Monday, December 29, 2014

Friday, December 26, 2014

"IT"

It occupies the mind when the mind observes what occupies the mind. Yet there is no separate "mind" observing a separate "mind." There is nothing to occupy and nowhere to be occupied.

(that said, there is no "it" to get.)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Get Out of The Way

There's nobody in there to get in the way. All that exists is a mind embedded in the Present Moment. There is only an open channel of observation, as long as we don't get in the way by pretending to exist.

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Mind Unlanguaged

There are no subjects, verbs, and objects. There are no separate things at all, but we have been so inundated by language, since our infancy, that it is quite possible that it is impossible to un-divide the unity of the universe that has been artificially divided in our minds by language.

You are not supposed to "grasp reality." You must let go of grasping even the concept of "reality."

Reality itself is a concept. It is simply a combination of words. There is no separate reality to grasp. The grasping is the problem. The concept of there being a problem is a problem. "Problem" is just another construct of the "languaged" mind.

Monday, November 24, 2014

inner monolog

When we meditate, we observe thoughts and label them as just that: thoughts. Nothing more. Nothing to worry about. Consider these thoughts. Turn them over and examine them. Are they worth anything?

The inner monolog can either drive us to distraction, or we can manage the inner monolog, keep it in perspective, and with Awareness, keep it from distracting us from the Present Moment. The illusion of "Self" is created by that inner monolog. The inner monolog is what makes the "Self" seem like a real thing. "Self" is an imaginary construct that has no bearing on reality. There's nobody in there.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Brain and Circumstance

Brain and Circumstance is the same thing. The imagined "you" in there won't go away. Just see it for what it is, Gentle Reader. An illusion. There's no "you" in there separate from brain. Brain has certain parameters. It is just an extremely complicated object. The unique life situation of the brain reading these words is pretty important. It seems important because it is important. Once this particular brain is gone, it's over. How much will this brain see? How much will it observe? Will it realize its connection with the Great Circumstance? Will it stop imagining it is separate from the Present Moment? Practice every day. Practice. Don't ever stop. Meditate every single day.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

You Aren't Going to Get Ebola

You aren't going to get Ebola. Terrorists aren't going to cut off your head. You won't be shot by a random gunman at the mall/theater/church/school. What annoys you is a symptom of a bigger problem. 9/11 wasn't an inside job. That new gadget won't fix it. (There's nothing to fix.) The government isn't going to take your guns. Gun owners aren't taking over the world. Your party won't fix anything. The government isn't watching you; you aren't that interesting. Cops can't help it. Criminals can't help it. You (probably) won't end up homeless, but if you do, you'll figure something out. Stop watching the news. You aren't crazy. You're doing the best you can. God isn't threatened by science. Be kinder than you have to be. Creationists won't destroy science. Legalized gay marriage won't turn you gay. Yes, stupidity is everywhere, but not everyone is stupid on the same frequency. Things aren't unraveling, they're changing, just like always. The slope isn't that slippery. Stop taking selfies. People are not getting dumber. Most Christians don't care if you're gay. Most atheists don't care if you're Christian. Christmas isn't under attack. Your ________ is less interesting than you think. Booze isn't going to fix it. Stop trying to fix it. Rich people can't help it. Poor people can't help it. You don't need a new _____ unless the one you have is broken. You don't need a new _____.  Nativity scenes don't lead to a theocracy. The world economy will keep tottering along. You annoy somebody. You look fine. Your clothes are fine. Your car is fine. Your booze is fine. Your phone is fine. It's good enough. You don't need pills from the TV. The Internet isn't harming your kids. Everything is going to work itself out. Relax.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Life is Suffering. For everybody.

You are not better, worse, or equal to anything else. All comparison is illusion.

Fear stems from the unknown. While it is impossible to know everyone as well as we know our friends, with practice, we can eventually see that all those each stranger is dealing his or her own set of unique bullshit problems that seem (to them) like the most important issues in the world. Life is Suffering. For everybody.

