"The obtuse one" (aka Craig)
Awe honey you task me......
I'm not gifted with word but I know what I know and I remember what I've been shown or have read and this reading comes to mind from a Buddist nun Pema Chodron in her book The Places That Scare You in her Prolgue;
When I teach, I begin with a compassionate aspiration, I express the wish that we will apply the teachings in our everyday lives and thus free ourselves and others from suffering.
During the talk, I encourage the audience to keep an open mind, without preconception's. As the Zen master Suzuki Roshi put it; "In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few."
At the end of the talk, I dedicate the merit of the occasion to all beings. This gesture of universal friendship has been likened to a drop of fresh spring water. If we put it on a rock in the sunshine, it will soon evaporate. If we put it in the ocean, however , it will never be lost. Thus the wish is made that we not keep the teachings to ourselves but use them to benefit others.
This approach reflects what are called the three noble principles; good in the beginning, good in the middle, good at the end. The can be used in all the activities of our lives. We can begin anything we do--start our day, eat a meal, or walk into a meeting--with the intention to be open, flexible, and kind. Then we ca proceed with an inquisitive attitude. As my teacher Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche used to say, "Live your life as an experiment."
At the end of the activity, whether we feel we have succeeded or failed in our intention, we seal the act by thinking of others, of those who are succeeding and failing all over the world. We wish that anything we learned in our experiment could also benefit them.
In this spirit, I offer this guide on the training of the compassionate warrior. May it be of benefit at the beginning, in the middle, and at the end. May it help move us toward the places that scare us. May it inform our lives and help us to die with no regrets.
The whole point is to not allow words to enter the mind and start the thought process. It is the space that this uncovers that makes it possible to return to a default setting of calmness and peace. It is what silence is to noise. Sometimes this state of mind can cause emotions to enter the mind that have been held back by the activity of word driven thought. People who first attempt meditation find a lot of debris rising to the surface.
It takes lots of practice to quiet the mind and it also takes a willing spirit to endure the process. Little by little you achieve a calmness which keeps you repeating the process until you finally achieve transformation and the calmness overtakes you and it's a high higher than any you've ever experienced with any mood altering substance which keeps you coming back for more, and this is the quencher for anyone who has truly reached it you come back not for the high but for the calmness of it all, where you just know all is well and you are okay and life doesn't seem such a burden anymore.
It is not rocket science, in fact it is not science at all. It is about developing the ability to still the thinking process and make room for the awareness of the other factors that may be affecting our lives.
Bingo! Life seems so much more refreshing when we stop struggling against the nature of reality and just accept what is, only then can we relax and be fully present for our lives.
My "point" is to understand your "point," and to allow myself to try to understand that there may be other ways of apprehending my universe, as foreign, and even illogical, as they may be to me.
Not everything has logic to it, dare I say that the things which are most illogical are the by far the most poignant.
You touch me with that. I think and think and think...sometimes I'd like to just blow off my head, especially as I consider that everything I've thought is just...well,
And now honey I will say something you will probably really hate but from the words of Philip Knight.......just do it!