Archive for February, 2009

ZEN Shredding ~ Insight #35
February 24, 2009

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Look out for death cookies. 

 

 

 

It’s unreasonable to think that bad things don’t happen to good people.  Life will constantly throw curve balls that sometimes bring you to a dead stop.  You can never be prepared for these moments, but you can alleviate them with practiced recovery and self care, recalibrating yourself to an appropriate level of balance.

 

 

Extended commentary:

 

One thing I have learned while “on the path” is the importance, value and magic of surrounding yourself with people who truly care about you.  I have met and befriended many people over my lifetime, and of course like most, have an extended circle of “friends” and acquaintances that ebb and flow through the story of my life.

 

I am very grateful to say that I also have had the good fortune to have had a few very close friends, at various points in and over my life (that can be “count on one hand”) who I have felt an understanding and rapport with on the deepest of levels.  Without exception, it has been a select few women who have been the greatest and most formative of all role models in my life, providing the unconditional love, understanding and acceptance that I have sought and hungered for all my life.

 

What is interesting to me is that my “closest few”, are not necessarily in my life 24-7.  It is a rarity that they even live in the same town; and yet, in spite of distance and even the regularity of time spent, I can have conversations and sharing’s with those friends that fill me up for months at a time.

 

I once heard a definition of “intimacy” as IN-TO-ME-SEE.  Much of my early life was the experience of an unfulfilled quest in the finding of deeper levels of intimacy within my relationships to others. As I began the journey within, something shifted; as I became more intimate in the knowing of my own Self, and all the self appeared to be, I began to “bump into” others who also began to mirror to me the deeper levels of intimacy, commitment, and ownership they had, in the knowing of their own Self.

 

It is a rarity to bump into, and then develop a friendship with someone who can be present with you emotionally ~ just as you are.  To have at least one person in your life who has the capacity to witness your life, is truly, a gift.  When and if it happens, when someone simply shows up and is willing to risk hearing and honoring you in the details of your story as equally in your joy, and as much, in your “pain”; you will finally feel seen and heard, perhaps for the first time, and it is through that honoring that you then feel witnessed.  In the innocence of this witnessing, there is a total acceptance of “you” and “your experience” as, and in spite of what is within that experience.

 

In these moments when and where you are truly accepted and valued for your Beingness only, the space for something much greater occurs;  in these very special moments, and in these very special relationships, the space is created for both love to be found and for love to unfold; and for this we can feel truly blessed…   

 

     

 

Do you have a reliable support system of people and practices that nurture you to the depths of your Soul?

 

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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ZEN Shredding ~ Insight #34
February 17, 2009

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There are no mistakes. 

 

 

While it is tempting to evaluate our lives from someone else’s view of how it ‘should’ be, freedom lies in the realization that all your experiences can eventually inform and contribute to your current perspective on reality.  Reality prevails prior to all assessments, judgments and perceptions that you or others may have about life.  With acceptance there is no need to forgive.  While your experience may be filled with many little deaths, all roads lead to the unified whole.

 

 

Extended commentary:

 

One could spend an entire life living in the “what if”.  Frequently the “I” will spend much of its time focusing on an ongoing performance evaluation of self engendered thoughts, feelings and doings.  Within these ever changing, never spoken, parameters of expectation, one can never win; the “I” will only lose.

 

One can be disappointed with life, one can learn from the experiences had in life; with rare exception, making an assumption that one has made a mistake in ones choices, decisions or actions can only lead to further suffering and limitation, further noise and distraction from an understanding of Self.

 

Only the “I” consciousness assumes control over the day to day comings and goings of the personality.   To assume one is the “I”, and that the “I” has an ability to change, affect, control, fix, impact, understand, intend, edit, heal or transform conventional reality, is the ultimate expression of denial.

 

Our identification to the ups and downs and the ins and outs within the circumstance and situations that occur in the life of the “I”, leads us to the false assumption that in every moment there is a right and wrong choice to be made.  In every moment there appears to be infinite choices; when our awareness is focused “out there”, we further complicate our perceived role as an imagined decision maker. 

 

In the stillness of a quiet mind and body, when we our awakened and anchored to a deeper awareness, there is the realization that “the perfect choice” already exists prior to the arising of the “I” in the circumstance or situation, as it occurs in the world of form and phenomena.  What is to happen happens, before the arising of the self or “I”. 

 

In the stillness and purity of this awareness, there is realization that a choice is already made, that a choice can and will occur spontaneously within the expression of the moment, that has already occurred.  It is only the “I” that assumes ownership over something it never had dominion over, after the circumstance or situation has arisen. 

 

Reality happens spontaneously, interdependent of the “I”, and then the “I” shows up, swimming in its illusion of doership and independent self existence.

 

What mistakes do you assume you have made?

 

   

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love is many things…
February 14, 2009

 

 

 Love is many things…

 

Its the chance to be heard, seen and accepted for the very first time,

 

 

It’s the feeling of giving deeply of your Self;

 

and in that giving,

 

be received ten-fold.

 

 

It lies in the freedom, safety and vulnerability of friendship,

 

it thrives in the touch or glance;

 

in the tone of one’s voice to another.

 

 

 

It can be found in the rhythm of a few, heart filled words…

 

 

 

 

Happy Valentines day!

ZEN Shredding ~ Insight #33
February 10, 2009

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Ask for what you need. 

 

Too often we expect that life will automatically provide what we need to be happy and fulfilled. Most people cannot read your mind, so learn to be comfortable asking for what you want.

 

 

Extended commentary:

 

A first nation’s friend once told me that in his culture there is a saying:

 

The mind wants, the body needs, the Spirit desires.

 

As a strategy, I believe this very powerful statement reflects the levels of complexity the personalities or “I” has in its quest for happiness.  As a strategy and stepping stone on the pathway to greater levels of freedom, I think it’s very healthy to get in touch with, and become aware of our needs; all needs in fact.  I also believe that while it is important to become aware of the diversity of ones needs, it is not necessary for us to fulfill all those needs.

 

In the journey of finding out Who We Are and the fulfillment of our needs, there comes a time of realization where it is not the need itself that is important, but the realization that at an essential level, our greatest value comes not from supply, but in the relationship we develop to our authentic Self; we shift our attention and enquiry from the perceived person that has a need, to the One who is asking; the One who is needing; the One who is seeking.

 

We live in a time where the fulfillment of needs in most cases, is relative to some external source or substance i.e. money, someone, some thing; this dependency has a tendency to usurp our inner power and knowing, that it is “we ourselves” who are the source and substance of our most essential needs.  While it is certainly nice to have the bells and whistles; the trinkets to adorn our life with, it is the permanent stabilization and identification to Who We Are that will provide us with the greatest satisfaction and peace in life, regardless of the circumstances or situations that may be occurring in.

 

The needs of someone who is pursuing the journey of awakening will be very different than those of an individual who has not awakened to the presence of their own inner master.  While neither need is higher or lower, better or worse, virtuous or not so virtuous; the One who understands that their most essential need: knowing Self is already fulfilled, creates the space to be in the world and not of it, and in this detachment; not being dependent on the world; there lies a nectar of true freedom and ultimate happiness.

 

What do you need most, right now?

 

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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