Meditation

Sep. 8th, 2016 02:49 am
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I am not bound by you,bound by gravity, bound by earth or fire or water or sky.
I am limitless as the galaxy, as the expanse of the mind, of the energy that feeds our world and our bodies.
I am the fire you feel in your soul, I am the beat you feel from your heart, I am the wind the blows through the trees.
I am you and you are me.
My mind can't stay within the lines, lines that are never there.
I sit still and close my eyes,
I see darkness.
No longer do I see the edges of my body.
I focus on the gracious air that fills my lungs,
in and out...in...and out.
Down from my lungs,
I feel the Earth.
I imagine my roots sinking deep into the ground;
I feel the ageless giant steadying my body...and my soul.
I imagine the energy I feel pumping within my veins spreading out into the air,
as if I am a tree with leaves that breathe life into the world.
Suddenly, I do not feel my body against the Earth.
Suddenly, my body does not end - I am the Earth.
Suddenly, I do not feel the air against my skin.
Suddenly, my body does not end - I am the air.
My mind grows quiet.
My worries drift away with each breath,
with each beat of my heart - a beat that suddenly seems to be coming not from my body but from this...all.
Why worry about such petty things in life?
I am alive.
I am limitless.
I am so connected with this peaceful power.
I feel no fear nor pain.
Suddenly, I forget such things even exist.
I feel only calm...peace...a love so powerful - such a power that no words could describe.
So much love.
What a beautiful thing this is.
To exist as one.
I am everything.
We are everything.
"Created in the image of God"
No, no.
Not right, not right.
I feel it, I feel it.
We are God.
This great being;
A being of limitless power and limitless love.
"As above, so below"
Yes, yes. All one. All a reflection - inception.
As I open my eyes, these feelings still reside within me.
Everything has changed.
I can never be the same again.
How can you ever hate another when you know they are a part of you?
How can you ever devalue life again when you have realized the vastness of their life...your life.
Even as time separates us from this experience, even as we begin to forget reality and fall prey to this belief of separation, you can never shake the feeling.
Once, I was so angry. Filled with so much hatred, so bitter, so cold.
Now my anger has cooled from a wildfire to a candle. Easily snuffed, though the smoke after is still a reminder to me. It burns my eyes so I remember to stop using them to see and use my mind instead. I regret my anger but I do not hold such feelings against myself. Being bitter with myself is as useless and being bitter with another. I accept what happened is done, do my best to learn from it, and move on.
Again I remember the closeness I felt, the Oneness I felt.
Despite what anyone has done to anger or hurt me,
I remember we are one
and I wish them the best.
I love them.
I close my eyes again...and the darkness I once feared as a child has suddenly become my friend.
This is what we are - nothing and everything...
and it is beautiful.

