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"If you are
earnest, you will find that in the end you will get fed up
and regret the waste of energy and time. To find your self, you need not take a
single step." -- Nisargadatta Maharaj
Q: It's just a matter of recognizing it.
Rodney: Right, of seeing
or understanding that what you are looking for is what
you already are. That immediacy is currently being overlooked for any number of
reasons. But the usual "suspects" are a needless attention on thoughts and
feelings, dualistic thinking (awareness is there, but "I" have to "attain" it), and the
objectification of yourself and appearances (e.g., that you are an individual
person rather than awareness itself).
Q: So this "I" within me can't take me that final understanding.
Rodney: It cannot. It is
just a thought, a temporary sense of an individual self
arising in presence. Having been told that, you simply bring your attention back
to the spaciousness from which a thought or feeing or belief emerges. So not
only is the "answer" already there, you are the answer. It is your ordinary,
everyday awareness seen in its totality. As you reflect upon any of this, be
attentive to any cessations of thoughts and sentiments. And those pauses most
definitely will occur; for thoughts and ideas come and go. Awareness does not.
So what is it, right at this moment , that is not moving? The answer is before and
within you, and you are That.
check out: A Vastness All Around: Awakening to Your Natural State
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rose and photo by Gloria Lee
A Rose is a Rose is a Rose
Does the rose have to do something?
No, the purpose of a rose is to be a rose.
Your purpose is to be yourself.
You don't have to run anywhere to become someone else.
You are wonderful just the way you are.
This teaching of the Buddha allows us to enjoy ourselves,
The blue sky, and everything that is refreshing and healing
In the present moment.
We already have everything we are looking for,
Everything we want to become.
We are already a Buddha
So why not just take the hand of another Buddha
And practice walking meditation?
Just being in the moment in this place
Is the deepest practice of meditation.
The Heart Sutra says that there is "nothing to attain."
We meditate not to attain enlightenment,
Because enlightenment is already in us.
We don't need to search anywhere.
We don't need to practice to obtain some high position.
We can enjoy every moment.
People talk about entering nirvana,
But we are already there.
Aimlessness and nirvana are one.
We have everything we need
To make the present moment the happiest in our life,
Even if we have a cold or a headache.
We don't have to wait until
We get over our cold to be happy.
Having a cold is part of life.
I am happy in the present moment.
I do not ask for anything else.
I do not expect any additional happiness.
Aimlessness is stopping and realizing
The happiness that is already available.
Thich Nhat Hanh
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