Insight #59 ~ ZEN Shredding…
September 30, 2009

WB 017

 

Do your homework.

 

Having a Diploma, B.A., Ph.D., or Masters, means nothing if you have not applied your gained knowledge into the practicum of integrated, day-to-day living.  All knowledge, talent and learning is useless if it’s not applied to the functional world of form.

Extended commentary:

What is your homework?

We’re so used to being assigned our homework: the spoon-feed curriculum of what we’re told to do in life; the when and the how to do it, the multiple reasons to justify why we should do it, all based on someone else’s perception and understanding of how things are.

We’re told how to live our lives; what to believe, what to think, and even how to feel, and when we don’t fit the box, we struggle, we effort and we force ourselves to comply under the weight of erroneous beliefs; to be something we are not.
 

From the moment of birth, we are conditioned into ways of being that are suited perfectly to someone else’s idea of how to be.  We’re filled with ideas and notions, beliefs and values, concepts and stories that are amplified and reinforced; incestuously qualified by cultural, societal and circumstantial factors.

It’s no wonder why, if only at a non verbal level, we feel that something does not fit; we know something, somehow, does not rapport with congruence, between our inner and outer worlds.  We see; but don’t relate, we hear; but we don’t understand, we touch; but we don’t align, agree, or trust.  Acceptance is resisted; in the absence of preference, compromise festers in the status quo and mediocrity of circumstance and conditioning. 

Our entire life slips into a process of accumulation: thoughts, feelings, emotions, perceptions and associations.  Notions and ideas are gathered, regardless of the fact they have nothing to do with Who We Are, and everything to do with why the degree of angst in our life increases; creating tension and paralysis.  Stress and suffering will now occur at all levels of the thinking, the being, the having and the doing. 

Our homework is not about accumulation.  Our homework is not about the acquisition or addition of this and that.  Our homework is the discovery of Who We Are; our homework is the revealing of Who We Are!

There will always be a time to gain, to harvest more knowledge about this and that.  There can be sweetness in its consumption, digestion and application, at the level of the mind and the external world.  But the greatest freedom and greatest sweetness, lies in the legacy of a life lived in the revelation of Being; in the finding and recognition of the One who gathers; the knower of the known. 

Our homework is due diligence, that we investigate with awareness, how we have defined and bound this sense of self.  Through investigation and enquiry, through observation and confrontation, through direct experience, we must examine the validity of what we base that sense of self on, and in that revealed freedom, discard it with abandon. 

Our homework is to realize once and for all, that the self we imagine ourselves to be, does not lie in past or future but instead, lies in a heart of innocence that dwells in the expression of Being present to the moment; in Being aware of the moment.  In the noticing of that moment, we recognize the background of stillness that encompasses it all, a vacuous field of no-thing; pregnant with possibility.   

THAT no-thing has the probability of Being something, that something will eventually become everything…

 

 How can you apply what you know?

 

 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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Insight #58 ~ ZEN Shredding…
September 24, 2009

WB 119 

Interrupt ongoing noise in your life. 

 

On the slope, you can find perfection in silence.  Take a moment to notice and enjoy the serenity, simplicity and silence in things, as they are mirrors of your Being.  Notice the pauses and gaps in your life; they are your greatest friends, they are filled with potential and possibility. They are the source of your dreams and the connection to your true Self.

 

 Extended commentary:

 

Between one thought and another,

there is space.

 

Between every breath,

a pause.

 

As sound arises,

so it will fall.

 

Between one idea and the next,

a gap.

 

Between each beat of the heart,

a rest.

 

 

It’s funny how we avoid stillness in life.  It’s funny how uncomfortable most feel with the pause of silence that permeates all activity; how we want to fill that still silence with activity.

If we take an honest look at our lives, I think most of us would agree that we have filled those lives with too much “having” and too much “doing”.  Where is the space of Being?  I think it would be fair to say we avoid the stillness of silence by consciously and unconsciously filling it with activity.

Ironically all activity itself arises from the stillness of silence.  To avoid greater awareness of that stillness; to lose touch with that silence, by focusing only on the having and the doing, is to lose touch with not only the stillness, but also the essential birthplace that gives rise to all activity, including life itself.  Even when activities of the body appear to cease, the mind seems always ready to take over, bingeing itself on movements of the mind.

It’s so easy and so simple to lose awareness of our essential nature as we compulsively and forcefully engage a never ending list of activities authored by the mind.  To introduce the stillness of silence into our activity, to introduce this stillness to the mind, is to temporarily withdraw ourselves from the thinking, the having and the doing of life; and in that engagement, in that stillness, we enliven with dynamism not only the mind, but also all activity to come. 

In stillness, in the restful alertness that can be found in silence, there lies the potential for unbounded, dynamic activity.  To engage the stillness, to engage our awareness deeply into that silence, is to allow what is, to Be, and in that space of silence something greater can be noticed, something much greater can be appreciated. 

Perhaps, if only momentarily, we can step beyond the foreground of the thinking, the having and the doing, and we can touch with awareness the background of Being which resides as the stillness; from this silent nothing, something becomes. 

In this appreciation of stillness, in this appreciation of Being, all activity that arises will not only be nourished by the background of Being, but also will then serve in unimaginable ways, the foreground of the thinking, the having, the doing and the being.  Being will then supplement in amplified ways, the thinking, the being, the having and the doing…

 

How can you introduce silence as a practice to your day?

 

 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.

 

Curving back…
January 27, 2008

 

 

Curving back within

 

itSelf,

 

 

 

it

 

 

 

creates again and again.

 

 

 

 

First;

 

 

 

he

 

 

 

creates his mind,

and

with that mind

 

 

 

she

 

 

 

creates her body,

and

with that mind while in that body,

 

 

 

they

 

 

 

perceive and experience

 

 

their

 

 

world

add infinitum…

 

 

 

 

 

… In

the

 

 

 

s t i l l n e s s

 

 

 

of

a

 

 

 

q u i e t

 

 

 

mind

there

can

be

no

 

j u x t a p o s i t i o n .

 

 

 

 

 

There is only a quiet sense of Being…

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