More than any other species or animal on this planet we are shaped by relationships. Of all the animals we have the longest childhood spanning about 28 years, all of which revolves around learning to be human through relationships with our primary caregivers. Indeed, it is through our relationships to each other that we become who we are and come to know ourselves.

In meditation you attune your observing self with your experiencing self, engaging the resonance circuitry of the brain responsible for our fundamental relatedness. This same circuitry is the one responsible for our attuned relationships with others. This is why meditation harmonizes our relationships to others, and attuned relationships with others facilitate our meditation.

To learn and sustain a meditation practice we are continually engaged with teachers and other meditators, and it is through this meaningful and attuned engagement with a teacher and others that we develop via resonance circuitry the capacity to be attuned to ourselves. When we have internalized these attuned and healing relationships to our teachers, we develop the capacity to be alone. This means having the ability to be alone without feeling stressed about it, due to the fact that our aloneness entails our internalized relationships. Only through this capacity to be alone, paradoxically a deeply relational state of being, can our meditation reach the depths it is meant to reach, including the vast realms of emptiness.

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People are used to looking for reality in their thinking instead of where it really is, the moment-by-moment flow of energy. Reality is the way things are, and the way things are gets befogged by the tyranny of our thoughts, which seek certainty and familiarity in the reality of uncertainty. Reality is to spirituality what gravity is to Newtonian physics. You can try to refuse gravity if you like, and next thing you know is that you still fall on your nose when you trip. You can equally try to reject reality if you like, and next thing you know is that everything is still exactly the way it is after you have tried to manipulate everything. Conclusion: Truth is what keeps hitting you over the head after you have tried hard to deny or get rid of it.

The journey thrust upon us by chronic pain is not just about the pain, but about the fact that by changing our state of self-awareness through mindfulness, the pain turns into our teacher of life’s unfathomable mysteries –
and the gifts are immeasurable.

…. So here we then sit together,
these suffering human beings full of agony and despair,
and I, receptacle of these patients’ projected last hope,
bearing my own life’s suffering as we all do,
as limited in my knowledge and ability to offer relief
as both my patients and colleagues,
having nothing else to offer but my presence.
This gift of mutual presence is immeasurable ….

If I asked you what ‘nothing’ is,
you may be at a loss for words and say that nothing is nothing,
in which case you may not realize that you have just told me
that nothing is something called ‘nothing’.
If you were asked to be still more precise,
you may tell me that nothing is the absence of all things,
in which case I then would ask you what absence is.
You may then have no other choice but to capitulate and agree
that absence is ‘some thing’ called ‘absence’.
The background or ’empty space’ against which we see ‘things’
always remains the unattended unnamable.

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Our brain is the relational organ par excellence. We are deeply wired to relate to both others and ourselves. More than any other species or animal on this planet we are shaped by relationships. Of all the animals we have the longest childhood spanning about 28 years, all of which revolves around learning to be human through relationships with our primary caregivers. Indeed, it is through our relationships to each other that we become who we are and come to know ourselves.

The only way we know others is through our senses. Physical energy signals from the outside world hit our senses, which then send the information up through our nervous system and the brain to create our subjective experience of the outside world. We can therefore never really be with a rose or a loved one. The closest we can get is to be attuned to our own internal experience as a translation of external reality.

That is why mindfulness is so important – we attune so deeply with our inner world that we reduce the distance between ourselves and others. This is what harmonious relationships are all about. We now know scientifically that the resulting kindness and compassion are at the root of health and wellbeing.

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The moment that may never come:
Don’t wait for the opportunity to be mindful or to offer your love when it seems favorable, manageable or convenient.
Don’t put beauty on hold.
Neither mindfulness nor love want to be parked on a fence until the right moment appears or you meet and trust the right person. Independant of circumstance offer both freely and continuously because it is your premeditated approach to life. Your spirituality should guide you to be loving and open from the start, without reservations or conditions, if that is what you seek and promise.
Remember to engage your day without restraint in a positive and loving way – beauty unbound.

