When individuals focus on their own concerns, they lose the opportunity to work for others.
Perhaps they imagine they would like to be of service to others, but they feel they lack the ability to contribute anything of value.
Caught up in distractions and samsaric responsibilities, they convince themselves that they are doing all they can–they accept as real the limitations they impose through their own lack of understanding.
TNMC Annals #42
The transience of the things you most cherish can inspire you to search for something that cannot be taken from you.
Hidden Mind of Freedom
The world we live in is crowded and chaotic.
We are always in a rush, always going, always occupied.
We have so many duties, so many social obligations.
Inner peace and times of quiet are steadily slipping out of reach.
Yet the possibility is always available to cultivate self-knowledge and begin to move toward inner freedom.
If we plant the right seeds, we will one day reap a rich harvest, growing healthier and more balanced, ready to see that life truly does have meaning.
TNMC Annals 42
Western culture offers a beautiful mosaic of different dimensionalities but only when we take responsibility for our own situation and learn to embody our own heritage can we benefit from such possibilities.
Otherwise, the choices thrown up before us dissolve into a jumbled hodge-podge, a hastily assembled stew lacking in both flavor and nourishment.
The modern commitment to freedom of expression and freedom of religion has great value, but when everyone has his or her own opinion, ideas can never cohere and clarity about how to live can never emerge.
The state of our world reflects the consequences.
TNMC Annals 42nd
For instance, when we are walking down the street, we don’t notice very clearly what’s going around us.
If we were less distracted as we engage in mental activity, could we develop more clarity about how our mind operates?
Question: Aren’t these questions more for philosophers than for the rest of us? We may not be able to justify our choices in any rigorous way, but we can still choose what we want to do. We may be wrong sometimes, but usually things turn out all right.
I don’t think you can make that assumption.
In the first place, do things really turn out “all right” most of the time?
Are we being honest about how much suffering goes on in your own life, or in the lives of other people you know?
Beyond that, it doesn’t seem smart to settle for things being mostly “all right”.
Dimensions of Mind
By developing the capacities of the senses, we can satisfy the eye hungry for beauty, the mind hungry for meaning and the heart hungry for love that does not disappoint.
Joy of Being
For thousands of years, a question has plagued humanity: why does life have so many problems?
Must we continue to experience frustration and confusion?
Must we waste much of our lives in coping with emotional upheavals?
Since it has always been this way, we may think we have no choice: “That is the way it is,” we say.
But can we question if this really has to be?
Dimensions of Mind
Contemplation is intended to free us from the pressures of self-image and obligations, from ego and emotions, and from the limitations and distortions that result from conceptualization.
The aim is to allow mind to rest on neutral ground, free from assumptions and associations that support self-oriented views.
Revelations of Mind
Right now you are that ripe potential goodness.
You need not hold back.
Open it up fully and celebrate: develop confidence and self-sufficiency.
You may worry that you don’t have this natural goodness, or that somehow you have lost it and that this is your fault.
But I say, you can have this precious understanding, you can be this goodness.
This is your freedom of choice.
You may ask: how do I do it?
When does it happen?
And I say: anytime, anyhow.
New Dimensions of Freedom
Mind or consciousness, is always relating to ‘me’—to a subjective point of view.
When we are meditating consciously, we feel that the instruction is coming to ‘me’ because ‘I’ am the meditator, or that ‘I’ the subject am within the meditation.
We have difficulty accepting the fact that the way to meditate is simply to ‘let go’ of all preconceptions and expectations and to ‘just be’.
Once we can do this, we will realize that meditation is simply living in the present and not being concerned with past memories or future expectations.
But we also need to be careful not to grasp at the present; we need to let go of any position, even the present position.
Gesture of Balance