Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Calm is a lack of seeking calm.

{book excerpt from Zen For Brains}

Wanting to be "more calm" is the reason one is not calm. Calm is a lack of seeking calm.  Calm is a lack of craving results and a lack of rejecting reality. Calm is acceptance.

Trying to "obtain" calmness, "Zen," quietness, satisfaction, contentment, mental continuity, stillness, stableness, or balance makes those things impossible to "obtain." Those things are side effects of lack of craving those things. Those things are side effects of lack of craving anything else.  Absence. Emptiness.

Remember: we aren't trying to obtain anything, and we aren't trying to avoid anything.

Wanting any result other than the Present Moment = Craving. Aversion means rejecting things as they are. Aversion is really an imprecise word that describes craving a result different from Circumstance.

The brain imagining a separate "you," creates duality. There is no separate anything.


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