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If we are open to hear, our teachers are everywhere; you may know them or you may have never met them before; they seem to materialize most unexpectedly (and often unnervingly) in the most surprising of circumstances, and they are almost sure to appear in the most unforeseen and inconvenient moments!
Some do not know they are your teachers at that moment, because they are too preoccupied with their own survival. They are mad at you, disappointed in you or plain rude. Although they don’t feel loving, accept their effects on you with loving wisdom before you respond with dignity and respect.
Other teachers meet you with grace. Their distinctive trait is to be uncompromising but kind. When we have it wrong, they gently but firmly set us straight!
There is no end to improvement ….

**********

The most extraordinary knowing does not consist of fantastic expectations from grand events and glamorous worlds, but of our utmost attention to the minute details of our ordinary moments. It is in the common grain of sand, in the common gesture of reaching for your tea, in the simple challenge of dealing with your rebellious adolescent that the extraordinary finds its most refined expression as your timeless teacher. The meditation practice we engage in is not just an external structure and technique we follow, but the very embodiment of our awakening. Make no mistake – the nameless envelops you already! All it needs is your undivided attention.

**********

Good Friday – in the depth of night facing absurdity with equanimity and losing everything. Easter – the gift of inspiration and renewal made possible by the destroyer darkness of the night. A quick word on the cross: The horizontal beam is the time-bound space of our finite embodied lives. The vertical beam is the transcendental timeless dimension that gives our lives the promise of liberation. Mindfulness practice is the embodiment of the cross – Easter shows the way to fulfill the mystery of mindfulness through the wisdom and love of the cross.

**********

The only place to find certainty is in the paradise of fantasy, where nothing ever happens. Reality, where everything happens and uncertainty reigns supreme, is the purgatory that allows us to burn all fantasy down to the ground of peace.

**********

The completion of the spiritual journey involves two movements, the masculine movement of surrender to the nameless called transcendence, and the feminine movement back into the embrace of everything called love. Christ’s act of coming back into the world to take on the world’s suffering is exactly that act of love that completes the human journey to its final liberation. The same symbolism can be found in the ten ox herding pictures of Zen. Once the nameless has found conscious manifestation in one’s life, it is our responsibility to go back to the market place and spread its love.

**********

We must learn to abandon meaning, even though this seems to lead into the mist and darkness of nonsense and madness at first. For all our false sense of security in what we know, we really only limp along the corridors of illumination on crutches of understanding. Following this path by throwing away the crutches of knowing and plunging into the body’s mysteries is not for the fainthearted, even though the treasures we find are priceless. We usually lack the greatest weapon against the storms of doubt and seduction caused by the allure of the predictable, and that is trust. We have to trust the stillness we can find everywhere in the fabric of everyday living when we stop and listen receptively through our senses. After finding disorder and meaninglessness at first, through perseverance we are soon transformed and the supreme order and meaning that penetrates all becoming and vanishing will then reveal itself to you.

**********

It is only through education in proper dying that we can discover full being. What that means has some complexity: Letting go and surrendering is not just a painful disidentification from cherished attachments. Motivated by an irresistible calling we embrace and work through the pain of dying, because something in us we fundamentally are is waiting for us to take the necessary steps and liberate it from obscurity. Until the invisible nameless becomes fully lived reality, we have not fulfilled our destiny and know nothing of the grand LIFE of spirit beyond the little life of the body.

The imminence of death and the view of the world from the perspective of contemplating death is a curiously surprising experience: The sense of the present stretches out beyond today, looking back into centuries gone by, and forward into futures yet unborn. Through death we discover the invisible realm of disowned LIFE that has been beckoning us all along. That discovery, as unknowable as it is, is what is most real in a human life and the ultimate act of healing.

