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#3529 - Monday, May 11, 2009 - Editor: Gloria Lee

The Nonduality Highlights

When duality is blended with, and within, unity it is the true jivanmukta realization. The One is then experienced as the Two but known to be really the One.   - Paul Brunton
   — Notebooks Category 25: World-Mind in Individual Mind > Chapter 2: Enlightenment Which Stays > # 123

posted to Wisdom-l by Mark Scorelle  

A Man Met Himself

  It had been cold a very long time and
Rocks were covered by clear sheets of ice.

There was no pleasure in days such as this
And yet, there was.
For the cold made things sharper if one looked.

But that was the trick, one had to look
For it was in the looking that one finds the truth.

A man met himself going out of town and
This made him wary because it was not normal
To meet oneself like this.

The man paused and his self paused too
The two looked each upon the other.

At first he could not see any visible differences, yet
There must be differences that I cannot see
Each thought to himself.

The man asked his self who he was
And his self asked him the same.

What trickery is this? the man thought
He could see the brow on the other furrow in doubt
As if the other was a mime.

How can this be? the man questioned
His self questioned too.

The man looked for a very long time
Until he became anxious about his self's intentions
Whether he meant to harm him.

This made him squirm a little and
That is when he noticed it was just his reflection in the ice.

Satisfied and having had enough of this
He hurled a "good day" to his self
As he hurried along his way.

As he passed, his self turned to follow
A smile crossed his face as he echoed "good day!"

- James Corrigan  

Digesting Mindfulness

Cultivating mindfulness is not unlike the process of eating. It would be absurd to propose that someone else eat for you. And when you go to a restaurant, you don’t eat the menu, mistaking it for the meal, nor are you nourished by listening to the waiter describe the food. You have to actually eat the food for it to nourish you. In the same way, you have to actually practice mindfulness in order to reap its benefits and come to understand why it is so valuable.

–John Kabat-Zinn, from Letting Everything Become Your Teacher (Delta Trade Paperbacks)

Your Own Life

It is impossible to become like somebody else. Your only hope is to become more fully yourself. That is the reason for practicing meditation in the first place. Teachers and books and CDs can only be guides, signposts. It is important to be open and receptive to what you can learn from other sources, but ultimately you still have to live your own life, every moment of it.

–Jon Kabat-Zinn, from Letting Everything Become Your Teacher (Delta Trade Paperbacks)

........ Whenever there is beauty, kindness, the recognition of the goodness of simple things in your life, look for the background to that experience within yourself. But don't look for it as if you were looking for something. You cannot pin it down and say, "Now I have it," or grasp it mentally and define it in some way. It is like the cloudless sky. It has no form. It is space; it is stillness, the sweetness of Being and infinitely more than these words, which are only pointers. When you are able to sense it directly within yourself, it deepens. So when you appreciate something simple-----a sound, a sight, a touch------when you see beauty, when you feel loving kindness toward another, sense the inner spaciousness that is the source and background to that experience........

…page 91........ "Oneness With All Life" Eckhart Tolle

posted to TheNow_2 & Wisdom-l

Presence is needed to become aware of the beauty, the majesty, the
sacredness of nature. Have you ever gazed up into the infinity of space on a
clear night, awestruck by the absolute stillness and inconceivable vastness
of it? Have you listened, truly listened, to the sound of a mountain stream
in the forests? Or to the song of a blackbird at dusk on a quiet summer

To become aware of such things, the mind need needs to be still. You have to
put down for a moment your personal baggage of problems, of past and future,
as well as all your knowledge; otherwise, you will see but not see, hear but
not hear. Your total presence is required.

Beyond the beauty of the external forms, there is more here: something that
cannot be named, something ineffable, some deep, inner, holy essence.
Whenever and whenever there is beauty, this inner essence shines through
somehow. It only reveals itself to you when you are present.

Could it be that this nameless essence and your presence are one and the
same? Would it be there without your presence? Go deeply into it. Find out
for yourself.

~ Eckhart Tolle
 Excerpted from Practicing The Power of Now

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