Conscious attention shows us the world with ruthless sincerity, stripped of the illusions and the fabrications with which we usually clothe it. Our dreams and nightmares vanish: we are awake. At a basic level, conscious attention is a therapeutic tool. Being conscious in the here and now encourages us to see the world as it is, not as we would like it to be. This attitude- rater than a lengthy analysis- is a powerful way of dispelling anxieties and obsessions. The great protagonist within us, cynic or moralist, rational or romantic, cheerful or depressed, steps aside. Then life appears as if seen through the eyes of a child waking up from sleep, innocent. When we free ourselves of stereotypes and abstractions, we live in a richer and more interesting world…..Piero Ferrucci
to be in the know about how to wake closer to the heart is elusive and vague when we give away our lives…..our sweetness aligns with the honesty of breath, with the loves that touch us deeply and with roots that cannot be denied….our truths are alive….
I should be content
to look at a mountain
for what it is
and not as a comment
on my life.
When we fall out of clarity and authenticity, as we inevitably will, there are renewable risks that can bring us back into relationship with the life around us. These constant choices to re-enter the stream of life are more plentiful than I can describe. And no matter how small they may seem, daring to take three ordinary risks will lead us away from being self-centered and back to being present and touchable, back to living and leading with our hearts- the risk to see, the risk to attend, and the risk to be touched. To be enlivened and to belong are the gifts of giving and receiving, brought forth by the renewable risks that keep the world going……Mark Nepo