**********

Meditation and mindfulness are just the opposite orientation from our cherished compulsion of accumulating more knowledge. Instead of adding and creating they peel away and dissolve until the essence of truth radiates in its full and simple splendor. Like the way Michelangelo liberated his statues from the cumbersome layers of the rough natural rock, so do we little by little chisel away the layers of conditioning with the instrument of non-doing. The more we can get out of our own way and stop pushing the river of inevitability, the stronger the sense that nothing important is left undone. Mindfulness is the practice of dying and becoming par excellence. In its most central essence practice is thus an education in dying, and dying is at its core the catalyst for transformation towards full spiritual living, which transcends the time-bound existence of the physical body.

**********

The organism that we all are (as opposed to the body we all have) is not just a visible structure in the form of a physical body animated by a conscious and unconscious psyche. It also includes an invisible essence as what can be called spirit that is profoundly transpersonal. Deep healing can only occur when we give up our narrow identification with what is visible and grow to surrender to the vast context of the unfathomable! That is the core project of initiation into the great mystery of transpiration, the great breath across the infinite expanse of the unknowable.

**********

Every human movement, thought and feeling is a precisely timed electric signal traveling through a chain of neurons. Each signal changes the brain. Therefore, your life with all its states of mind, good and bad, is unconsciously practiced! This is why meditation practice is life well lived.

**********

Warm-up and challenge in meditation:

In meditation the first order of things is finding ease. The cushion should become a place of refuge, a safe spot of rest and restoration, and a fascinating space of exploration. I therefore encourage beginners if necessary to move during formal practice as a way of staying within the window of tolerance for tension and inner stress. As long as properly using the grounding tools of meditation is new and challenging, we cannot go too far into the orbit of the challenge zone.

There comes the time however, when we begin the steep ascent to the peak. As we become increasingly familiar with the tricks of the trade, the tools and attitudes of inner exploration, we need to become completely still. We an equanimous attitude we need to settle in our bodies so as to stop arbitrary movements. Grounded in the learned skills of meditative observation, we then withstand the physical, emotional and spiritual storms of energy flow that want us to move, no matter how challenging. The stormier it gets, the deeper the purification from conditioning. At this level, all arbitrary movement with exception of subtle alignment corrections become avoidances. In other words, pain and suffering become our guides we look forward to meeting. Only so can we break the cycles of conditioning and integrate towards a new harmony.

**********

People are used to looking for reality in their thinking instead of where it really is, the moment-by-moment flow of energy. Reality is the way things are, and the way things are gets befogged by the tyranny of our thoughts, which seek certainty and familiarity in the reality of uncertainty. Reality is to spirituality what gravity is to Newtonian physics. You can try to refuse gravity if you like, and next thing you know is that you still fall on your nose when you trip. You can equally try to reject reality if you like, and next thing you know is that everything is still exactly the way it is after you have tried to manipulate everything. Conclusion: Truth is what keeps hitting you over the head after you have tried hard to deny or get rid of it.

**********

If we are open to hear, our teachers are everywhere; you may know them or you may have never met them before; they seem to materialize most unexpectedly (and often unnervingly) in the most surprising of circumstances, and they are almost sure to appear in the most unforeseen and inconvenient moments!
Some do not know they are your teachers at that moment, because they are too preoccupied with their own survival. They are mad at you, disappointed in you or plain rude. Although they don’t feel loving, accept their effects on you with loving wisdom before you respond with dignity and respect.
Other teachers meet you with grace. Their distinctive trait is to be uncompromising but kind. When we have it wrong, they gently but firmly set us straight!
There is no end to improvement ….

**********

The moment that may never come:
Dont wait for the opportunity to be mindful or to offer your love when it seems favorable, manageable or convenient.
Don’t put beauty on hold.
Neither mindfulness nor love want to be parked on a fence until the right moment appears or you meet and trust the right person. Independant of circumstance offer both freely and continuously because it is your premeditated approach to life. Your spirituality should guide you to be loving and open from the start, without reservations or conditions, if that is what you seek and promise.
Remember to engage your day without restraint in a positive and loving way – beauty unbound.

