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 #53 ~ ZEN Shredding…
July 16, 2009

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Follow the trails of your own life. 

 

However chaotic, frustrating or perfect your life may have been, the present moment is always the turning point in the direction your life is going.  So often we minimize the contribution of past experiences ~ ‘good or bad’ and the effect or link they may have to the present moment or impending decisions.

Extended commentary:

“Life experience informs “you” and life experience can determine the “you”, you imagine yourself to be…”

 

  In our quest for freedom, we often search for newer more sophisticated ways to navigate the journey of life.  As we attempt to respond to the content of our experience, it can often be valuable as a strategy to examine the outcomes of previous choices made; to see the directions certain decisions have taken us, and observe the results that accumulate from it all.  Ultimately and for most our intention is simple, it is innocent; we want to make “new” choices that generate greater levels of meaning and fulfillment within our life.

It is the nature of our mind to organize, accumulate, edit and even sanitize the experiences we have in order to enhance the possibility of increasing the “good” experiences while also reducing the reoccurrence of what we might consider the “negative” experiences.  The drive for most is always survival, even when it is cocooned within the guise of happiness. 

Survival is the old way of living and being within the world.  It is a modus operandi that promotes the mediocrity of the status quo determined by the conditioning of our past.  If we examine our lives, it often reveals the habitual ways in which we live those lives maintaining and reinforcing the mediocrity AND the conditioning.  There is nothing inherently “wrong” with the status quo.  Mediocrity is not necessarily a dirty little word!  However, if we are interested in engaging and elevating the turning point of opportunity that lies within the present moment, we need to be willing to take a look at the mechanics of influence that our past experience has on the present moment.

Understanding the impact of the mind on the now is pivotal in our ability to fully appreciate the now.  If experiences from our past are filtered into the present moment via the mind as memory, chances are the present moment perception will appear to be determined by the past.  The past is not the present; but our mind as memory, brings past experiences into the present, causing an appearance of a limitation where there is none.  Undigested experiences from our past will have a tendency to determine who we imagine ourselves to be in the present moment, causing us to feel limited or disempowered

When certain memories, conclusions, beliefs, agreements, ideas and notions from the past have been examined, digested and understood with regard to the potential impact they can have on our perception of the present moment, they can be transmuted to a place where they can inform us in the present moment; they can become a valuable resource from which we can draw from while making those decisions, choices and changes. 

As we begin to trust the wisdom of our experience, we begin to navigate experience with more ease and effortlessness; we gradually let go of the constant, cognitive, inner dialogue, moving instead into a primordial, non verbal, dialogue of apperception.  We know what we need to know, we see what we need to see, we hear what we need to hear we do what we need to do…

 

What contribution have the ‘good and bad’

experiences of your life made to the path of your life?

What are you seeking?

 

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 #52 ~ ZEN Shredding…
July 11, 2009

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Everything you need is within you.  

 

Human beings love to seek outside themselves for adventure, romance, and inspiration.  Wisdom tradition suggests that we must first seek inside our Selves for the clues to lasting fulfillment.  The way of peace, creativity, understanding, power and love are within.  Take the time to look within first, and then let your life unfold.

Extended commentary:

In hindsight and at the very least, it’s funny how quickly we can lose touch with our Selves and “our” inner wisdom.  It’s funny how quickly we can get lost in the drama of the moment and the story of those lives: the pain of our past, the fear of the future and the perceived conflict, confusion and chaos of the present moment.  Its funny how we fixate on what appears to be important, meaningful and significant, while what IS important, meaningful and significant ~ in our Being, goes unnoticed and in most cases unattended…

One way to navigate our process more easily is to identify where the mind as awareness is standing in that process.  If you can identify where “you” as the mind and awareness are standing; the awareness of the “you” you imagine yourself to be will have a greater chance in shifting its attention and awareness when or if needed, from one particular stance or dimension to another.  This may allow “you” to appreciate your process more, to expand your awareness to a place where you navigate its experience more effectively, perhaps even stepping beyond that very process into the art of Being, only. 

To explain; perhaps you are asking yourself important life questions; questions that you want to use to help support the “you” in making “a valuable” decision about the direction you may or may not want to take in life. Identifying where you are standing will be important part of your process, in that where you are standing will have a tendency to impact to some degree, the quality the question itself. 

Identifying where you are standing as a strategy when asking those questions can improve not only the quality of the question, but also, its ability in guiding you to more congruent directions within your process, and/or point you towards Being, where you may not even feel the necessity to ask the question in the first place; but “trust” the process as it unfolds.  

Are you standing in the past, present or future when you are asking those questions, thinking those thoughts, having those feelings? 

Are you immersed in the memory of a particular experience while you are asking those questions, thinking those thoughts, having those feelings, or, are you standing in some imagined, projected future? 

Does asking those questions, thinking those thoughts and having those feelings “from the past” inform you in your choice or does it determine you in choice? 

Are you presently standing in or overwhelmed by the emotional dimension while asking those questions and thinking those thoughts or are you instead coming from the biological, external or essence dimension?

