Insight #79 ~ ZEN Shredding…
September 4, 2010

 

 

Truth can contain the lie of justification. 

 

 

When you take the time to examine truth closely, it can reveal negative assumptions, associations and beliefs about how you see your life and the world you live in.  When fact and fiction fuse, you limit your subjective experience of freedom.

 

Extended commentary:

 

I’ve always been wary about people who tell me something with a qualifying “it’s my truth…” statement.  It’s as if something they think, perceive, understand, know, believe or see is different from everyone else, and yet absolutely true at some “deep, spiritual, level. 

It implies that something is true for them regardless if it does not fit with any frame of reference, spiritual or otherwise.  You can make a claim that something might be truth, but that does not make it Truth.  Ultimately only an “I” would claim something to be true or not, only an “I” would look for something that is true or not true.  If there were such as thing as truth, “I” don’t think it would be personal. 

 

I think more often or not there is confusion of Truth over experience.  There are infinite numbers of experiences ~ all these experiences are subjective but not necessarily “the truth”.  Just because it’s your experience does not make it true.  You can have a subjective experience without having the need to claim that it is the Truth.

To [me] when “I” here someone use the term “it’s my truth”, it sounds more like a defense mechanism, a wall of protection that is used to hide the fact that there is an actual fixation on some deeply held belief, a belief that is somehow out of bounds, somehow sacred, something very personal, and should not be examined or challenged, because “it’s my truth.

[You] can have [your] experience, but it does not have to be true or not true, it can simply just be.  [You] can have [your] experience without needing to imply that it is some absolute truth.  The fact is that what is true now will most likely not be true tomorrow (look to [your] experience to prove this).

Beliefs come and go; they are not truth.  Experiences come and go, they are not truth.  Perceptions, ideas, notions, understandings and insights that come from the mind, will ultimately, come and go, and therefore cannot be Truth.

What is real is true, and what is true does not come and go. 

Run away from the truth.  Better yet, depend upon what does not come and go rather than what appears to be true or not true. 

Beyond the truth or not truth, [you] are…

 

 

What do you assume to be true in your life?

 

 

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Insight #76 ~ ZEN Shredding…
June 16, 2010

Ask questions of your life.

 

Ask questions of yourself, of others; of what you’ve been taught; of everything you believe yourself to be. It’s important to engage and apply the process of enquiry and investigation into your life, to examine all the beliefs that you have about life. 

Enquiry and investigation prevent denial and resignation. It is the birth of a new narrative based on the present, not the past or future. Your best questions entice the Universe to respond in a dance of “co-creation” that transforms your subjective experience.

 

Extended commentary:

 

Any good dialogue therapist understands the impact of well crafted question. A well crafted, skillfully delivered question can change the understanding, perception and behavior of a client forever.  A “change” in ones understanding and perception can often lead to a change in behavior, which inevitably leads to a change in ones life and the way with which one lives ones life.  

Well crafted questions can open doorways that can lead to freedom: illuminating buried thoughts, revealing hidden feelings ~ placing a spotlight on self sabotaging ideas, notions, perceptions and associations with which we live our life.  A well crated question can also create context, meaning and purpose for an individual and their lives.  A well crafted question can unveil order where there once appeared to be disorder.

As a general rule we might often avoid the use of “Why” in dialogue; it is often relegated to a “use only if… and when… status”, due to the seduction of its nature as a “call for justification”; an invitation to create a story or reason, where there may be none.  Better said, one can easily trap oneself or another more deeply into the story of “me” and “why”; the story that we might be telling ourselves or others, when asking or addressing a question that begins with [Why?]

That being said, there are always exceptions.  There’s always exceptions, and there will always be moments when a well crafted, skillfully delivered [Why?] will open up a mother lode of information and ideas so pure, so informative and so valuable, that they can change the direction of ones life or another’s forever.

[ Living in the [Why] of Life.]

 

As a strategy for successful living, a well crafted, open ended [Why?] question, can reveal a spectrum of ideas, notions and values that often can shape and influence an individuals entire motivation; it exposes the roots of their “modus operandi”; the very impulse of [Why] we do, what we do; “our reason for being”.

