an empathic call to the stalled insights of the heart

2-Pics for Blog Edits15By bringing attention to your mind and body you can make any activity transformative, and thus live more deeply. At its core, transformation requires becoming more conscious, becoming more aware of your own mind. Through this greater self-awareness, you develop the capacity to see more clearly into the minds, feelings, and intentions of others, a skill psychologists call ‘mindsight.’ Ron Valle, transpersonal psychologist, spoke about the value of meditation practice for cultivating the awareness of ‘witness consciousness’- the ability to observe yourself and others in a nonjudgmental manner. ‘I recommend meditation as a practice. It’s a matter of just doing it. I often describe it as being like brushing your teeth: you do it because you do it. You don’t struggle with, ‘Well should I brush my teeth or not?’ or ‘Should I spend one minute or five?’ You just do it. Try it. Then observe and trust your experience. Experience is the bottom line. The second thing, the being-in-the-world part, is to hold the intention: to be aware of that witness or observer as you go through life, no matter what it is you’re doing. It’s the remembering or awareness to observe your mind. By making meditation a living practice, life becomes meditation’…..Cultivating mindful attention and awareness is an act of liberation; it’s a self-determined assertion that you can be free to be who you choose to be, even in a world filled with clinging and cruelty, a world that doesn’t always support creative unfolding. As vipassana meditation teacher Noah Levine tells young people in juvenile detention centers and prisons: ‘being awake and aware is one of the most radical, rebellious things you can do’……Marilyn Mandala Schlitz

and we believe that which is good & true…..

If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double Dahlias in his garden. He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar gold button that has rolled under the cupboard in his bedroom. He will have become aware that he is happy in the course of living 24 crowded hours of the day…..W. Beran Wolfe

there’s no place like home in the heart….how do we find home when we get lost? our vitality, the shine in our eyes, the cycle of cutting away the superficial layers….all of these call us to the trail, to the evocation of deep silence, to the womb of the heart…..never allow the wild soul to die from lack……

I think, most of all, my practice is born out of an absolute intention to live life fully. I do whatever it takes in order for me to show up as best as I can in that energy. It’s often difficult. It’s often very, very difficult. My own life story is one of having made two suicide attempts as a young person, having been raped, and then going through deaths of intimate family and friends, and divorce- you know, the manner of life experiences that we all have. In all of this, I choose as best I can to stay present and conscious to what my options truly are. That’s new. I hadn’t always known that there were options. It used to feel as if I had to live life in reaction to how it showed up for me. And now I’m finding that I’ve always called it into being the way it is. Now I have an opportunity to shift what I’m calling it. It’s seldom as immediate as I would like. But there’s something that calls me to just stay there. To keep chipping away at the parts that I don’t want to continue to experience. And so I think my practice is this chipping away. It’s being still enough to recognize when it’s out of alignment, and courageous enough to know that I can pull it into alignment using the right tools and resources…. Andriette Earl

4 thoughts on “an empathic call to the stalled insights of the heart

  1. Intention vs attraction … Dr David Hawkins teaches us the subtle difference, and oh what a difference. Surely we attract everything our life is about, even the coming and going, but will, free will, is intention guided by the heart and soul. In physics we call it a vector – having magnitude and direction. When we generate only one part, what is called a scalar, we risk it pair coupling with what we attract, rather than what we intend. This is important to meditate on … As above so below …

    • This makes me really ‘feel’ that intention as a force……..I wonder where ‘purity of intention’ falls here…..maybe in simply having a deeper self-awareness…..muddy mind, muddy life……physics is beautiful…..and physics with poetry……a great team g.f.s….

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