what is discernment


There is a vast invisible blade of glass; it cuts through the world and beyond the world. On the surface of this thin transparent plane, we see all that is conceivable, imaginable, perceptible. We are looking at a vast, shimmering mural. Its beginning and end are unknowable. We may think of this transparent plane as consciousness or as awareness or as any other way of knowing. What appears on this plane is a reduction of vaster and more unknowable realities for which our mind provides no set of references. These are sights beyond the spectra we can see, music beyond sounds anyone can hear and patterns anyone can comprehend, harmonies beyond form, language beyond grammar and words, knowing beyond consciousness, intensities beyond the framework of heart, brain, senses, and nerves. A consort of Emperor Sushun sang:

Higher than the king’s house,

Finer than silk.


Ungraspable as smoke.

~Douglas Penick

you never really saw a sunset…..you just experienced yourself being in a sunset…..

inquiry for today~    how will you present yourself in this day? how will it reflect your sweetness?

time lapse

The Thai meditation master Ajahn Chah once motioned to a glass at his side. “Do you see this glass?” he asked. “I love this glass. It holds the water admirably. When the sun shines on it, it reflects the light beautifully. When I tap it, it has a lovely ring. Yet for me, this glass is already broken. When the wind knocks it over or my elbow knocks it off the shelf and it falls to the ground and shatters, I say, ‘Of course.’ But when I understand that this glass is already broken, every minute with it is precious.”   ~Frank Ostaseski

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