Close your eyes, let go of your body, quiet your mind...
You'll feel it too.
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Some people believe that Buddhists are these perfect people and that forgiveness and acceptance come so easily to them.
That's not true.
It is just as challenging for us to begin the journey of learning and controlling our own mind and ego as it is for you.
The ego is a powerful monster to defeat. It tries to consume your mind, filling it with anger and entitlement, judgement and greed.
When someone has hurt you, your first reaction is to either feel self-pity, anger, or both.
To let go of these is a war within your mind. Even the thought of letting go of your anger can stir up more anger.
The difference is that, in Buddhism, we know that this anger is poison to our soul. Emotions such as it do absolutely no good for us - they only make us bitter.
Forgiveness is not only for those you are forgiving - it is for yourself, as well.
Once you begin meditating and get a better grasp of your mind, you find it easier and easier to control those poisonous thoughts and emotions.
We are peaceful because we choose to be; because we have realized that there is no point to waste a moment of your life lingering on bitter feelings and allowing your heart to fill with anger, instead of being joyous for the countless miracles in this beautiful world and the countless blessings in our own lives.
I turned away from the indoctrination of my childhood and chose this path.
I choose the path of peace and love.
Growing up, I never understood the love so many people could feel for a religion - especially those filled with so much hate, judgement, and destruction.
Buddhism, however, fills my heart with so much pride and joy.
It is a difficult religion to follow - you must control the overwhelming ego, take responsibility for your negative actions in life, and learn to understand, control, and silence a mind that never stops spinning with thoughts.
Yet, it is filled with so much pride to know you are trying so hard for yourself, for others, and for the world as a whole to be a better person and fill every corner of this world you reach with peace, happiness, and love.
I am so proud and in love with the path I have chosen. It was so challenging in the beginning but I didn't let myself give up. I slowly began to improve in my meditations and I have mastered so well, now, that I can lose the feeling of separateness from this world and the feeling of my own body entirely and feel completely one with everything.
It might sound strange - it's something you can't even quite comprehend until you've experienced it, but it is the most amazing feeling in the world. As you exist as One, everything calls into perspective. You realize that this life is yours to enjoy and it is silly to waste a bit of time with anger or stress or bitterness, you realize that you are a part of something much greater and that your actions send ripples through everything - that everything you do has an effect in life, you realize you want to continue to feel One and feel such a powerful happiness and the realization of all you can do for this world you are One with, you feel a kind of calm you have never experienced in your life - a sort of acceptance that you are but a piece to a puzzle - a small particle of energy, if you will - that is everlasting because the One never ceases to exist. As you sit there in this brief moment of just a small dose of the power of Enlightenment, you also lose a fear that overwhelms so many people: the fear of death. You realize that your body is but a vessel that, in a way, does not even exist. The truth of reality is the Oneness and this separation we perceive is nothing but just that - a perception.
The first time I entered this state in meditation, I never expected it - never realized such a thing could happen. As a new student, I believed it was just a tool to silence the mind and calm the nerves. That day, however, I realized that it is so much more.
I wish I could share with you even a moment of this experience but, sadly, I can not.
It saddens me to know that so many people will never believe in the existence in such a thing or think of those who experience and share this experience as some crazy spiritualist who has lost sight of reality.
No, no. I have, for the first time in my life, caught a glimpse of what reality really is.
I hope others choose this path but I will never force it upon everyone. Each person has their own path for each life they live. (Buddhists believe in reincarnation because we are all truly just one being living multiple lives to experience the true miracle that life is.)
The path a person chooses every moment of their life is theirs and theirs alone to choose.
Only when they are ready will they begin, on their own accord, the path to enlightenment.
However, if you are curious, if you just want to try even the smallest taste of this path that has brought peace to so many people throughout the world for so many generations back to ancient times, then I encourage you to ask me any questions you might have and for help on your journey if you so decide.
You do not have to run from your religion to begin this path, simply dip your toe into the stream as you hold on to the Earth that is the world you were raised to believe in. If that is just not enough, let yourself wade through water just a bit. If that is not enough, reach down a fill your hands with the water. If, finally, that is not enough, submerge into the water and let it drift you peacefully away. (Which brings me to a very important Buddhist lesson that I shall not go into here but would be happy to if you ask.)
Try it for yourself, a little at a time, and decide for yourself if it is a path you want to pursue.
You do not have to give up your job and your house and your life as a whole to travel to some hidden monastery in the mountains to meditate for hours on end and spend every free moment in charity.
You can follow that path at your own rate, in the way that feels right in your soul.
I will close with this.
If you feel overwhelmed with life, with loss, with anger, with pain, if you feel an emptiness in your life or some emptiness inside you that you can not explain - no matter how well off you may be in life, if you wish to broaden your mind on the beliefs in this world - even if to reinforce your own faith, if you want to live such a life as that of a Buddhist - extreme or not, and if you want to give yourself a chance to experience something life-changing, then I ask you to not hesitate to speak to me.
Asking me questions is no contract, beginning the path is no contract. You may stop at any time and you will never be be told you will be punished by some ancient evil, that your soul is not pure, that you are wrong and be forced to accept what we believe.
I will still love you, still accept you, still be kind to you, still be your friend. There are no strings attached so, please, don't be afraid.
Namasté ❤️

My Dream

Dec. 2nd, 2012 05:47 pm
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I dream of a world where
All people eat together, drink together,
dance together, sing together
Laugh together, play together,
rest together, pray together.
I dream of a world where all love together and all mourn together.

I dream of a world that appreciates the beauty of nature but it blind to the color of skin.
I dream of a world where we pass on our nurture from kin to kin to kin.
I dream of a world where we all appreciate the holy spirit within
and all understand that, hand in hand, all battles we can win.
I dream of a world that understands our unity and appreciates our individuality.

This dream is not so simple, yet so easy at the same time.
A paradox of possibilities, the outcome so sublime.
Look past your daily stresses to the outside of your mind
and you will find the broken line between what's yours and mine.

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