Ordinary mind

When we look at the ordinary mind, what stands out is its complete unreliability.

One day we feel one way, the next another; this month we are completely convinced, but next month we have grave doubts.

We reach the heights of joy, then we fall to the depths of misery; we imagine wonderful accomplishments, then plunge into self-doubt; we awaken to the beauty of life, then we go to sleep again.

In the face of such changeability, there can be no real security, no guarantees as to where our mind will go next—nothing is trustworthy. 

Mind over Matter 

At this point

Through the ages, awareness, concentration and energy have always played a central role in spiritual development.

If we do not exercise and develop these resources, they will begin to weaken.

As their power diminishes, we lose the ethical impulses and the spiritual potential that are the crowning glory of human life.

Life grows more mechanical, artificial, and automatic.

Eventually we begin to rely more strongly on technology to provide solutions to problems that human intelligence can no longer offer.

At this point, humanity faces great dangers. 

Mind Over MatterPublished 2002

More like machines

As our understanding of the human spirit weakens and our educational systems focus almost exclusively on the attainment of materialistic goals, we are forgetting our heritage and losing touch with life’s value and beauty.

Our time is growing shorter and our lives more pressured and automatic.

We are becoming more like machines that we hoped would free us for a happier and more productive life, but which are instead continuing to enmesh us in new and intractable complexities.

Mind over Matter 

Epidemics of our age

Caught up in the busy-ness of our times, many people have the sense of being trapped on a treadmill, pressured in both their private and working lives, and troubled by a feeling that it will never be possible to catch up with time.

They may respond with sensations of panic or by blocking off all sensations; they may experience tremendous stress, confusion, and tension, or fall back into cynicism and a restless search for new forms of entertainment.

Anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem are the epidemics of our age, as pervasive and in some ways as deadly as the epidemics that ravaged whole populations in other times and places. 

Mind Over Matter –  Published 2002

My problems

Each of us identifies a different “problem area”. 

But somehow, no matter what it is, it’s always “my”, always “mine”…and always a problem.

I have to live with that problem of mine and carry the weight of the load.

I must: it’s my problem to solve.

Insofar as I have problems, I’m obliged to manage them, care for them, worry about them, and wonder: wonder what is happening, wonder what I can do, wonder what life would be like if this problem had never occurred.

Wondering is as close as most of us get to inquiry.

We define, we extrapolate, we hesitate, and we decide.

Our decisions have consequences , the consequences form chains, causes causing effects which have fresh causes: causal consequences sponsoring continuity.

Case after case gets stacked up in our storehouse of knowledge: all too much, and yet never enough.

This is our experience.

This is how it is.

This is the status quo, our standard operating procedure: going, knowing, ruling – and being ruled, forever.

But beyond going, knowing and ruling, an unconquerable awareness shines.

OK Mantra

Meditation

Meditation is the foundation of self-development and well-being.

Gradually, almost imperceptibly, meditation transforms the quality of everyday life, stimulating creativity, exercising mental capacities, and integrating body and mind. 

Hidden Mind of Freedom