Archive for October, 2009

After thought #3
October 31, 2009

Finding out Who You Are has nothing to do with knowing your preferences, likes or dislikes in life.

Finding out Who You Are has nothing to do with whether you are a Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim or Jew.

Who You Are has nothing to do with what you know or don’t know, read or don’t read, who or what you worship or don’t worship. 

It has nothing to do with what you eat or don’t eat, or how many years you have been meditating or not.

Knowing your so called purpose, vision or mission in life, has nothing to do with Who You Are, even though they may be very inspiring ideas that bring meaning to your mind and life.

All these ideas are concepts; they come from a mind that wants to think its way home.

Your true “home” is beyond the mind.

It is only when you can go beyond the mind and its limited ideas of Who You Are, that you will begin to recognize your true “home” and “Being”…

Prior to the idea “home”, You Are.

Prior to the idea of “mind” and “Being”, You Are…

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Insight #63 ~ ZEN Shredding…
October 30, 2009

 

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Improve your ride.

While knowledge can often serve as a pillar of strength to specific areas of your life, the regular, consistent experience of inner silence becomes a foundation to nurture all of your life.

Extended commentary:

In snowboarding as in most sports or learned activities in life, it’s often easy to hit a plateau of learning in that given area.  Usually when we hit a plateau we simply adjust or change how we learn by introducing new knowledge, skills or understanding to what we are learning with the hope that a new level of improvement will be realized. 

Breaking through that ceiling sometimes appears as a result of shifting strategies and we gain, achieve or realize a new level of understanding, experience, or skill. It is also possible that we accept conditionally or unconditionally where we are in that learning and for a “list” of reasons, forego any further pursuit.  We stop our learning and therefore stop our progression. 

In my own life I have become acutely aware of a subtle distinction, a cut that has needed to occur in this approach when it applies to the idea of finding out Who We Are.  When it comes to the body, mind, life, and in the case of something specific like snowboarding, there will always be some sort of potential to “improve your ride” by doing things differently.  When it comes to the Self however, no improvement is needed.

To be clear; if you think of yourself as your body or your mind, (which you are not) and you look at your life through the lens of the body/mind, you will always be able to “improve” most everything by nature of the lens (in this case the body/mind) through which you are looking.  There is always the potential for more knowledge, more understanding and more skill at the level of the body/mind and with regards to matters that relate to the body/mind.  The lens of the body/mind will by its nature always see reality as a duality; it will only be able to see “imperfect” or “perfect”, “I know” or “I don’t know”, “I’m good” or “I’m not good” AND, “I could be better” or “never be better”.

Sri Nisargadatta Maharajah once said:

“give up the tendency to improve yourself…”

The cut in this case, lies in the perceptual and cognitive process of the body/mind. The essence of Nisargadattas statement suggests that if we want to find out Who We Are, it will not necessarily occur or be achieved with any conventional approach that might work when speaking about living and doing life, based on an agenda of changing, fixing, transforming, healing, improving, purifying, gaining or achieving.  While this may work conveniently for the body/mind, it has little to no effect when it comes down to knowing Who You Are.  There can be no gaming when it comes to the “realization” of Self.

There are some amazing skills and technologies “out there” to improve the quality of your life and how you experience subjectively you’re every day life.  In the world of spirituality we mistakenly confuse and complicate things by projecting the misunderstanding of this one small fact: you can presumably improve your body and your mind by what you do and don’t do; you can improve to a certain degree, the quality of your life and the level of so-called “successes” you experience or achieve in that life, but the Self that you are, does not need improvement.  It is  always available in its “perfected” state, now.  Nothing needs to be added or subtracted when it comes to the Self which is your true nature.  It is already “pure”, “undivided”, and “complete”, now. 

