The Four Reminders

On my birthday today I will focus on these reminders

IMG_7241 (2)1. Maintain an awareness of the preciousness of human life.  Beginning to realize how precious life is becomes one of the most powerful tools. It’s like gratitude… once you have this feeling of gratitude for your own life and the preciousness of human birth, then it takes you into any realm.

2.  Be aware of the reality that life ends; death comes for everyone. Life is very brief. If you realize that you don’t have that many more years to live and if if you live your life as if you actually had only a day left, then the sense of impermanence heightens that feeling of preciousness and gratitude.

3.  Recall that whatever you do, whether virtuous or not, has a result; what goes around comes around. The law of karma is that we sow the seeds and we reap the fruit.  So when you find yourself in a dark place… you can think, “Maybe it’s a time to get a little golden spade and dig myself out of this place.”

4.  Contemplate tat as long as you are to focused on self-importance and too caught up in thinking about how good or bad you are, you will suffer. Obsessing about getting what you wantand avoiding what you don’t want does not result in happiness.

Penna Chodron

Dancing Emptiness

… “when the heart starts to open along with the mind, your being starts to dance. then everything comes alive. And when your gut opens up, there is that deep, deep unfathomable stability where that opening, who is you, just died into transparency. You are dancing-  the emptiness is dancing.” ADYASHANTIThe Instrument of Surrender 970330_10201691846075716_1192317828_n

Consciousness

Cara Ross Berman

Cara Ross Berman

“The true spiritual urge or yearning is always an invitation beyond the mind. That’s why it’s always been said that if you go to God, you go naked or you don’t go at all. It’s the same for everybody. You go in free of your accumulated knowledge, or you are forever unable to enter.
When you stop holding on to all the knowledge, then you start to enter a different dimension. You move into a dimension where experience inside gets very quiet. The mind may still be there chatting in the background or it might not, but consciousness is no longer bothering itself with the mind… Your awareness just goes right past that wall of knowledge and moves into a very quiet state.
In this quietness, you realize that you don’t know anything simply because you aren’t looking back to the mind for it’s acquired knowledge. This quietness is a mystery to the mind. It is something unknown. As you go into depth, you literally go into deeper experience of what seems to be a great mystery… The mystery just keeps opening to itself…” Adyashanti