So Don’t Eat the Mushrooms…!

“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.

If you penetrate one barrier, there is another.

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.

Henricus Hondius, Antique Double Hemisphere Map, c. 1630. Image in the public domain.

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!

For Truth to Emerge

Question:
In the midst of all this magical thinking how does one find the truth? 

An Answer

  • Pause
  • Relax
  • Open
  • Trust what arises
  • Listen deeply
  • Speak the truth to yourself

How will I know…?

Walking in snow
I look back at footprints.

Wind arrives 
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?

Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese). Young Woman Admiring a Snow Rabbit. Late 1760s. Color woodblock print with embossing. Cleveland Museum of Art. Image in the public domain.