we need to be ready to abandon our views about them.”
That brought a smile to my face as well.
I smiled again.
Although the thoughts and emotions that emerge in our lives can make it appear otherwise, what is right there in front of us is a constant invitation. We can either open our hearts and minds to embrace the miracle that exists within and beyond each and every moment-- or not. It's just that simple.
It takes Practice.
The Way hOMe
As Suzuki Roshi presented it in Zen Mind. Beginners Mind, we each have the inherent capacity to let go of our preconceptions and open ourselves to a fresh and unique appearance of each moment. After having spent years investing in "growing up," knowing things, defending our opinions with a vengeance, we can learn to explore not knowing. There, beyond what we think we know, in each and every moment, Reality asserts itself.
Along the way, I've found that a commitment to a formal meditation practice helps. Taking the time and making the space daily to connect with the vast realm of experience beyond the emotional reactivity and habitual thought processes that have always dominated my attention, has been invaluable. Just Sitting Still, I've learned to cultivate a more precise, yet relaxed and open, quality of awareness. In the moments that I am truly present, I experience a Presence that soothes and satisfies my soul.
Seeing that everything changes, changes everything.
It just takes Practice.