May you seek, discover and embody, the profound peace, kindness and wisdom that is within us all.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Acceptance, Letting Go of Force
"Even the lapses of mindfulness we struggle to resist have their own value on a spiritual journey. The darkness of forgetfulness feeds the light of remembering like winter feeds spring. As we begin to move outside the strongly conditioned self-reference model of events, where each experience implies something about me and what I need to do about it, into a more universal understanding of how reality operates on its own, we see there is nothing missing or out of place. From that view the absence or presence of self-awareness is simply the current configuration of reality, and any tension we exert to correct it sustains the dichotomy of 'the aware me' pitted against 'the unaware me.' ... we see this is a resurgence of the divided mind, and any force in either direction ultimately obstructs unification. Relaxing and accepting whatever reality presents is the only way to heal the rift and end the egoic notion that we are in charge." Rodney Smith. Awakening. A Paradigm Shift of the Heart. Shambhala, Boston, 2014.