waking up Category

Joyful effort in the face of apathy

November to February is my least favourite time of year.  I feel a natural decline in mood and increase in apathy.  It's the best word to describe this kind of personal dissociation that is one of my many afflictions.  I've felt it creeping around for a while and especially this week.  It's that 'I don't care about anything much and couldn't be bothered with or about anything either'. I find myself sucked into unhelpful nothingness of social media scrolling and escapeful TV that demand zero engagement or activity.  I see it. And slowly, this seeing without judging the apathy pokes…

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Slowing down, resting in our true nature.

[caption id="attachment_443" align="alignleft" width="225"] Resting in springtime sun[/caption] Reading Haemin Sunim's 'The things you can see only when you slow down" over the last few days.  Enjoying some slowing down time as springtime sun comes to visit us here.  Resting in resonance with some of his words: " I wish you could see my true nature. Beyond my body and labels, there is a river of tenderness and vulnerability. Beyond stereotypes and assumptions, there is a valley of openness and authenticity. Beyond memory and ego, there is an ocean of awareness and compassion." The body and labels - sometimes it's like the everyday busyness of…

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Why retreat?

  Reading Sylvia Boorsteins's: Don't just do something, sit there - I am inspired to remember the value of periodic retreats. Paraphrasing Sylvia and integrating with my own ponderings: So why practice 'in seclusion' rather than 'in the midst of life'? On retreat, we are freed of the usual diversions and distractions.  There is no place to hide.  We open to the possibility of knowing ourselves a bit better. Really we practice seeing how things are rather that how we are. In our day to day lives we complicate our moments, spinning up elaborate productions and the mind becomes confused and fatigued.…

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It’s not working!

http://www.elephantjournal.com/2016/07/are-you-trying-to-escape/   How often have we cried out this lament about our fledgling mindfulness meditation practice? I know I have. I still get overwhelmed, get sucked back into autopilot habits of reactivity of overworking, overthinking and over critiquing. 'It's not working' - I can hear the whisper of judging mind in the background - and it quickly spirals to inner critic who laments  'I'm no good at this'. When we practice, we learn the intention of mindfulness is simply awareness. Accepting what is here without the need to change it. So today I welcome the 'it's not working' thinking since it may…

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Inspiring words … the time is now …

I love those moments that wake me up from an overthinking-everplanning loop!  Here's a share for today ... Today a poem from Oriah Mountain Dreamer, The Call, stopped me in my tracks... these words resonated especially ...   " ... There is nowhere to go.  What you are looking for is right here.   Open the fist clenched in wanting and see what you already hold in your hand.     There is no waiting for something to happen, no point in the future to get to.   All you have ever longed for is here in this moment, right now.   …

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