Sunday, February 12, 2012

Who am I really in all of this?

     “We live in illusion and the appearance of things. There is a reality. We are that reality. When you understand this, you see that you are nothing, and being nothing, you are everything. That is all."     Kalu Rinpoche

"Now something in us knows this. We know our connection with every other being, with life, with the breath of the atmosphere, with the spirit that moves through beings. We know it, but we don’t really trust it.
Part of what makes meditation so extraordinary and so different from almost everything else we do, is that to simply sit is to step outside of our identity, step outside of the busyness, and the roles, because our culture is so caught up in different ways in greed, ambition, fear, judgment, racism, or struggle between people all around us. And as we begin to sit, certainly there’s peace, and a kind of healing, and an opening, but more than that, there just comes space.  
Henry David Thoreau said that ‘the soul grows by subtraction, and not by addition.’ It’s not that you sit to meditate to get something else, but actually it is an opening, a letting go. And as we do open, we see all the possibilities – sinner and sage, flow or struggle, and all the stories that we might tell ourselves about being the victim or the warrior, or the workaholic, or the nurturer, or the great mother, or the lost soul, or the eternal youth – all the kind of archetypes that we play out at different times in our life.
What the invitation of meditation and of the Buddha (the word Buddha means to be awake) offers is a remembering of this space of awareness, of the space of the heart. To listen to all these different stories and tales and fears and desires. Who am I really in all of this?”     Jack Kornfield

Jack Kornfield's dharma talk: "Who are you really?"

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