“Don’t like the mushrooms?” the Mom asked her son. “Try taking them off the pizza before eating.”
Yes, it can be that easy. Extract the ego differences to see, to love, to feel deeply, and to trust. Extract the identities and breathe into the innate nature of the person in front of you.
Breathe into the spark of life that is not two.
Daikyu Ebo (1715-1774)
This reminder is a map of life. If we consider a challenge, an obstruction, a barrier as a prevention of our destination then it will prevent us moving forward.
By re-framing the barrier into a part of the journey’s map we skip over the disgruntlement, the despair. Instead it’s just part of life to observe and continue moving forward.
Meditation is called “practice” because practice is required daily to train for an awakened existence.
Daily, I must penetrate these barriers, to live the life of liberation. This is what gets me to my cushion each day…I call it Cushion Wisdom!
In the midst of all this magical thinking how does one find the truth?
- Trust what arises
- Listen deeply
- Speak the truth to yourself
Walking in snow
I look back at footprints.
Erasing the past.
Who am I now?
I wonder about this life.
Will this be it?
How will I know when it’s okay to be satisfied?
Curiosity keeps me coming back to this moment both on and off the cushion. What will emerge when I listen deeply? What will arise when I speak the truth to myself?