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Inspiration – Accepting the Whole of our Experience

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“The real reason why human life can be so utterly exasperating and frustrating is not because there are facts called death, pain, fear, or hunger.

The madness of the thing is that when such facts are present, we circle, buzz, writhe, and whirl, trying to get the “I” out of the experience. We pretend that we are amoebas, and try to protect ourselves from life by splitting in two.

Sanity, wholeness, and integration lie in the realization that we are not divided, that man and his present experience are one, and that no separate “I” or mind can be found.

To understand music, you must listen to it. But so long as you are thinking, “I am listening to this music,” you are not listening.”

~ Alan Watts

This last line from Alan Watts really hit home. I recall sitting in meditation, and my mind telling me over and over again “I am meditating” rather than embracing the actual experience of what it is to be present.

How many times do we read something, and rather than absorbing its full meaning and the underlying feelings, we simply read words.

When we separate ourselves from the full experience and feeling, we detach ourselves from life itself, and become actors playing out our roles.

Next time, you find yourself detaching (Or splitting yourself into two like and amoeba) pause. Notice what’s  happening while its happening. Then ask “Am I aware of what I am feeling right now?”

17 comments on “Inspiration – Accepting the Whole of our Experience

  1. Fascinating conversation Val. I wonder if we went even further and rather than asking, “what am I….” we simply observed without questioning… Hmmm… now I’m pondering. ❤

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  2. “How many times do we read something, and rather than absorbing its full meaning and the underlying feelings, we simply read words.” More often than I should…thanks, Val!

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  3. Alan Watts had quite the mind . . . even if he wouldn’t want me to split him in two like that. 😀

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  4. Great post, Val. I do split when I’m doing something I don’t enjoy – like cleaning toilets. Ha ha. Although, I have heard there is value in being mindful about that too. 🙂


  5. I am forever learning the intricacies of this skill of being in the experience vs. being aware of being in the experience. I loved this post Val.


  6. I agree with Derrick – very profound.
    Love this extract from Alan Watts. Thanks for sharing, Val.


  7. I am really appreciative of this message! It’s timely for me…thank you, Val.


  8. Brilliant takeaway, Val. I am a meditator by nature. In nature. Sitting meditation seems fruitless when I live and breathe mindfulness. Of course this is a practice. Your invitation to be one with self brings back the moment, always. And in this returning to ‘me,’ we might discover that ‘me’ dissolving into a sea of unity with all of existence. There are glimpses, then it simply becomes obvious and natural.

    Blessings for a restful and restorative weekend! Aloha ❤

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  9. tripmonkey

    Lovely Blog, I too am a fan of his works. Please check out my blog if you have time, great minds think alike 😉

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  10. Great food for thought. I have had the same experience while meditating. And sometimes when reading I’m reading the words only, but I usually discover that fairly soon and reread all of it.

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    • Awareness keeps bringing us back home. Thank you Helen! As we brace ourselves for over 5 inches of snow tonight, I have fond memories of your neck of the Gulf 😎

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      • Oh dear, more snow! But it’s going to fall when and where it pleases 🙂 It has avoided me this year…whenever I’ve been up north it’s been rain, apart from a white Christmas in Sweden.

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