Ajhan Chah (via buddhistwitchery)
Do not try to become anything.
Do not make yourself into anything.
Do not be a meditator.
Do not become enlightened.
When you sit, let it be.
What you walk, let it be.
Grasp at nothing.
If you haven’t wept deeply, you haven’t begun to meditate.
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.John F. Kennedy (via shaktilover)
The older I get, the more Buddhist I become
Ski season is here!
An old painting I did a few years back when I first discovered my love of making art.
“I’m simply saying that there is a way to be sane. I’m saying that you can
get rid of all this insanity created by the past in you. Just by being a simple
witness of your thought processes.
It is simply sitting silently, witnessing the thoughts passing before you.
Just witnessing, not interfering, not even judging, because the moment you
judge you have lost the pure witness. The moment you say “this is good, this
is bad,” you have already jumped onto the thought process.
It takes a little time to create a gap between the witness and the mind. Once
the gap is there, you are in for a great surprise, that you are not the mind, that you are the witness, a watcher.
And this process of watching is the very alchemy of real religion. Because as
you become more and more deeply rooted in witnessing, thoughts start
disappearing. You are, but the mind is utterly empty.
That’s the moment of enlightenment. That is the moment that you become for the first time an unconditioned, sane, really free human being.”
Two things that totally blow my mind:
1. How incredibly resilient we are as human beings.
2. How much that resiliency is dependent on our choosing to be strong and take responsibility for our lives.
I have so much more to say about this, but right now all I want to do is give thanks for my life. And sunshine. And warm rocks. And trees. And good music. And yoga.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.