 [Why] am I in this relationship?

[Why] do I enjoy my [fill in the blank] work?

[Why] do I want to do “this” or “that”?

[Why] am I so unhappy in this [fill in the blank] job?

[Why] do I feel what I feel?

[Why] do I do, what I do?

[Why] am I here?

 As any good dialogue therapist knows, a well placed open ended, [Why?] often initially unlocks a dearth of information that requires mind-full navigation: where the [How?] and the [What?]; the [Who?], the [Where?] and the [When?] must equally and necessarily, be applied with exacting precision, to the uncovered material so that it might be harnessed to its fullest potential.

A well crafted, closed ended, question [Who?, What?, Where?, When? and How?] can lead the dearth and seemingly, perceived chaos of that revealed information [the Why?] in supportive directions that will inform and enable the inherent value of that [Why?] to come alive.

A provocative, all encompassing [Why?] has the inspiration and power to lead us to an engaging [How?], and an engaging [How?] can steer us to an essential,[What?]! 

[Why] am I here?

[How] can I cultivate, refine and develop that inspiration most easily?

[Who] can support me in the implementation of that purpose?

[What] do I need to specifically do to engadge the creative process in the world of form?

[When] do I need to do the above?

And therein lies the strategy and life cycle of a well crafted question!

 

 What part of your own story do you need to question?

 

 

Please watch this inspiring TED talk by Simon Sinek; a master of dialogue…

 

 

 

To order a copy of ZEN Shredding please visit:

 

Visit my new Blog for daily quotes based on my writings and the book ZEN Shredding:

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&

 

Hot off the Press:

 

The Doctrine of ONE…

 

 

  

Other work:

 

ZEN Shredding: The Prequel

 

 

 Soulananda;

The Essentials of a Good Life…

   

 

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Insight #74 ~ ZEN Shredding
April 21, 2010

 

“Shred” the burden of judgment.

 

Your life could be seen as the creative process in action.  Spontaneity is the essence of the creative process; judgment is what comes after it.  When you judge yourself or others you temporarily isolate yourself from the effortless flow of the moment and the energy and information it contains.

Extended commentary:

Who comes first, you or judgment?

The “you” you imagine yourself to be arrives long before judgment.  First “you” arrive and then all the judgments, evaluations and comparisons; all the ideas of “this” and “that”, “up” and “down”, “good” and “not good” arrive.  But where is the “you” that sits in the mechanics of this process; better said, is there a “you” that sits in the mechanics of this process?

First “you” arrive then the “you” with all its ideas and judgment comes.  Before the impulse of the thought is judged; it just is.  A thought just is.  A thought, is a thought, is a thought, and you are.  We could say that no thought is really judged until the “you”, you imagine yourself to be comes along; then the thought is judged; you arrive, the thought comes, then you judge.

Prior to the judgment of a thought, an experience, a memory or a circumstance, that thought, experience, memory or circumstance simply is.  Without “you”, there would be no judgment.  Without the “you”, you imagine yourself to be, there would be no thought, no experience, no memory or circumstance to judge.

If “you” could step back far enough; if “you” could pull “your” attention back from the object that lies in the field of your attention, you would realize that it is only the mind itself that see’s and perceives reality as duality; that judges reality as “good” or “bad”; that even imagines the concept of reality.

If “you” could step back far enough; if “you” could pull “your” attention back from the subtext of your subjective experience that lies in the field of your attention, you would realize that even the self you imagine yourself to be is only a notion, a thought, a memory, an association; a perception of something that is judged or not judged.

The notion of judgment is a notion of the mind. 

It exists because “you” imagine “you” are. You think “you” are, and then “you” identify yourself with those thoughts, those feelings and those emotions; you identify yourself as those thoughts, feelings and emotions that you then call the mind.  You judge those thoughts, feelings and emotions, and you also judge yourself for identifying yourself as the mind that seemingly contains those thoughts, feelings and emotions.

