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Unhappiness is everywhere. It is embedded in our mind, which by its very nature is chaotic and problematic. It wants to control and take things. It is always fighting the present moment because it fears the dissolution of forms.

We are run by our mind so we look at life from a limited perspective. We see the procession of forms and not the space that allows the forms to be. As a result, we only see fragments of life, not the totality of life. Life, in all its glory, is benevolent, abundant, and helpful. Whereas each passing moment is subject to the polarities of life: good/bad, happiness/unhappiness, success/failure, and so on.

The way to be free from unhappiness is to de-personalize a situation. We look at a dilemma as if it were happening to somebody else. We put the situation inside a box and we watch the event from outside the box.  For instance, if somebody calls us stupid, we put this person in an imaginary case and look at him/her from the outside. This person may yell at us and call us many names. But we remain calm and peaceful because we know that they are inside the box and therefore can not hurt us.

We discard our harsh judgments and rigid expectations about the person and the situation.  We accept each moment as it is. This acceptance doesn’t mean doing nothing. It means we acknowledge this moment and do what is needed. We go with the flow of life. We become fully alive and enjoy the freshness of each moment.

This is when fear and desire lose their hold over us. We watch the play of forms and realize that there is nothing personal against them. It’s just the way of the world. We begin to play with them and even enjoy ourselves in the process.

 


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Right Action

We live in a fast-paced world. Everyone seems to be running around like crazy trying to meet deadlines and get things done. We believe that the next moment will bring us salvation so we chase after it.We hurry from one meeting to another, listen halfheartedly to our clients, read memos in a cursory fashion, give little attention to our friends and family.  Sometimes this works. Most of the time, it does not. We make mistakes that not only cost us time and money but also jeopardize our relationships. We spend so much energy chasing the forms that pass through our lives and yet we don’t feel complete. Why? Because we only skim the surface of things  that we miss the depth that is in everything and everyone.

How do we free ourselves of this affliction? We start by doing right action. We give our care and attention to the present moment without adding anything to it. We look at the situation without comment or judgment. We take our thoughts out of it. We open up the space for the universe to work through us. We still our mind so the solution bubbles to the surface.  We gain a fresh perspective that compels us to do the right action. We let our true self–that which is at one with everything and everyone–come to the fore and connect us with all that is. We feel the depth of the situation or the aliveness of everyone and become one with them.


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Freedom from your mind

Most people have noisy minds. They are preoccupied with things to do, things to think about. They want the various forms in their lives to satisfy the formless. This leads to constant frustration because the formless comes from within their being and so can never be satisfied by forms.  For instance: they buy an expensive car (form) to make them feel successful (formless). The car may satisfy them for a while but then somebody else drives a much more expensive car and then they become unhappy because someone else is more successful than they are. They experience the polarity of forms: first there was happiness and then there was unhappiness. Forms are never enough so the mind looks somewhere else to fill that which can not be fulfilled. How do we free ourselves from the mind’s constant need of not enough?

The key is to let the formless flow into form. How do we do that? We start by observing the procession of things that happen in our lives  without getting entangled with them. In other words, we accept what happens without judgment. This stops the mind from its noise-making activities because it is no longer fighting what is. We are then able to have space within ourselves. This enables the formless to flow into form so magic can happen. Right things happen at the right time with the right people when you allow things to be. This moment is the best.


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Dealing with death

Most people shrink away from death. They live in constant fear of it and try to run away from it. Some people even deny its existence. But if we realize that death is an opening into another dimension, then death loses its grip on our lives. We are not denying death but simply acknowledging its existence. Death is as natural as life. It is good or it would not be. Others talk about life and death as if these two are opposites. But as Eckhart Tolle puts it, the opposite of death is birth. Life is eternal. Death is the loss of form so that a new form can arise. Life is rearranging itself even in the presence of death. We have to let things happen so that we can experience the full spectrum of life–from birth to marriage to retirement to death–and to see the magnificence and beauty of God in every situation.

This posting is dedicated to a dear friend, Mark Boggs, who passed away suddenly on May 12, 2011. This one’s for you, buddy.


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Emptiness as a way of life

Emptiness sounds like a terrifying thought to many but it is actually liberating. When you are no longer attached to form, the formless (or unmanifested or whatever you want to call it) comes into your life and fills it with unlimited possibilities. It is like a new road has been opened for you and all you have to do is follow the road. You trust the universe to take care of you and guide you along life’s journey. You no longer think of life as hard and difficult. It just is. When you reach this point, you will no longer be disturbed by the constant flux of things. You may even play with forms and enjoy them for a change!


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Smiling with your mind

In the movie “Eat, Pray, Love,” which is based on a book of the same title, a medicine man in Bali, Indonesia told Liz Gilbert, the author, to smile with her mouth, her body, and her mind. This is an interesting observation. Most people only smile with their mouths but their minds and bodies are frowning or even crying. They get so caught up in the workings of their minds that they carry a heavy burden. How can you smile with your mind? Start by observing your thoughts so you can  create space between them. At first this is diffficult to do because the mind comes in and starts to think of things that it needs to reacts to. It will say, “I don’t understand why you are still. You should be doing this, that or the other.” Just be still and continue observing the workings of the mind without judging it. Soon the noise will dissipate and you feel this fresh, minty sensation in your body. You have created space and are now smiling with your mind and body. You have allowed the universe to come into your being and fill you with its limitless love.


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Having a Beautiful Mind

The beautiful mind is at peace with the world and all beings. It is still and does not impose anything on anybody. It looks at people and things and feels its oneness with everything. It is connected with, and supported by, the universe. How can you achieve a beautiful mind? Start by knowing that you have a noisy mind. Once you are aware that your mind is chaotic, you are present as the watcher. Presence and noise can not coexist. Being present means the noise has subsided. For a while. Then it comes back with even more thoughts. That’s how the mind is. It can not be still for long.

The key is to observe your mind without judging it. Just watch the thoughts that come into your mind. Don’t personalize them. Don’t mistake these thoughts for who you are. It is human unconsciousness manifesting at that moment. They are surfacing now because they need to be resolved. But you can’t resolve them by acting on them. You can only resolve them by not reacting to them. You are taking away the energy that is within and around these thoughts. This energy then becomes transmuted into something blissful and beautiful. You are starting to have a beautiful mind. Try it now and see what happens.