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Insight #82 ~ ZEN Shredding…
November 22, 2010



Pay attention to the story of your own life.


It’s easy to get caught up in the vision and dreams of others, the movers, the shakers, the high rollers, but what about your own visions and dreams? Your future; the intentions and desires, the dreams and visions you have for your life, are a unique mix of the known and the unknown.  The known is the story of your life; the unknown is a field of infinite possibilities determined only by the quality and direction of your attention.


Extended commentary:

There are no pat formulas that determine a successful life.  As much as we seek, grow and stumble through life experience, life’s inherent nature will always provide us with a diversity of experience that lies outside the fields of our own desire and preference; desires and preferences that often overshadow what is.

To often we become hypnotized by the story of another; the wish for a life to constantly move in upward spirals of being more, doing more, and having more.  Our expectations are often thwarted as the pendulum of life experience swings naturally between periods of expansion and contraction.

Navigating the expansion and contraction of life with ease will often be determined by the degree of attention to we give to the story of that life experience.  The story of our life is what’s happening or not happening in our life; better said, the story is the perception of what’s happening or not happening in our life.

When we compare, assess and evaluate our story we invite ourselves into the deep end of the story; we invite turmoil, conflict and provocation that arises from a perception that is skued for it to be other than what it is.  Resilience to the juxtaposition of life experiences comes not from the skill of navigation, but acceptance; acceptance of what is.

When our attention is placed solely on the story of what may or may not be working in our life, we lose touch with the part of ourselves that is simply aware but detached to the fleeting details that arise and subside within the pages of that story.

Yes, it is important for you to pay attention to the details of [your] own story without comparing, assessing, or evaluating it to another, but greater yet, it is important to give your fullest attention to the one who is aware of that story; the one who watches that story unfold in each and every moment.  The one who is beyond that story…    



Whose dreams or visions are you following?


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After Thought #41
November 11, 2010



Remembering [YOU] 


Life appears to happen as a series of beginnings, middles and endings.  There appears to be no consistency and no guarantee within these experiences even though [others] might say otherwise. 


The only consistency [we] can ever find in the ebb and flow of life is in fact [YOU]; the one who is having those experiences.  To explain; in the beginning there was no [you], there was only [YOU]; there was just awareness.  Then the imaginary [you] arrived ~ the [you] that [you] imagine [yourself] to be.  In awareness, the [you] that [you] imagine [yourself] to be began to take on a story; a story called [me]. 



The real [YOU] is not the [me], it’s not a story or any thoughts, feelings, emotions, perceptions, associations, memories or experiences contained within that story. The real [YOU] is the experiencer or the awareness.  Better said, the awareness or the experiencer is the “closest” [you] will ever get to [YOU]. 


The awareness; the one who is having the experience; the one who is observing the experience; is the doorway or portal to [your] true Self.  It’s not the [you] or self [you] imagine [yourself] to be, i.e. the story of [me].  Nor is it the [you] that [you] have been told is [you], it’s just the awareness; it’s just the pure awareness; no more ~ no less. 


This is the real [YOU], the [YOU] of pure awareness prior to the labels, judgments, and fears; prior to the story that has been imagined by [you].  It’s the real [YOU] prior to the thought or feeling of joy; prior to the adventure or pleasure that occurs or does not occur within this experience called life. 


[YOU] are not the [you] of [your] past or future, but the [YOU] that lies in this present moment now.  [YOU] are the One who is aware of this now.  It’s the [YOU] that lies in the background of life as awareness only.  It’s the presence or feeling of existence that has always been there in every moment of life, in the “good” and the “bad”, in the “happy” and the “sad”, in the ugly and the pretty.


Once [we] appear to be [born] or very shortly there-after, [we] begin to imagine that there is a [me]; a real [me] that lies outside or separate from the One Self.  [We] are taught and [we] are told there is a “me”, and a “you”.  [We] are taught that there is an “other”. 


[We] are conditioned through ideas and thoughts, memories and associations, feelings and emotions, that the perception of [me] is real, so real in fact that [we] then appear to get caught in the hypnosis of [our] [own] existence, an existence that appears to be separate and distinct from everything else in so called existence. 


[We] get caught in the web of [our] [own] mind and emotions.  [We] tangle ourselves in the thread of [our] [own] delusion and the perceived delusions of [another].  [We] quarantine [ourselves] in the belief of [our] [own] creation, where there in fact, can be none.  


[We] get caught up in not only the illusion of a projection, but also in the illusion of a [me] that imagines it is looking at and [created] that projection.


As the [me] moves to the foreground of life, [we] lose touch with the purity of that awareness that lies in the background; [we] abandon [our] real Self and place all [our] attention on the foreground of the [me] story.  


Intrinsically [we] know this.  The loneliness, the hunger, and the desire [we] all experience are reflections of this perceived abandonment and the perceived loss of [our] true Self.  Conditioned perceptions and choices become forgetfulness; the education of [a] mind to focus and dwell, to nurture and develop a false self that serves only to veil the existence of a true Self.      


Experiences will always come and go; we will label them “good” or “bad” and “important” or “not so important”, but the real [YOU] will always, innocently, remain the same.  Regardless of the story of [you]; regardless of the conditioning of [you]; the real [YOU] is always available to the One who looks.


When/if [you] bump into this [YOU] ~ the One that is always there and [you] give it [your] attention, everything will change.  For in the finding of this [YOU], [you] become the real [YOU]; [YOU] become the [YOU] that [you] were always meant to be and [you] give up the game of winning and losing.  [YOU] give up the game, and [YOU] see with fresh, new eyes, what was always there; the [YOU] and the [you] have become One.

What could [we] possible do or not do without [YOU]?



here’s to “YOU”


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