that holding on to anything blocks wisdom.
Any conclusion that we draw must be let go."
I had occasion to hang out with one of these old friends the other day.
IMHO, The Wisdom of No Escape: and the Path of Loving Kindness is a must read. Between its covers, Pema Chodron tells it like it is.
How cool is that?
With Mindfulness Practice, we can come to see this operate directly. Then, we can learn to expand our focus. Rather than remain "lost in our thoughts," we can shift our awareness from our heads to the boundless space of our own hearts. There, the thoughts are seen as just thoughts, not as the Truth. We see clearly that these thoughts are insubstantial, transitory, impermanent. Paying close attention, opening to the space from which they emerge, we find ourselves dancing with the wondrous array of energies at play in the vast spaciousness of each moment. Instead of allowing the thoughts to continuously play the re-runs of our own individual movie day after day, we are free to experience life directly, to become who we truly are.
It just takes Practice.
I think therefore I am. Not.
For most of us, our "thoughts about the matter," our likes and dislikes, beliefs and opinions, become the primary foundation of our identity. The
"I" that we experience is, in large part, the sum total of the
conclusions we have drawn about the nature of reality and how we fit
into it. Even if that "I" was substantially created in our childhood, and is generally stressed and unhappy, we cling
to it. It is familiar terrain. It can be scary as hell to throw it all up for grabs and realize we don't know really know who we are or what is actually going on.
Yet that is precisely the Gateway to the Real Deal.
Over time, with commitment, effort, and gentle persistence, we begin to open to Life
in a fuller, kinder, clearer, and more complete way. In time, we come to see clearly that we are
way more than we thought we were.
In fact, at times, we can decide to just close the book, (or turn off the devices), take a full deep breath, feel our hearts, and look around us. Beyond the prattle of our discursive thinking, the sights and sounds of feelings of our own experience have a depth and luminosity that is magical. There, we can know directly that what separates us is only relatively real. Within and beyond that, in the embrace of the One Love that exists in our heart of hearts, we are the entire Universe!