You can go to school to learn something new or you can take remedial classes to refine a skill you may presently have, but the Self which you are, lies beyond the boundaries of change and the polarity of improvement or failure.  It is timeless and eternal, it is changeless now, and at the heart of your true Being, beyond the awareness of your body/mind, you are also timeless, eternal and changeless now.

All strategies for successful living, however meaningful, important or effective come from the mind and therefore appear to apply to the dimensions of the body/mind and the world that they exist in only.   Strategies for living a successful life often called personal growth, transformation or even so-called spirituality, have nothing to do with finding out Who You Are; which will happen or won’t happen by any effort or merit on your part.

 

Can you be still and quiet in your mind and body? 

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I’m honored to share with you a short video clip by Stephen Wolinsky; a brilliant teacher, guide and direct student of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, with the hope that it may serve you on the “road” of awareness…

 

  

 To learn more about Stephen Wolinsky and his work please visit:

http://www.netinetifilms.com

 

To order a copy of ZEN Shredding please visit:

http://www.trafford.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000161942

OR

Check out “Living The Dream”, the gift book version of the slideshow/movie that is available to view free on You tube or the ZEN Shredding website; an inspiring read with full color photo’s of Whistler/Blackcomb Alpine…

http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/322380

AND

When you get a chance, please visit the home of my latest work:

 Soulananda;

The Essentials of a Good Life…

 http://www.soulananda.com

 

(c) Copyright – Michael Sean Symonds. All Rights Reserved Worldwide.

After thought #2
October 27, 2009

Stillness is the birthplace of all happiness ~ the womb of all creation; but then again, it’s also the same birthplace of all un-happiness.  It’s the same birthplace of “the high” and “the low”, “the good” and “the bad”, “the right” and “the wrong”, “the trust” and “the un-trust”, “the pure” and “the impure”, “the holy” and “the un-holy”. 

The “anger”, the “confusion”, and the “fear” are just as sacred as the “joy”, the “clarity” and the “courage”. 

How do you reconcile these differences?

Do we need to reconcile these differences?

No “You” can ever reconcile these differences; it’s only a “you” that will see these polarities as part of a conventional way of thinking, being, having and doing.

If you’re “standing” in silence, no reconciliation is needed; the reconcilers, reconciling and reconcilable are one. 

In fact, there is no reconciled, there is no un-reconciled.

In fact there is no One…

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After thought #1 ~ ZEN Shredding…
October 24, 2009

 

If “I” am really honest with “myself”, what needs to be said, or in fact can be said about THAT something which appears to be nothing that is by “its” nature, not conceivable or perceivable?

At the end of the day, it’s just entertainment for the mind…

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Insight #62 ~ ZEN Shredding…
October 20, 2009

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Be clear about what you need.  

 

We have been conditioned to believe in the sanctity of taking care of the needs of others first.  Learning to practice Self-care first eliminates becoming ungrounded and scattered.  When you can take care of your own needs, you will be ready to take care of the needs of others at a level of unmatched success and mastery.

 Extended commentary:

 

 

A New Way of Being

 

How delicate the gossamer thread of self love.

Most,

love ourselves and others according to the way we were loved.

 

What did we unconsciously learn in that loving or unloving way of being?

What was said, practiced, done, or experienced in that primordial dance of the past that we presently entertain in all our doings?

 

Was it kind, unconditional, patient and steady?

Was it spacious, timely, steadfast and warm?

 

In those moments;

in those pivotal moments,

between the sweet and the salty,

were our minds and hearts nourished and informed by seeded words and actions of tender compassion, patience and Presence?

 

Or,

 

were we determined in other ways by voices inside and out,

of dissonance, discord and determination?

 

 

Now is a new moment in time,

a time for old ways of being to depart.

 

Now is a time for unlearning.

 

Now is a time for recognition, reconciliation and realization.

 

Now,

is a time for a new way of Being.

 

 

Will it be warm and vulnerable?

 

Will it be courageous and consistent?

 

Will it adore, appreciate, comfort and embrace?

