The Great suffering of the lone “I”

Breath and be still

Sit silent in observation

We are not seperate from the process we call life, but are the process

As each drop of water becomes the “ocean” there is no seperation but a whole

It is each drop that creates the movement, life and ebb and flow which we label “Ocean”

All one unto, into and through and through.

Allness, Universe, Oneness, Nothingness, Allah, God, It

It matters not what your mind tries to name it ~ you will never truly separate “IT”

but only seperate yourself into suffering thus becoming the lone “I”

The “I” which you believe yourself to be can profess to the Universe you are different

And try to convince others who suffer from this same affliction to follow

But you will never truly be that separation which your mind suffers deeply and desires

It is when the observer within you is able to see this truth you will feel contentment

And although the process of life will still seek balance through yin and yang, war and peace you will observe the truth

knowing that you as the lone “I”  will never intimately know the great body of the vast eternity but only as IT!

 

The Silent Observer

I have spent a lot of time as of  late, silently observing myself free of judgement or expectations and let me tell you it has been a very interesting and enlightening experience.  I began practicing yoga and meditation over 17 years ago and during that time have spent many hours during the day practicing breathing exercises in order to perfect my body mind connection. I have spent years controlling my breathing so that I could control my mind and nature and achieve ahimsa or Nirvana.  At first it was maybe a few breathing exercises here and there, or I would apply it to my yoga and walking meditations strictly.

With this practice sometimes on and other times off I had found that over the years I was becoming even angrier with each passing moment and that all the pranayama and yoga I did I was coming no closer to nirvana or ahimsa and I certainly was not perfecting anything except more anger!

It was upon the soft non judgemental focus of my breathing that I become the silent observer, able to experience the process of my life unconditionally and mindfully. As I let go of expectations and just observed my nature and behavior,  lo and behold I discovered a place where I could sit and not be affected by my emotional mind/body. I soon discovered that if I connected to my breathing without changing or controlling it, but instead just following it as it was: (Shallow, short, irregular, etc…) and simply recognizing it: (“Breathing in, Breathing out”…or…”Breathing in I am breathing rapidly, Breathing out I am breathing shallow”….or…”Breathing in  I count 1, Breathing out…Breathing in I count 2, breathing out”…and so on through a 5 count) I was fully present without prejudice or judgement and  I felt a warm sense of happiness over take me even when things were indifferent.

Instead of expecting that I will or will not I just sit silently observing the experience, the emotion and the action with no holding myself to an outcome, because honestly  human nature has a very awkward sinister side which we must recognize and accept before we are able to release it fully and move on. What I find the most freeing as a silent observer is I that I am not JUST that emotional mind/body  experience, but this wonderful balance of yin and yang. The “I” which I beleived before to be me is only human nature which has no permanence and so I can hold onto nothing, not good or bad!

I guess what I wish to say to those who are looking for the answers to divine perfection is, Stop trying to change yourself, stop trying to create a static being based on a fictional character that can not humanly exist until you have first accepted your impermanent nature and your faults. Start by acknowledging your true self with all its weakness and just name it with a mindful awareness that is in sync with your breathing. “Breathing in I am speaking too much, Breathing out I am aware that I am talking too much” So what if you are! Just bringing your awareness to the fact will create room in your heart and mind for loving kindness to grow, not only for yourself, but all sentient beings as they too are just being human!

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11. Those who mistake the unessential to be essential
and the essential to be unessential,
dwelling in wrong thoughts,
never arrive at the essential.

~Dhammapada (1. Pairs)

http://www.thebigview.com/buddhism/dhammapada-01.html

Manna for the Mind

Meaning of Namaste

I love the article by Aadil Palkhivala the Meaning of Namaste. This article is beautifully written and paints a peaceful picture of the ritual. I love to use the word as my salutation to all because I want to always see the spark within each being.  I find myself putting my hands together at heart center often and bowing my head in many different situations, and with all kinds of sentient beings.  Each time I perform this lovely movement I am overwhelmed by the softness that the energy and silence brings.

Please check this article out today and I think you may see the kindness and peace that it brings just by hearing the word.

Namaste' hand mudra

So to you I place my hands together in prayer at my third eye and down to my heart center, closing my eyes and bowing my head I fully release myself to the inner light within bothof us, inhale….Exhale….Namaste’

Andrea