Your direct experience (part 2)
“Experience life in all possible ways --
good-bad, bitter-sweet, dark-light,
summer-winter. Experience all the dualities.
Don't be afraid of experience, because
the more experience you have, the more
mature you become.”
Again, we're apt to fall prey to someone else's message or our faux thoughts.
What is there when there is no thinking?
Don't tell me you've never inhabited that place.
Some call it flow. Others in the zone, but you know what it is not to take your thoughts for real — because there are none.
Sure, this is off the charts when it comes to our hard-headed, rationale selves but then again, we all feel that there's something else in play that would, if found or resolved, turn our lives around.
The person who lives deepest in your soul.
You know you're here; you know that there's something more expansive than your thoughts; the trouble is, you don't want to inhabit that surreal place.
What, the Now?
I'm a meditator. I don't say that to show off. I say it because sitting still, doing nothing and living in this moment reconnects me (not the ego) with something outside the ken of my lived experience. As best I can describe it, I'm one with everything.
But how's this supposed to help with life?
I want answers.
How to make yourself happy?
Good luck with that expedition.
Happiness — the apogee of our lives — is here, right now in this moment. Beyond that it's just wishful thinking.
I know, I know, you feel all this woo-woo writing serves no purpose apart from...well, err, nothing much.
I show up; I write; and the rest...?
I'm 53 in 2020. I've seen a few things, heard a lot but, frankly, it's nearly all a pile of horsesh*t.
I wish I'd been directed to these few lines form the Heart Sutra:
this Body itself is Emptiness
and Emptiness itself is this Body.
This Body is not other than Emptiness
and Emptiness is not other than this Body.
The same is true of Feelings,
Perceptions, Mental Formations,
What do they mean to you?
For me, they're everything and no-thing.
I know that once I inhabit my head and my tawdry thoughts I'm done with.
Instead, I need to understand that this is all there is.