Authenticity and Tension

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Are you dealing with constant tension in your body? … Have you considered that you might be living out of alignment with who you truly are. Could you be living an inauthentic life?

These are powerful questions that came up as I was revisiting John J. Prendergast’s book: In Touch How to Tune in to the Inner Guidance of Your Body and Trust Yourself. (Highly recommended for seekers, meditators and yogis)

Our body is a powerful teacher about how we live our lives. It stores trauma and joy and everything in between. When we tune into the sensations in our body we can begin to not only release the tension but become more open, authentic and true to ourselves.

“Tension is inevitable when we live a lie and try to appear different from how we actually are. We don’t want to appear vulnerable or needy. We don’t trust that we are fundamentally enough as we are, even with our struggles and shortcomings.

We compensate outwardly by trying to do things that will prove our value to others. We also edit our self image as we describe our life to ourselves and others – the image maintenance project.

Often, this habit becomes so automatic that we are unaware of it. We unknowingly adopt a mask and mistake it for our real face, assuming that our chronically tense and armored body is natural. It is normal, but it isn’t natural.”

Natural is about feeling in balance, nourished and connected to ourselves.

Three Levels of Truth

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“There are three levels of truth: experience, reasoning, and knowing.

All other assertions should be rejected.”

 

The first type of truth is from our direct experience.

The second type, is truth gained from reasoning and analysis.

The third type of truth is different from the first two. This is the way of spiritual knowing. This knowledge is beyond words, description and rationalization There is no need for other investigations.

In fact, one must be careful not to let the fruits of one’s meditations pass into the realm of rationalization.

To avoid doubt and conflicting opinions, followers of Tao keep their revelations and spiritual knowing to themselves.

~ Deng Ming-Dao from 365 Tao

The more we try to analyze a truth, the more doubt and confusion arises in the mind.

The answer lies beyond our experience and our thinking mind.

This sense of knowing requires faith in the ultimate truth and in our ability to let go.

Namaste

Light Bearers

Light bearers

We are light bearers, stewards
of a truth that insists on being
shared despite doubt or fear or
imagined limitation. We spread
the flame by teaching, or by growing
still, by daring to be outrageous
and dancing beneath the full moon,
or by holding a friend in need
and taking part in life’s normal
routines. This is our message –
there is hope encoded in each
cell, each loving thought, each
time we reach out to one another.
There’s truth that won’t be stopped
by toppling buildings, snipers’
bullets, war clouds on the horizon,
or the inner storms of grief, despair
and insecurity. We are the peace we’ve
been seeking, the peace that stretches
beyond the mind’s need for form or
understanding, the peace for which
each human heart longs. Now is
the time for the light bearers to
offer up the truth of who
and what we really are.

~ Danna Faulds

We are the peace that we’ve been seeking.

Never forget this when doubt arises.

For it surely will, along this path of inner and outer transformation.

There is truth that won’t be stopped.

Namaste

 

Inspiration – What Comes and Goes

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Whatever comes, do not push away; whatever goes, do not grieve. Everything appears just like clouds floating by; they just come and go. Stay only as the unmoving awareness. Awareness and Truth are one.*

~Mooji

 

Clouds are a wonderful metaphor for the comings and going of nature and life itself.

Next time you look up, remind yourself that you are the witness to what comes and goes. Don’t get attached to your thinking about things that have happened in the past, or might happen in the future. Stay in the unmoving awareness.

Truth is in our awareness, not our thinking.

 

 

*Mooji. White Fire: Spiritual insights and teachings of advaita zen master Mooji (Kindle Locations 249-251). Mooji Media Publications. Kindle Edition.

No Longer Searching

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Having loved enough and lost enough,
I’m no longer searching
just opening,

no longer trying to make sense of pain
but trying to be a soft and sturdy home
in which real things can land.

These are the irritations that rub into a pearl.*

~ Mark Nepo

 

Beyond searching is opening and acceptance of life and it’s irritations. There is hidden treasure there.

Namaste

 

*Nepo, Mark. The Way Under the Way: The Place of True Meeting (Kindle Locations 1506-1509). Sounds True. Kindle Edition.

The Body’s Truth

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In the final analysis, we can control only ourselves. But we are often dismayed at our inability to master even this. What prevents us?

When we feel out of control, it is usually because there is a conflict between what we think and what we feel. Our feelings may scream one thing while our minds demand something else. But our bodies, which are the storage units for our feelings, simply cannot lie.

Whatever we feel in our bodies is our truth.

~ Judith Lasater

Take time to tune in to your body today. Listen to its message without judging it or medicating away any feeling of discomfort.

Be compassionate as you discover your truth.

Namaste

Haiku – Difficulty

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~
May the truth you seek
Rise out of difficulty
Find your Middle Ground
~

Every experience we have in life is an opportunity to witness. To step back, observe and attend to.

