October 2, 2015
July 29, 2015
Awakening is not a state but a process: an ethical way of life and commitment that enables human flourishing. As such, it is no longer the exclusive preserve of enlightened teachers or accomplished yogis.
Likewise, nirvana—the stopping of craving—is not the goal of the path but its very source. For human flourishing first stirs in that clear, bright, empty space where neurotic self-centredness realizes that it has no ground at all to stand on. One is then freed to pour forth like sunlight.
May 10, 2015
There is such a deeply rooted belief that we must ‘do’ something with surging emotions, feelings, and sensations in our bodies: to understand them, to link them to some aspect of our life circumstance, to change them, to transform them, to eliminate them, or even to ‘heal’ them. In their arising, they are pure forms of creative energy – but how will we meet them?
This belief was carved into our sensitive little nervous systems as young children when we did not have the capacity to allow them to wash through us and become metabolised in an environment of loving presence. And out of this belief was generated our unique strategies of fight/ flight/ freeze – as a way to get out of very intense states of vulnerability.
But what if for just one moment we did absolutely nothing in relation to the arising of emotional intensity?
What would happen?
What if the most wise, loving, attuned response was to take no action? To not scramble to mend your broken heart, to not urgently spin to ‘transform’ the sadness into happiness, and to not frenetically seek to ‘heal’ your fear.
To not give into the ancient demand that you fall into the extremes of denial or seeking relief, abandoning the uninvited guests through the fuelling of a story about what has happened, who is to blame, why they are there, when they will go away, and what their presence actually means about you as a person?
This ‘doing nothing’ is not a cold, passive resignation, but is a luminous, sacred activity, infused with presence and a wild sort of compassion.
It is a radical act of kindness and love.
– Matt Licata
April 30, 2015
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March 26, 2015
Religion is like a rope with interlaced strands of culture, history, tradition, community, theology, mythology and ethics.
Unfortunately, people believe these strands are all one-and-the-same. If they reject one or two strands, they think they’ll be forced to throw away the whole rope.
Or, they’re made to believe if they embrace only a few of the strands, they’ll be identified with the entire rope.
But, this simply isn’t true. All-or-nothing religions and separation theologies aren’t spiritual paths. They’re tyrannies of the mind.
I would prefer someone embrace the community, culture and ethics of a faith tradition without clinging to its theology or mythology, than have them idolize the theology and mythology and skip compassion and ethics.
~ Scott Kinnaird
February 27, 2015
Mountains should be climbed with as little effort as possible and without desire.
The reality of your own nature should determine the speed. If you become restless, speed up. If you become winded, slow down.
You climb the mountain in an equilibrium between restlessness and exhaustion.