S.c.o.p.e your meditation-
Show up with a pad of paper and a pen.
Calm you body, mind and spirit with a few minutes of deep breathing.
Observe your inner and outer world. Make note on paper of inner thoughts or feelings or outer perceptions (sights, sounds, smells). Let the flow be free.
Play with one or more of the lines you wrote down in the step above. See if you can add another line that shifts the meaning in a surprising way. If not, rework the first line or choose another one to play with. Keep playing your way from stanza to stanza.
Enjoy what shows up.
have we forgotten how to travel without a coat? without a map to dull the journey? have we forgotten how to delight in surprises? let go of fear? how to not worry about tomorrow?
“I don’t believe in positive thinking. I believe in realistic thinking,” says Rick Hanson, a neuropsychologist, who also teaches mindfulness mediation. Be upset when you’re upset, sad when you’re sad, angry when you’re angry. At the same time, intentionally cultivate inner resources that will not just help you cope, but will allow you to become more content with your life, regardless of changing circumstances. There is real happiness, to be sure. It just doesn’t look the way most of us have been conditioned to think, which is precisely what sages have been telling us for millenia. “Awe uniquely predicts happiness,” says Dacher Keltner, a psychology professor at UC Berkeley. After all, who doesn’t treasure experiences such as tonight’s sunset, in which our sense of being a small, separate self loosens and even temporarily dissolves into the mystery and grandeur of the moment? “The fact that awe promotes healthier levels of cytokines suggests anything we can do to foster it- a walk in nature or listening to great music or spending time around people who inspire us- has a direct effect upon our health and life expectancy,” Keltner explains. In the big sweepstakes of what makes us the most happy, awe may be the champion.”…..Barbara Graham
Dogmas- religious, political, scientific- arise out of the erroneous belief that thought can encapsulate reality or the truth. Dogmas are collective conceptual prisons. And the strange thing is that people love their prison cells because they give them a sense of security and a false sense of “I know.” Nothing has inflicted more suffering on humanity than its dogmas. It is true that every dogma crumbles sooner or later, because reality will eventually disclose its falseness; however, unless the basic delusion of it is seen for what it is, it will be replaced by others. What is this basic delusion? Identification with thought. The realm of consciousness is much vaster than thought can grasp. When you no longer believe everything you think, you step out of thought and see clearly that the thinker is not who you are…..Eckhart Tolle