Spiritual traditions tend to speak about awareness and its content (experience) as two distinct domains. And while there is often an acknowledgement that these are really just two sides of the same indescribable non-dual coin, most traditions tend to emphasize this distinction, pointing again and again to the ever-present knowing/cognizing that underlies every momentary experience.
Wondering what meditation is? It’s This! Just as it is. Reality, appearing as it appears. Experience, unfolding however it unfolds. This is the real meditation, to simply see that all there is, is meditation. A moment labeled as confusion? Meditation. An experience of great ease? Meditation. An instant of utter despair? Meditation. A flash of bliss?
The human mind and its tools of language and conceptualization basically functions by generalizing about whatever is being perceived. Consciousness (via the conceptualizing mind) experiences some phenomenon and then takes the infinity of information it’s being greeted by and tries to turn that infinitude into something concrete, something finite, something seemingly describable and hence manageable.
The past and future exist as mere dreams. What is truly alive is only ever this flash instant, this tiny, yet infinite sliver of “now,” a now that need not be practiced or cultivated for it is always and forever the only thing that could ever exist. There is no need to cultivate or practice “being
No matter where the mind might travel, no matter how seemingly far into the past or future it may seem to venture, it is absolutely, unequivocally impossible to exist in any time, but now. There is no escaping the reality of this timelessness, no avoiding the fact that we are completely powerless to leave this
Imagine a vast underwater world that stretches as far as the eye can see, a world filled with unthinkable beauty and diversity—thousands of exotic creatures large and small, psychedelically colorful fish and coral, magnificent formations of rock and sand, a phantasmagoric display of life everywhere you turn… Now imagine that your gaze suddenly falls upon
While spiritual traditions are fond of telling us that we must strive to be more here (i.e., more present, more aware), the reality is that here is all there is. What do I mean? Well, the one thing we can be certain of is that something is happening, right? Call it life, call it experience.
As human beings, we are in a near constant state of interpretation, conceptually mapping and modeling what is happening here experientially. [In fact, even the notion that we are "human beings" is itself an interpretation, but that's a matter for another post!] In and of itself, the fact that we are conceptually and linguistically rendering
In many teachings, an emphasis is placed on “recognizing” or “resting as” awareness. In this modeling of reality, awareness (i.e., that which knows) is portrayed as a special, separate privileged domain apart from, untouched by and free from its perceived content (what’s known). However, this purported separation is simply not the case, at least not
In many spiritual traditions, there is the belief that in order to be free of the grip of conceptual thinking (and the grasping, identification and suffering it gives rise to), we must either quiet the mind’s activity or discover a part of us that is already conceptually quiet and beyond the reach of thought. In