Sunday, 30 June 2013

Keeping Things Real



If there is one thing that we can all be absolutely sure about it would have to be the fact of our 'existence'.

Don't we wake up each morning and know that we are alive? Whether that feels good or not is another matter but we all know that we 'are'.

This is something we are so familiar with that we simply take it as a given.
We seldom if ever give the fact of our existence a second thought.

But stop right here!

There is a wonder and a mystery in this overlooked and all too evident fact.

Are we not always Ever Here Now?


Read on in Never Not Ever Here Now
Volume Four in the series; Shades of Awareness

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Fearless

Tree on a Cliff


I am afraid of heights. I have been this way since I can remember. It’s a visceral thing; if I come near the edge of something which is very elevated, every cell in my body begins to scream and the familiar sensations of numbness and horror quickly flood every part of my mind and body and overwhelm me with a profound and irrational feeling of un-ease.

I suppose this affliction, if one can call it that, has accompanied me like a silent shadow since my earliest memories and yet that shadow has been more noticeable at certain times and almost unnoticed at others.

Fears are like this; they are the silent companions that walk with us through our lives. If we were to put all our fears together we would find we are not alone! We are not accompanied merely by one or two nameless fears, but by a host, a whole tribe of silent, unyielding, determined 'adherents'.

I have never overcome my fear of heights, it remains with me till this day, but I have learned how to cope with it and on a number of occasions, when it was necessary, I found one could look directly into the face of a fear and then continue on one's way.

We all feel fear at some time or other; we all know the taste of it. There are many, many different kinds. Fear of the unknown is such an integral part of our day to day lives that many of us don't even notice it consciously and yet its effects upon the way we live and the choices that we make are far reaching and pervasive.

We live with fear to some degree or other. It may be subliminal and unnoticed for most part and yet it is there. We could not survive without the instinctive emotion of fear being an integral part of our body, mind complex. Fear is natural and it is a necessary component of our ability to survive.

Read More in Masters, Mice and Men
Volume Three from the series Shades of Awareness

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Never Not Ever Here Now

Buddha Face

If there is one thing that we can all be absolutely sure about it would have to be the fact of our 'existence'.

Don't we wake up each morning and know that we are alive? Whether that feels good or not is another matter but we all know that we 'are'.

This is something we are so familiar with that we simply take it as a given.

We seldom if ever give the fact of our existence a second thought.

But stop right here!

There is a wonder and a mystery in this overlooked and all too evident fact.

Are we not always Ever Here Now?

Read on in Never Not Ever Here Now
Volume Four in the series; Shades of Awareness

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Finding Our Inner Freedom

Egret in Flight

My teacher, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche said that if death should happen to strike us down today, now, right in this moment we should be ready to leave, and furthermore, leave without any sadness or regrets or clinging to what we have or have had or expect to have...

Can any of us say that we are ready? Can we say that we have this kind of inner alertness which is always present and always free? Can we live in this moment looking outwardly but remaining ever focussed and unattached inwardly?

There is such a freedom in being able to live this moment without hope or fear, without expectation or desire.

This kind of awareness places us in a state of inner preparedness for whatever may or not come. It gives us a crucial edge over determining the quality of our lives where-ever we may be and whatever we may be doing.

There are a thousand ways to say just one simple thing and also a thousand way to hear it. Truth does not need to be explained in volumes and treatises when just a few words will do and yet volumes and treatises exit and have their place.

But when all those words and writings, thoughts and expectations, learnings and un-learnings have had their time and fulfilled their usefulness, the simple truth will remain just as near or just as far as we ourselves remain near or far from knowing what and who we really are...