It’s not easy to maintain balance with the kind of lives we live.  The demands of life and our conditioning for many can easily derail our intention for cultivating happiness as we habitually live those lives determined by our identification or fixation to one or more of the dimensions, whether it be the thinking, the emotional, the biological and external world or, the subjective freedom that can lies in the experiential understanding of the “other” dimensions and beyond. 

It is clear that if we are not aware of all the dimensions of our existence, which includes experiential understanding and acceptance of said; or we lack skills to navigate or shift dimensions when needed, we will always be limited subjectively by the influence of those dimensions.

 It’s not that some of these dimensions are inherently “bad” or “wrong” or more significant than others, they can be useful, they are useful, as an essential experience and expression of our humanity.  When we are aware of all those dimensions; when we can navigate those dimensions easily and effortlessly, they can inform us rather than determine us. 

When we identify ourselves only AS a specific expression of certain said dimensions: fixating, obsessing, judging or collapsing those dimensions onto each other, they will inevitably limit Who We Are while contributing to the perceived loss and distraction of an awareness to Who We Are always as essential core.

Embracing all the dimensions may be a process, but Being is Who We Are.  To be aware of our essential core while navigating those dimensions allows us to fulfill the promise of living meaningful life; a life where inner and outer are integrated as one; a life that provides us with the flexibility of resources that take the form of those dimensions, from which to experience and express the inner as the outer.  By recognizing that we can “use” those dimensions, rather than have them “use us”, we can experience greater levels of subjective freedom and happiness. 

Dimensions come and go.  The “you” you imagine yourself to be will also come and go.  Lasting fulfillment will never come from the thinking, feeling, biological or external dimension only.  Fulfillment lies in our ability to engage playfully with awareness, ALL dimensions and beyond.  It is the realization that there is the potential within us to experience and express an awareness of Being more fully while we eloquently navigate those dimensions… 

 What are you seeking?

 

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 #46 ~ ZEN Shredding…
May 13, 2009

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Trust and honor your body ~ love your body. 

 

A biological intelligence exists within your body that is smarter than your cognitive mind.  Let your body ride the terrain of life.  Look after it and it will look after you.  Your individual body is your connection to the larger Universal body.  To deny your body is to deny your connection to the world, to deny your connection to the world is to deny your connection to the Universe and its underlying unity. 

 

Extended commentary:

It does not surprise me in the least, that the worlds ecosystems are in such degradation, that day by day we destroy another species, pollute another river, cut down yet another acre of old growth forest.  To me, it’s simply a symptom of the degree to which we have disassociated ourselves from our Selves, and from the bodies that those “Selves” exist in. 

The degree to which we have lost touch with our true nature and Self, is the degree to which we treat not only each other, but the Earth that we live on.  The degree to which we disown, judge and abuse our own body is the degree to which we will disown, judge and abuse the relationship we have to not only to each other, but to our Earth.

On the surface it may appear that the world is “out there”; separate, distinct, something to be used, taken advantage of, and then discarded.  The world is seen and experienced as another object, something to be controlled ~ something to be sold. 

Many of us have been conditioned in very subtle ways to see the body as an object; something to be used, taken advantage of, and then discarded.  While this may seem a somewhat extreme statement to make, we can see it clearly in our behaviors and attitudes.  We can see in some of our most influential value systems the blatant disregard and implicit judgment that becomes our explicit conditioning and experience.  The degree to which many struggle around, judge, evaluate and demonize their sexual expression is, a simple example of how something so innocent can become so easily contaminated by cultural, religious and philosophical doctrines based on the fear, judgment and conditioning of others.    

The ancient wisdom traditions teach us, that there is no distinction between “in here” and “out there”.  They inform us to become aware of, embrace, and celebrate “the temple of our body”; to recognize our body as an instrument, a tool, and resource from which we can then explore the greater magnificence of our worldly adventure, and the inherent potential that lies within the gift of our body. 

But do we listen?  Do we engage the learning’s that unfold as we develop an intimate connection and relationship to the bone, tissues and senses that offer us such potential and delight?  Getting in touch with our body; becoming intimate with our body; provides a unique opportunity to become aware of, discover, and respect the boundaries of that body.  As we become more aware of our  body, as we begin to value the physical boundaries and the potentials that exist within our body, I believe we cannot help but become more aware and respectful the boundaries, limitations, and sensitivities of our physical world.

When you spend time with your own body, honoring, owning and celebrating its expression, you cannot help but want to explore not only the expression of your own body, but your also, your extended body which is the world you live in.  As you value the gift of your own body, you cannot help but extend that same value spontaneously to another, and then naturally, to the very world those “others” live in. 

As you cultivate an intimate relationship with your own body, you cannot help but want to create an intimate relationship with the world you live in.  And in the intimacy of that relationship, you will experience the interdependence and impact of your body on another’s, and to a greater extent, the world that you live in.  When you spend time in your body celebrating its existence by immersing that body in the body this Earth, you cannot but help feel and recognize the interconnectedness of it all…   

 

How can you honor your body with more

reverence?

 

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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