**********

Our brain is the relational organ par excellence. We are deeply wired to relate to both others and ourselves. More than any other species or animal on this planet we are shaped by relationships. Of all the animals we have the longest childhood spanning about 28 years, all of which revolves around learning to be human through relationships with our primary caregivers. Indeed, it is through our relationships to each other that we become who we are and come to know ourselves.

The only way we know others is through our senses. Physical energy signals from the outside world hit our senses, which then send the information up through our nervous system and the brain to create our subjective experience of the outside world. We can therefore never really be with a rose or a loved one. The closest we can get is to be attuned to our own internal experience as a translation of external reality.

That is why mindfulness is so important – we attune so deeply with our inner world that we reduce the distance between ourselves and others. This is what harmonious relationships are all about. We now know scientifically that the resulting kindness and compassion are at the root of health and wellbeing.

**********

Jon Kabat-Zinn is alleged to have written or said: Meditation is the only intentional, systematic human activity which at bottom is about not trying to improve yourself or get anywhere else, but simply to realize where you already are.

The quote is so incomplete or out of context as to run the danger of misunderstanding: ‘Simply realizing where you already are’ is the greatest human transformation possible – by not trying to improve yourself or get anywhere else you wake up from the most altered of human states of consciousness. Paradoxically that means landing somewhere entirely different than what you are used to, where EVERYTHING has changed – that ‘place and time’ is now. The effort this takes is huge – it is the effort of effortlessly getting out of your own way.

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Having the daily stories your mind produces enrich your life is wonderful, but basing your life on these conceptual jewels is a recipe for disappointment. Our brain creates routinely mostly ruminative and practical survival-driven thoughts and stories. These are not only limiting and stifling creativity, but also mostly conditioned repetitions of ancient survival patterns that don’t help us any longer. If we let it, our brain lulls us into conceptual illusions of predictability and certainty, and imprisoned by them, we suffer.

Like candy thoughts are addictive and alluring. They are like flashlights in the night – we see what they illuminate, and because they can never illuminate the night as a whole, we miss everything else around them. But what they illuminate seems like a big relief from the eerie unknown of the darkness, and we get emotionally swept away. Blind and lost, we are like the drunkard who searches for his lost key under a streetlamp, because that is where the light is. We then are baffled that we cannot find the key to peace.

We must learn to abandon meaning, even though this seems to lead into the mist and darkness of nonsense and madness at first. For all our false sense of security in what we know, we really only limp along the corridors of illumination on crutches of understanding. Following this path of throwing away the crutches of knowing and plunging into the body’s mysteries is not for the fainthearted, even though the treasures we find are priceless.

We usually lack the greatest weapon against the storms of doubt when we believe we are going mad and the storms of seduction when we get hooked by the allure of the predictable – and that weapon is trust. We have to trust the stillness we can find everywhere in the fabric of everyday living when we stop and listen receptively through our senses. After finding disorder and meaninglessness at first, through perseverance we are soon transformed and the supreme order and meaning that penetrates all becoming and vanishing will then reveal itself to you.

**********

We battle two existential prisons: Suffering and enlightenment. Suffering is a bad habit, enlightenment a useless worry, both rooted in reactivity for survival. Shed both and you will find the exquisite freedom of Being.

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We battle two existential prisons: Suffering and enlightenment. Suffering is a bad habit, enlightenment a useless worry, both rooted in reactivity for survival. Shed both and you will find the exquisite freedom of Being.

**********

It is our duty to express the unexpressable small aspects of truth that elude us, open ourselves to the realm of the unsayable and indefinable, and explore realities for which there is neither evidence nor even probability; this means finding the voice of Being by relinquishing the safe and certain shores of beliefs, seemingly sure knowledge and dogma.

**********

The only place to find certainty is in the paradise of fantasy, where nothing ever happens. Reality, where everything happens and uncertainty reigns supreme, is the purgatory that allows us to burn all fantasy down to the ground of peace.

Copyright 2013 by Dr. Stphane Treyvaud. All rights reserved.

By |2013-04-06T02:49:42+00:00April 6th, 2013|Mindfulness|