It would be great and wonderful if just accepting the moment as is, without doing anything, was the end of the story, but as everybody knows, it’s not quite this simple. We also need to respond to each moment, to act; that’s part of relationship, too. We find ourselves having to respond- to the environment, to the events and situations around us, and to other human beings. This is actually where the rubber meets the road. This is where we can most clearly see how deep our experience of this ground truly is. How thoroughly have we returned to stillness? What we come to see is that there is nothing quite like our day-to-day to relationships to show us where we really are, to show us firsthand our level of realization. Out of this ground of being, what we’ve seen is that we can’t actually look to thoughts to tell us what’s ultimately true and real. When we realize that what we think and say isn’t ultimately the truth, then what we think and say can always adapt itself to the moment. This, in fact, is what “wise action” is. ~Adyashanti
what keeps us from seeing clearly is so much about expectation…….when we allow these disturbances to simply be natural experiences, we can then see it for what it is and ease a little…..
inquiry for today~ what is your wise action today? how did you find it?
Make a place of prayer, no fuss,
just lean into the white brilliance
and say what you needed to say
all along, nothing too much, words
as simple and as yours and as heard
as the bird song above your head
or the river running gently beside yo.Unquestionably, there are very sad things in the world right now, and in my life right now, but grumbling doesn’t make anything better. In fact, it makes things worse. The Buddha taught, “Every mind moment conditions the next.” Grumbling gets the mind bogged down in the weariness of its own story. Happiness pulls it back out and gets it going again. Sharon Salzberg, from whom I learned lovingkindness meditation, would end our teacher-student interviews by saying, “Remember, Sylvia, be happy!” For a long time I thought it was the casual “Have a good day” that Californians routinely say. After a while I realized it was an instruction. ~Sylvia Boorstein