“You” come first; then the story arises. 

With the arising of the story, there arises all content that we call the mind.  The mind is a composite of all the stories you have ever been told: the ones you tell yourself, the ones that you were told, and the ones that you will tell others.  “You” imagine you are the content of the mind, and “you” then judge yourself on the content of THAT mind and all the stories that make up that mind. 

Once the content of the mind has arisen; once the story has arisen: those thoughts, feelings, emotions, memories, perceptions and associations; there is a good chance the content of that mind and story will be evaluated and assessed, compared and judged, indiscriminately by the mind that you think you are.

First, you are. 

Then the impulse of that thought or feeling arises.  That thought or feeling is then evaluated as “good” or “bad”, “right” or “wrong”, “healthy” or “unhealthy” by a nervous system that is hardwired for survival.  “Good” thoughts are considered pleasant, and encouraged; “bad” thoughts are considered inappropriate, and need to be denied, avoided or suppressed at all costs.

We demonize the “bad” thoughts and we sanctify the “good” thoughts.  “Good” thoughts are considered spiritual and “bad” thoughts are considered unspiritual.  “Good” thoughts are considered to be closer to your “God”, and “bad” thoughts are considered to be further from your so called “God”.

A thought is a thought, is a thought.  The judging “you” that you imagine yourself to be arises with each thought, which you are not. The thought, the one who is thinking, and the judgment are One.   

 

What parts of yourself do you sit in judgment of the most?

 

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 Soulananda;

The Essentials of a Good Life…

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Insight #72 ~ ZEN Shredding…
March 4, 2010

 

Spend more time in Nature.  

 

There is a rhythm, flow (and chairlift) in Nature that connects us to Harmony. Spending time in the rhythm and flow of Nature allows our minds, bodies and Spirit to recalibrate to the very same power that creates a baby and orchestrates a Universe. 

You can have moments in Nature, when everything dissolves into everything else, where there is no “I”, “me”, or “mine”.  Being in nature can often lead to spontaneous meditative states that can fulfill you on the deepest, most natural levels of your Being. 

Extended commentary:

Everything is always dissolving into everything else, because it’s all really nothing disguised as something.  Without “nothing” you could not have or appreciate something.  Everything is nothing and that nothing sometimes becomes something; eventually it will subside into back into nothing.

There’s more to the experience and beauty of nature than the infinite visual expressions of diversity that dance before our eyes.  The essence of nature’s beauty lies in its naked, direct, unbridled expression; nothing masquerades as something.  A few hours in nature is equivalent to one thousand sessions of therapy; without the necessary understanding or expense.  A few hours spent in nature allows you slip into the rhythm, flow and movement of your own Being; the same Being that is the life throb of divinity itself. 

In the stillness of nature that appears to be something; the impulse of nothing begins to dissolve mind made barriers; distinctions that would normally elevate our personal suffering subside, and the mind that once thought it was something, becomes nothing.  Gently, quietly, we are seduced and intoxicated by nature’s sweetness.  Form becomes Being, Being becomes form.  In these sacred, immersed moments in nature, we are reminded at the deepest level that form is Being and Being is form.  When form is experienced as Being, and Being is experienced as form, we realize there is no form and there is no Being; the personal becomes impersonal. 

Notice with the appreciation of your attention the gift of  nothing as it becomes the something we call nature; notice by spending time in nature that in that something we call nature there is actually nothing, and in that moment of nothing, you will find everything…           

 

 

When was the last time you went for a walk in the park or looked for a shooting star in the night sky?

 

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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 # 71 ~ Zen Shredding…
February 26, 2010

 

Live life with intention and purpose. 

 

When you live life with intention and purpose, merging your desires with practiced clarity you may find you can navigate your life experience in more detached ways independent of ever changing external conditions.

 

Extended commentary:

Living life with intention and purpose is one of the most powerful of strategies for successful living.  We cannot however be dependent upon or imagine for even one second that it will provide salvation ~ a finding out Who You Are, although it may become a significant stepping stone in guiding you towards a realization of Who You Are.