Friday, September 5, 2014

program your own mind

Every facet, every department of your mind, is to be programmed by you. And unless you assume your rightful responsibility, and begin to program your own mind, the world will program it for you.
—Jack Kornfield, "The roots of Buddhist psychology"

Thursday, July 31, 2014

That Bus Might go to Crazy Town.

Yammering Mind is like a bus. You can either absently find yourself on the bus, letting it carry you away (to Wherever It Goes) or you can observe it and see where it is going.  Without Awareness, the thoughts carry you away, and they seem real.  With Awareness, you see thoughts as if from the outside, and those thoughts are seen as just more phenomena to be observed.

A Brain Thinks

A brain thinks. It thinks all sorts of nonsense. The brain that thinks it is "me" thinks some incredibly stupid stuff every day. I suspect other brains do the same thing. Take that bullshit seriously, and you get worry, ill will, restlessness and all kinds of other hindrances that keep a brain from chilling out. (See The Five Hindrances)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Inner Monolog: Don't Let it Distract

The inner monolog can either drive us to distraction, or we can manage the inner monolog, keep it in perspective, and with Awareness, keep it from distracting us from the Present Moment. The illusion of "Self" is created by that inner monolog. The inner monolog is what makes the "Self" seem like a real thing. "Self" is an imaginary construct that has no bearing on reality. There's nobody in there.

When we meditate, we observe thoughts and label them as just that: thoughts. Nothing more. Nothing to worry about. Consider these thoughts. Turn them over and examine them. Are they worth anything?

Sunday, June 15, 2014

You and they are just brains.

Everything is acted on by everything else, completely interlocked and interdependent. Every behavior is dependent on Circumstance. Pick up an object and let it go, it falls to the earth. That is its behavior. Wind a clock, and it ticks and turns the hands on its face. That is its behavior. Brains have specific behaviors, and specific brains have unique behaviors. The brain that thinks it is "you", the thing that thinks there's a "you" in there, separate from itself, has a specific behavior. It is simply a reaction to circumstance, just like everything else.

 Cut yourself some slack. You can only do exactly what you do. Cut other people some slack. They can only behave how the brain behaves. You and they are just brains.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Bucket Head

Fill your mind with yesterdays,
And you're gonna miss today.
Fill it with tomorrows,
And you're gonna miss today.

Today's the only day that counts,
Like it did yesterday.
Today's the only day that counts,
Just like it will tomorrow.

Empty out that bucket head,
That's filled with so much stuff,
That's piled up since you were a kid,
Isn't it full enough?

Empty out that bucket head,
Fill it with today.
Empty it of yesterdays,
Empty of tomorrows,

Empty it of bank accounts
And nerve-wrack yester-sorrows,
Empty it of failing states and
Beg buy steal and borrows.

Empty it of Holy Ghosts
And patriotic slogans,
And left-right-red-blue stupid shit
And television dumb-shows.

Your entire lifespan,
However long it's been,
Has led up to this very day
Don't miss it yet again.

So empty out that head of yours
That's filled with so much shit,
Look around and take a breath
And realize: this is it.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Thinking is Useful, but Not All The Time.

Thinking, of course, is useful. Contemplation is useful. Education, study, planning, compassionate regard, calculation, mathematics, design, creativity, the study of various disciplines, work-related thinking, all that is useful and wonderful.

But thinking in regards to grasping, rejecting, and worry is not useful thinking. A lot of our day is missed because we run useless dialogs instead of experiencing our lives in real time.

When we are thinking about what we would be doing if we weren't doing the thing we are doing right now, we are not aware.

When we are thinking about what happened before, instead of observing what is happening now, we are not aware.

When we are thinking about what we are doing, in regards to how it benefits us, wanting results, it is not Zen.

When we are thinking we are not observing.

Zen happens during quiet observation, quiet voice, and mind. The dialog gets in the way. Practice silent observation, and be aware of the useless dialog, and cut it off once more.

Meditate every day.

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