Beneath the discomfort and suffering is something precious that wants to be known.

In times of difficulty, pause and be with whatever comes up. Give it space so you can feel it fully.

As you come to this place full of hard and hurtful edges, let yourself soften.

Open your heart to it, and let compassion melt the negative thinking and resistance.

Find your Middle Ground and the truth and love within.

Namaste

I Have to Laugh

The path to truth is
so wide and universal
that I have to laugh
at my belief that there
could be one way,
one gate, one right
answer, that I could
need to do anything
at all to be complete.

~ Danna Faulds taken from “Limitless”

May these words bring a smile to your day.

Namaste

* Inspiration – Ground of Being

May this Danna Fauld’s poem fill you with strength and inspiration. “We come from stronger stuff than feelings” 💛

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Bonneville Salt Flats

Remember This

Vast and changeless
the ground of being
is not rocked by
ripples on the pond.

The firmament from
which we spring, the
divinity at the heart
of things doesn’t wax
or wane with mind states,
or wither in the wind.

We come from stronger
stuff than feelings.
Essence does not fail
or fade, diminish or
trade reality for illusion.

We are wordless, wide,
and wise beyond time.
Within us is a flame
of truth that never dies.
Let that be the focal
point of life. Let that
be the light that guides
us from the shadows.

~ Danna Faulds

* Tao Inspiration – Truth

simple truth

“Truth is not fancy, and does not need to be.
In fact, decorations only hide it from sight.

You can’t force people to see truth.
Arguing with them will only draw their attention away from it.”

~ Lao Tzo *

Lets keep it simple and true today.

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*Braun Jr., John; Tzu, Lao; von Bargen, Julian; Warkentin, David (2012-12-02). Tao Te Ching (Kindle Locations 1064-1071). . Kindle Edition.

* Perception, Seekers of Truth and Avidya

“We do not see things as they are. We see things as we are.”— Rabbi Shemuel ben Nachmani, as quoted in the Talmudic tractate Berakhot (55b.)
Anaïs Nin also reflected the same idea. Seeing is not believing—believing is seeing. Our perception is shaped by our previous experiences.

What we say, and how we approach something is always through filters of our making.

I started to ponder today about how other’s perceptions of themselves and their relationship to us, informs their message for us.girl sitting on bench

As spiritual seekers, we look to the words of others to show us the truth.

As patients we look to the words of the doctors to show us the truth.

As someone facing challenging times we seek out friends for support and help, and hope that they too will reveal the truth.

In doing so it is easy to become attached to the words of others. We begin to count on them. We grasp at the hope that things will turn out the way we want.

Yet in our heart of hearts we know that the truth doesn’t lie there.
We have become attached to the outcome that we hope for, rather than seeing clearly all of reality.
In yoga this is called avidya – not seeing things as they are. We become attached to how we want things to be.  We mistake the impermanent for the eternal.

flowers in the rain

Today I woke up and saw the messages as a reflection of others’ perceptions and experiences. In seeing this I was able to detach and face a bigger reality.

There must be a letting go of what we are attached to, in order to truly find our middle ground and inner peace.

The ultimate attachment we have is to life as we know it and life itself. Accepting impermanence over life is not an easy thing. We may understand it intellectually, but facing it and living it can be so darn hard.

I find comfort in this version of the Buddha’s Five Remembrances, offered by Thich Nhat Hanh in The Plum Village Chanting Book.

  1. I am of the nature to grow old. There is no way to escape growing old.
  2. I am of the nature to have ill health. There is no way to escape ill health.
  3. I am of the nature to die. There is no way to escape death.
  4. All that is dear to me and everyone I love are of the nature to change. There is no way to escape being separated from them.
  5. My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground upon which I stand.
impermanence

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May you all feel the warm embrace of compassion and understanding for this fear filled path called life.  For those of you facing this ultimate reality, may you find a way to let go and be at peace.

Namaste

 

* Inspiration – Truth

path to truth

“There are three levels of truth:

experience, reasoning, and knowing.

All other assertions should be rejected.”

The first type of truth is from our direct experience.

The second type is truth gained from reasoning and analysis.

The third type of truth is different from the first two. This is the way of spiritual knowing. Meditation gives one perceptions of absolute certainty. This knowledge is beyond words, description and rationalization There is no need for other investigations.

In fact, one must be careful not to let the fruits of one’s meditations pass into the realm of rationalization. To avoid doubt and conflicting opinions, followers of Tao keep their revelations and spiritual knowing to themselves.

Deng Ming-Dao from 365 Tao

Such an interesting perspective that I can understand… The more we try to analyze a truth beyond analysis, the more doubt and confusion arises in the mind.

The answer lies beyond the ego mind.

This sense of knowing requires faith.

Namaste