More recently or not, western teachers have furthered the notion and importance of finding meaning and purpose in life.  It has been suggested that we all have contained within us some mystical purpose or quest that needs to be realized.  Nothing could be farther from the truth. 

The spiritualization and sanctification of purpose and its pursuit while innocent, can sometimes lead to innuendo, confusion and potential suffering for those who secretly, unknowingly and clearly are on a journey towards finding out who they are.

What needs to be realized is the Self; all else is illusion; all else is potential distraction.

I was one of those teachers.  For over 20 years I had relentlessly pursued and taught the path and potential trap of this inspiring but distracting illusion.  The path of inspiration can be very seductive, if “you” are not grounded in knowing Who You Are now.  The hypnosis and pull of this journey can lead many “seeker” deeper into the foreground of life, as they desperately seek and never find their so called “mission”, “vision”,  “purpose”, or  Dharma; a reason for being.

There is no reason for Being; Being is. 

Being is enough. 

Permanent fulfillment lies in the realization of Being, independent of all external circumstance.  The expression of thinking, being, having and doing are based on Being; not the other way round.  Clarity and alignment of thinking and doing might lead to the appearance of having and being, but it always directed by the impulse of Being, not a cognition of the mind.   

Only the mind cognizes an idea, belief, reason, or notion for being.  You are not your mind.  The Self has nothing to do with any reason the mind may offer as a justification for existence. 

While those notions may satisfy, while those notions may potentially guide you to a more meaningful and fulfilling life, they are not Who You Are and they are not any more or less sacred or spiritual than being a cashier at a local supermarket, or your favorite server at a local restaurant.

What is the purpose of your life?

What intentions do you have for 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. 

ZEN Shredding ~ Insight #68
January 29, 2010

 

 

There will be moments when everything comes together.

 

A time occurs when your dreams, desires and practice will merge providing a sweet, fleeting moment of success ~ you “jib” this moment of success and then you move on…

 

Extended commentary:

It’s interesting to see how the biology of our thinking contributes to the suffering of our day to day lives.  We have a tendency to think and perceive our life in factors of time and space, where there is none beyond the mind level.  Moments of perceived time are broken up into past, present and future; lives are neatly collated into memories, circumstances and situations, and the plans and goals we have for that life, plans and goals that may be reached or not reached. 

The biology of our nervous system; hardwired to organize the actual chaos of reality, and our mind which is a subtle, but direct physiological extension OF that nervous system, follows suit with thinking that involves infinite strategies, notions, perceptions, associations and ideas; thinking that tries to consolidate that which cannot be consolidated, that tries to plan and goal that life to reach a perceived levels of “success”.

This piecemeal approach, perceiving life through a mechanistic filter allows that life to be diced and sliced, motivated by an agenda of control and survival, to provide a degree of perceived comfort and safety, where there can be none.  Life will happen.  Life does happen.  And no matter how much tactical or strategic planning occurs, no matter how much context is provided for deeper understanding to the improved circumstance of life; life is not something that can be dialed; life cannot be dialed from the level of the “I”.

The Universe is not a machine; life is not a game.  Any order we experience is a projection of the mind, where there is none beyond the illusion of the mind.  You cannot control the uncontrollable.  Prior to the arrival of the mind, chaos is the inherent essence of every moment.

That being said, there will be “ups” and “downs”, there will be moments where “you” feel in the flow, and there will be moments where you perceive and feel that “you” are out of or not in the flow; or, that there is no flow.

Whether you are in the flow, out of the flow, or there appears to be no flow, it will always be happening in the perceived moment of now.  Whether you imagine that you had something to do with that flow is irrelevant; primary, is the bliss and freedom that occurs in our ability to simply be present with or too that now; in complete detachment to the contents of that now. 

Prior to the idea of “flow”, stay there; prior to the idea of “not flow”, stay there; prior to the idea of “no flow”, stay there.  The moment of success is completely arbitrary; the One Self takes delight in it Self at all times, under all circumstances and situations.  Beyond our narrow and prejudice definition of success and failure, happiness and sadness, you are; beyond even the One Self, you are…

 

Have you ever been happy for no reason at all?

