Joining in the dance

Rivers flow and the water returns, over and over... dancing with the Earth and fish. Jumping into the water disturbs the flow, but the river always knows how to regain its direction.. in fact, it has no choice. Love has no choice, it flows naturally, is always there, even if we are always jumping in that river, it will always flow and regain its form and function. When we keep our minds from jumping into our hearts, love can flow naturally, without hindrance and it is precisely this beauty that makes us jump in the first place! Lets learn that dance and always keep that beauty.

Rivers flow and the water returns, over and over… dancing with the Earth and fish. Jumping into the water disturbs the flow, but the river always knows how to regain its direction.. in fact, it has no choice. Love has no choice, it flows naturally, is always there, even if we are always jumping in that river, it will always flow and regain its form and function. When we keep our minds from jumping into our hearts, love can flow naturally, without hindrance and it is precisely this beauty that makes us jump in the first place! Lets learn that dance and always keep that beauty.

In the steady beat of the heart, blood flows in spirals throughout our beings.

A self-regulating dance emerges…

Our thinking minds watch the dance floor from the sidelines, excited in wonderment and joy… so eager to join in, yet not realizing it has two left feet!

It jumps in and clumsily disturbs the vortices and the dance stumbles to the ground.

The heart laughs, and sighs, and picks up the mind, trying to lead the dance, to teach and guide how it’s done.

Sometimes our minds may laugh too, and accept its shortcomings and allow to be taught, but oh, more often than not, the mind gets embarrassed and can’t admit that it ruined the dance! Surely it knows, and it should lead and it was our hearts fault for the stumble!

Let us get back to that original wonder, that original excitement and love at observing that dance… how beautiful it is, how beyond words it is……Let us see if our heart will let us join its dance again… of course it will, it always will, it is always on your side.

Levels? We don’t need your stinkin’ levels!

Pollen, seeds, sunlight, growth, stem, roots, soil, earth, rock, air, space, moon, Venus, the Sun, Alpha Centuri, Milky Way, Universe... back to heart-mind?

Pollen, seeds, sunlight, growth, stem, roots, soil, earth, rock, air, space, moon, Venus, the Sun, Alpha Centuri, Milky Way, Universe… back to heart-mind?

Its weird, you know, like all these different levels working quite automatically from each other level, yet somehow the automaton work is a synchronicity of some sort. So, we have these cells, for example, all working in incredible detail, speed, intricacy and without giving any regard to what we may conceptualize of them in our minds eye. But they all work in harmony, for example, when we need all the arm cells to move at once. So, we have sub-body levels, including cells, we have body levels, such as muscles, we have a heart level and probably many mind levels. Perhaps many levels, many levels if we look hard enough! lol. So, what is the next level? A spiritual level? Again, many, many levels eh? lol. But all these ‘levels of reality’ seem to be working of their own accord, disregarding the existence of the other levels perhaps, lol. But then, when viewed as a whole, a coherence emerges, a patterning, a directioning without, well, direction I suppose. So, we can see how the mind level can think about such things and can think more and more but all this dissecting, thinking, desire for clarity, for comprehension, for understanding…. that all is within the mind ‘level’, if you will.

Dropping it and seeing what remains can be quite a liberation.

Mindfulness in pain

Your next move? Push the pain away? Move towards it? Is there not another way? The Middle Way.

Your next move? Push the pain away? Move towards it? Is there not another way? The Middle Way.

It is always easier to focus when we are in a good place, both physically and mentally. Sometimes we aren’t in that place, perhaps we feel we are never in that place!

We may sit to meditate and then the neighbors decide it is time to drill holes in the walls to put up shelves, or the traffic outside gets really noisy, or the birds are fighting outside…. “Oh, only if everyone would just shut up I could actually focus my mind and meditate properly!”

Sometimes it is not even things outside our body’s… maybe we have a bad headache, or a migraine. “Oh, i simply can’t focus, my mind is under attack and I need to lay down!”

Well, in Zen, it is said that a good situation is a bad situation and a bad situation is a good situation! lol. So, when we are in these bad situations… can we not find out how come this is actually a good situation? Surely a noisy drill pounding into your head, with a migraine no less, is not good! lol. But, it is good, in a way, a ‘zen’ way…. what can we learn from this situation? Bodhidharma got clonked on the head with a rock.. OUCH! but BAM.. he realized his inherent nature in that moment. When we are suffering, weather in a minor way or in a major way, this suffering provides us with the opportunity to explore it, to kindly and gently, with tenderness, to ask ourselves why it is we suffer and where it is born from… When we get past answering this questioning with “I know where it comes from, it’s from that stupid drill!”, we can begin to truly explore it… with love for ourselves.

Laying down, because the brain is ravaged with a migraine attack, does prevent us from doing sitting meditation, sure, but we can do better meditation! It is like when a person is facing death and all of a sudden they start praying to God…. their love, their heart, is true in those moments, and they beg for help, and become open to help. Prayer has the power to transform ourselves, it opens our heart-minds and allows Truth to flow into our sight.

Buddhism is not about escaping pain, but it is also not about seeking pain. The Middle Way. When pain arrises, we can explore this, or we can rest, whatever we choose, if it is with deep love for ourselves, then all will be OK.

Skeptical?

Does the Easter Bunny exist?

Does the Easter Bunny exist?

Sometimes you may hear someone say, “Don’t be so skeptical, have an open mind!”

But they of course are not the opposite of one another, they are the opposite of opposite! lol.

Being skeptical is having an open mind, a questioning mind, a beginners mind, a scientific mind, a don’t-know mind… a buddha mind.

 

Of course, being ‘skeptical’ is sometimes simply a polite way of saying to someone “I don’t believe that!” lol.