time to relax

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All the news that we take in over one single day in these times….

It must be digested and then released.

I find that mindful breathing is still the best way to be with my deeper being.

It is such a delicious sensation to feel the breath

when it flows in a relaxed way on its own.

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silence, my friend!

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Silence, my friend!

I feel you once again

Surrounding me and enveloping me

like a warm, protecting cloak.

Your radiance permeates my world.

With each breath you flow into me.

Every cell of my body opens to drink its fill of you.

My eyes feel you flowing out to every object

as you coat them like honey.

Every sound is you taking shape

in fine vibrations touching my ear.

I decipher each noise as your sweet voice

talking to my heart of your noiseless presence.

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all-consuming energy – Krishnamurti

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“Observe without any movement of thought, observe without time, without past knowledge…”

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I offer this contemplation at the start of the NEW YEAR 2016:

“That which is immeasurable cannot be measured by words. We are always trying to put the immeasurable into a frame of words, and the symbol is not the actual. But we worship the symbol; therefore we always live in a limited state. So with the clouds hanging on the tree tops and all the birds quiet, waiting for the thunderstorm, this is a good morning to be serious, to question the whole of existence, to question the very gods and all human activity. Our lives are so short and during that short period there is nothing to learn about the whole field of the psyche, which is the movement of memory; we can only observe it. Continue reading

world of words – Nisargadatta

“Awareness is primordial; it is the original state, beginning-less, endless, un-caused, un-supported, without parts, without change. Consciousness is on contact, a reflection against a surface, a state of duality. There can be no consciousness without awareness, but there can be awareness without consciousness, as in deep sleep. Awareness is absolute, consciousness is relative to its content; consciousness is always of something.” —Nisargadatta Maharaj ..*:

Be careful. The moment you start talking you create a verbal universe, a universe of words, ideas, concepts and abstractions, interwoven and interdependent, most wonderfully generating, supporting and explaining each other and yet all without essence or substance, mere creations of the mind. Words create words, reality is silent.

Nisargadatta, I Am That, Chapter 87

My Questions:
Can we accept this as true? What does it mean to look at our ‘world’ as a creation of the mind? Is what we call our ‘mind’ much more than we have heretofore assumed it to be? Beyond the mind, is there a reality that is something the mind can never comprehend or try to grasp?

Food for thought.

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my mind-pearl

Han Shan, The Hermit of Cold Mountain

The deeper the better is the cave!

No body walks on this narrow wave.

White clouds rest on the highest hill,

Green cliff hides the monkeys who trill,

No relative other than these,

I do like live here at my will!

Let my face and seasons change,

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sublimate the mind in the Self – Ramana

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“Sublimate the mind in the Self”

Ramana Maharshi

What does this mean? It means the mind is the great impostor. A whole world, nee, a whole cosmos is conjured up and we are made to believe it is really happening, but in Reality nothing is happening. Very hard to believe that everything we see, touch, taste, smell and think is all just the mysterious effect of sound vibration taking on certain patterns and then these patterns (forms) looking at themselves and interacting with each other as though they were more than patterns of sound vibration. Is it possible to get to the root of this “manifestation”? Continue reading