 

To order a copy of ZEN Shredding please visit:

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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 #57 ~ ZEN Shredding…
September 10, 2009

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[exceprted from ZEN Shredding]

After a few months of snowboarding practice, I began to actively seek opportunities to develop, refine and enhance my skills.  My initial fear and anxiety gave way to joy and anticipation.  Increased confidence in my own abilities provided greater levels of comfort and ease, so I could simply show up and have fun.  The flow of time, experience and knowledge began to serve as a gateway of clarity to the rhythm and flow of my life. I decided to participate in a weeklong ‘ride and learn’ club.  It was an opportunity to meet new people, explore new terrain and improve my skills in the process. 

There were a couple of Australians in our group who knew how to play hard.  One was a surfer who had unfortunately hurt his arm while surfing just prior to coming to Canada.  He not only had a big heart but buckets of bravado and stamina.  As each day progressed he fell again and again on his injured shoulder.  But he showed up every day.  He justified his unstoppable attendance by the expense of his trip and the boy inside who did not want to miss out for even one moment.

It’s good to listen to your body.  It provides you with relevant guidance to what may or may not be possible.  During the first season I learned quickly, sometimes painfully, to listen to my body.  I had a pass that provided me with unlimited trips to the hill.  I did not have to show up every day to make sure I got my money’s worth; I did not need to spend long days on the hill because I was only in town for a very expensive, week long holiday.  It was liberating for me to be able to discover and determine my own rhythm of being on the hill, while also recognizing that this rhythm could be enhanced if I remained flexible as it ebbed and flowed through the days, weeks, months and years…

 

 

***

 

 

Engage the moment as it is. 

 

Conditions can change dramatically in your life.  While those conditions may conflict with your predetermined agenda, they are as they are ~ or not.  In those moments when your visibility is tempered by distraction, being OK with what is will provide you with a heightened level of presence that enables you to navigate your most challenging extremes.

 

Extended commentary:

We cannot change the content of the present moment.  In the moment of our greatest fear or suffering, pain or sadness, joy or confusion; we cannot change the content of what is.  We can however change the approach we have to the moment; how we see, subjectively experience, interpret, understand or perceive that moment.  We can have an alert appreciation of the moment, regardless of what content is occurring in the moment. 

 Do you react to the moment?

Do you run from the moment?   

Do you resist the moment by judging, evaluating or by placing erroneous significance on the moment?  

For anything to happen, the entire Universe must conspire for that moment, event, circumstance or situation to unfold, as it is.  Everything is the cause of everything else.  What makes you imagine that the contents of what is occurring in that moment can somehow be changed by the you, you imagine yourself to be?

You can Be aware of that moment, you can be present to that moment.  “You” can have your attention on the process of that moment, or not. In that moment “you” can allow your attention to be on that moment completely, fully, unconditionally, “allowing” that moment to simply Be; by Being.

In the stillness of attention, as it is placed on that moment, as it stands in Being, there is no need for anything to be changed, fixed, transformed or healed.  In the letting go of the need of  “trying” to let go, the ever present, unbounded, Essence of Who You Are can gently move from the unnoticed, background of your attention, to the foreground of Being; where condition, circumstance and situation are irrelevant, where the “good” and the “bad”, the “perfect” and the “imperfect”, are seen as “One”.    

“You” cannot change the present moment.  “You” don’t have to force yourself to even “like” that moment, but “you” can with attention, step out of habitual, conditioned ways of seeing, thinking, and doing life; allowing the many perceived obstacles that are constantly created by the mind to evaporate; that prevent your Essential Self from Being present and available to that moment. 

In the moment of Being there can be no judgment.  In the moment of Being it is possible for there to be no evaluation, and in the moment of Being the significance and fixation that one would normally place on the content of that moment, can end; abandoned forever, so that the innocence of Being, in which all content arises, can once again be revealed and experienced…    

Can you be present with your conditions without assessing, evaluating and comparing 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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