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    Quiet And Meditation

    Wednesday, August 20, 2008, 9:38 PM [General]
    Posted By: Tirranna



    Meditation & Quietude


    At night, deep in the mountains, I sit in meditation.
    The affairs of men never reach me here: everything is quiet and empty,
    all the incense has been swallowed up by the endless night.


    My robe has become a garment of dew.

    Unable to sleep I walk out into the woods--suddenly, above the highest peak, the full moon appears.

    ~ Ryokan




    Krishnamurti said, "Meditation is not a means to an end. It is both the means and the end."

    Meditation is a state of mind and body beyond the words, beyond the chatter of concepts and abstractions and judgments about things.

    It is also a place of trust, beyond the chatter of anxious thinking.
    It is prior to our having to say anything at all, and a state where the words have been found inadequate.
    It is the Present-ness of That before which rational thinking and language fall short, all words recoil, and prayers become unutterable sighs or an unexpected laugh with nothing to explain.



    Christian mystics know the Silence of God;

    Lao Tzu knew, "Tao, how deep, how still its hiding place!"
    It is where our very foundations are in tune with reality, so behavior can flow spontaneously.
    Action follows being.
    New action, if it not going to be hypocrisy, will follow new being, wiser being, stronger being.
    What kind of action flows from a life grounded in quiet awareness of that connection?
    Action that is nurtured by a force that is infinitely subtle, infinitely intricate.
    Action that flows is adaptable or supple rather than rigid, unselfconscious rather than "righteous," natural rather than contrived.
    The Chinese call it wu-wei - action that is not forced. It is life that is in touch with the natural flow of the universe and does not fight it or use force to get results.


    A good sailor uses the wind, even to go

    the direction from which the wind blows.
    Wu-wei is a creative quietude, a transcendent gracefulness--"one simply lets the abundance flow in and flow out again until all life becomes a dance in which there is neither feverishness nor imbalance"
    (Huston Smith).

    The Chinese characters for swimmer mean literally "one who knows the nature of water." One who understands the basic life force knows that it will sustain and carry one if one stops thrashing and flailing and trusts oneself to its support.
    The real sign of faith, in my opinion, is a life that learns how to swim with an Existence that flows.
    In quietude and meditation we may feel again our connection with this flow of the universe, the "way of everything" or the Tao.



    A person so connected does not need to fight through life or live from struggle to struggle, always asserting his or her will against the flow.
    In a river, the fighting swimmer drowns.

    There is an old Chinese story about Confucius seeing an old man fall into a rushing river.
    Later he sees the old man on the other shore, and is utterly amazed the old sage didn't perish.



    The old sage replied that he simply gave himself to the flow of the river, following its currents as he made his way to the other side.
    No striving, no forcing. Forcing and "achieving" come from a conflicted and divided mind that sees itself as an isolated ego in a senseless universe.



    The feeling is that one must assert ones will over things because the world is basically hostile or stupid, blind matter.
    The sage, on the other hand, knows that she is not separate from the universe, nor the universe from her.

    The Tao Te Ching says
    the sage practices wu wei,
    [non-action]
    and nothing is left undone.
    It is the way of supreme effectiveness. That is the way of nature.



    Sitting quietly, doing nothing. Spring

    comes and the grass grows of itself (Zenrin poem of Toyo Eicho).


    Wu wei is understood in quietude and trust.
    As regards the quietude of the sage, he is not quiet because quietness is said to be good. He is quiet
    because the multitude of things cannot disturb his quietude.
    When water is still, even one's beard
    and eyebrows are reflected in it. A skilled carpenter uses it as a level to obtain a measurement.
    If still water is so clear, how much more are the mental faculties!
    The mind of a sage is the
    mirror of heaven and earth in which all things are reflected.
    - Chuang Tzu
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    Boredom

    Wednesday, August 20, 2008, 1:00 AM [General]
    Posted By: Tirranna


    Boredom.
    As human beings we should not have created such a word......for there is no such thing.
    This Universe is so BIG and so full of glorious wonders that no-one should ever, ever be bored in their entire lifetime.
    Boredom means you are 'dead' to the life surrounding you.
    The great mastermind Merlin said that there is SO much to learn in a lifetime that we should not spend one moment of it being bored and I agree.
    If you have not learned all that there is to know about this Universe then you could not possibly be bored.
    Boredom is the sign of a lazy being with a lazy mind.
    Even if you have to sit in a chair and do nothing for a few days like I often do because of illness.. if you are 'alive' and in the moment then there is NO boredom.
    So if you say you get bored..then take a serious look at your life and what you are ignoring..if you are not totally prepared for your passing to the next dimension then you can't afford to be sitting around winging as you have a lot of work to do on yourself.
    So wherever you are and whatever your circumstances..make the best of them and get on with this magnificent journey and stop 'killing' the precious time you have been given.
    If you spend endless hours watching television, or in low energy conversations, chatting on phones or any other low level entertainment then you are really missing the point of this lifetime.
    Think About This.
    Tirranna.
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