 

Will the thread of its weave value and protect,

cherish and sustain Self and all “others”?

 

Will it be forgiving?

 

Will it be the impulse and expression of a new beginning;

 

a new way of Being?

 

How can you take care of yourself in better ways?

 

To order a copy of ZEN Shredding please visit:

http://www.trafford.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000161942

OR

Check out “Living The Dream”, the gift book version of the slideshow/movie that is available to view free on You tube or the ZEN Shredding website; an inspiring read with full color photo’s of Whistler/Blackcomb Alpine…

http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/322380

AND

When you get a chance, please visit the home of my latest work:

 Soulananda;

The Essentials of a Good Life…

 http://www.soulananda.com

 

(c) Copyright – Michael Sean Symonds. All Rights Reserved Worldwide.

 

Insight #61 ~ ZEN Shredding…
October 14, 2009

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Avoid losing yourself in the noise of your life. 

 

The experience of clarity can be cultivated by the reduction and elimination of drama in your life. Learning to navigate life with effortless ease is a learned skill.  When your story becomes overwhelming, when the noise of your life experience overshadows the connection of clarity to your inner wisdom, you can quickly lose yourself in the detail and noise of life.

Extended commentary:

I don’t think I need to define or explain the infinite ways in which we often lose ourselves in the “noise” of life; the many forms and shapes of its experience.  Simply said, it’s anything that distracts you from Who You Are.  It could take the form of major drama, or be a simple memory that sits in the recesses of the mind obsessively haunting and triggering you into immense suffering.

When I was first exposed to this insight, it radically changed the way I perceived my life.  I’d had had my fill of “noise”, and understood immediately the context of the insight.  I also recognized the perceived challenge of “not losing oneself”; because most of my life had been spent in the yearning and pursuit of THAT seemingly illusive Self whilst in the noise.

Interestingly enough the noise of life does not necessarily have to be a “bad” or so called “negative” experience.  Any experience can potentially become a trap or distraction, even the so-called “good” experiences.  You can’t get out of a trap if you don’t know you’re in a trap.  You can’t get out of a trap if you are acting out or believing the experience IS a trap.  In the absence of judgment however, all experience can serve as a tool to re-align our attention and perception in how we see ourselves, others and the experiences we have and that occur in the world.

While we may be a little clearer about what the “noise” may look and feel like in life; what does it look and feel like to lose your Self?  We must set a president here, by understanding that while it may look and feel like “I” or “you”, or any “other” may have lost myself, your Self or their Self; the Self can never really be lost.  To paraphrase an ancient Vedic expression:

 

“Water cannot wet it, fire cannot burn it, iron cannot cleave it…

It’s ancient, it’s unborn, it never dies…”

 

It is only at the level of the body, mind and emotions that we imagine and interpret that we have lost touch with the Self; it is in the thinking, feeling and external dimensions that we imagine we are in separation.  Since EVERYTHING can become, or is a potential “noise”, it is only in our distraction too noise, where our attention gets caught up in “noise”, that we then seemingly “lose touch” with our essential nature. 

Re-stated; when the focus our attention is allowed to get caught up only in the foreground of life amongst the thinking, the having, the being and the doing, there is a good chance that we will eventually become overwhelmed by it.  We lose touch and awareness of the background of our Being and the brilliance of its light.  In favoring the foreground of life only; in the favoring of the thinking, the being, the having and the doing over Being, we appear to temporarily lose touch with our essential core.

To be very clear; we can never truly lose our Self.  Our life can be filled with a myriad of experiences; the greatest suffering and tragedy possible, and the Self will always remain the One eternal Self that most of us spend our lives seeking.  Because our attention is on the noise and foreground of life; in error, we identify with the noise and foreground, as being self, and the background of our true Self, goes unnoticed.

What’s needed and what’s desired by so many is a greater level of appreciation and awareness of that background presence.  What’s needed and what’s desired by so many is that the background of Being shifts to become the foreground if reality; to permanently overshadow the thinking, the being, the having and the doing; where we no longer feel a perceived loss too our essential nature: the peace, the potential, and the stillness from which it all arises and eventually subsides…

 

In what areas of your life is there too much noise?

 

 To order a copy of ZEN Shredding please visit:

http://www.trafford.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000161942

OR

Check out “Living The Dream”, the gift book version of the slideshow/movie that is available to view free on You tube or the ZEN Shredding website; an inspiring read with full color photo’s of Whistler/Blackcomb Alpine…

http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/322380

AND

When you get a chance, please visit the home of my latest work:

 Soulananda;

The Essentials of a Good Life…

 http://www.soulananda.com

 

(c) Copyright – Michael Sean Symonds. All Rights Reserved Worldwide. 

Insight #60 ~ ZEN Shredding…
October 7, 2009

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Find balance. 

 

All areas of your life need a certain amount of attention.  Balance allows you to navigate the diversity of life’s challenges with greater ease.  To find balance you need to define for yourself what balance is and then cultivate its value within your life.

Extended commentary:

If you are looking to the outside world for balance, there will always appear to be something in need of balance; you will never find it.  When it comes to the Self, there is no need of balance; the Self is the Self always; at all times, and under all circumstances.  “You” are the Self, even though you may not be aware of it.  You are the Self always, at all times and under all circumstances.

There’s really on one way of looking at the concept of balance; it occurs out there in the world of form and phenomena.  When it comes to living ones life “out there”, you can always find something that may be in need of balance, or not.

You might notice that you will continue to be “in” or “out” of balance as long as you continue to compare your self to something out there.  If there is no comparison, there can be no “in” or “out” of balance.  As long there is judgment: this is good, this is bad; evaluation: this means this, this means that; or significance: this is more important than this; balance or not balance,  will be a concept that dominates the mind; placed on the moment and who you imagine yourself to be.

What is being compared?

 Why is there comparing?

 Who is the comparer?

At a thinking level you might imagine that you are imbalanced or not, if you think you are your thoughts; but that is still a judgment.  At the level of feeling, you might feel you are imbalanced or not, if you think you are your feelings; but that is only an evaluation.  When you compare yourself  to others or the rest of the world, it might appear as though you are imbalanced, or not, if you think that you are just your body; it is still a limitation of significance. 

Where attention is only on the foreground of life, there will always be need of balance or not.  Where identification is place on the objects that exist in the foreground, there will always be need of balance or not.

Where there is both attention and identification of the subject to the objects that exist in foreground of life, there will always be a comparison and thus, a need of balance or not.

While balance may be appear to be an important strategy to cultivate with regards to being out there in the world of form and phenomena, it has nothing to do with being aware of Who You Are; it has nothing to do with finding out Who You Are.

Prior to thinking you are; there is no balanced or not balanced.  Prior to feeling you are, there is no balanced or not balanced. Prior to being, you are; there is no balanced or not balanced.  Prior to having or not having, you are; there is no balanced or not balanced.

With awareness there is no need of judgment, evaluation or significance, with awareness there is no need of comparison.  With awareness there is no need of balance, in regards to Being Who You Are. 

With awareness you can Be Who You Are.

Who Are You prior to balance or not balance?

 

 What can you do to enhance the balance you

experience in your life?

 

 To order a copy of ZEN Shredding please visit:

http://www.trafford.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000161942

OR

Check out “Living The Dream”, the gift book version of the slideshow/movie that is available to view free on You tube or the ZEN Shredding website; an inspiring read with full color photo’s of Whistler/Blackcomb Alpine…

http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/322380

AND

When you get a chance, please visit the home of my latest work:

 Soulananda;

The Essentials of a Good Life…

  

http://www.soulananda.com

 

(c) Copyright – Michael Sean Symonds. All Rights Reserved Worldwide.

 

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