the day as something alive

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Becoming arises as an expression of incompleteness. Being is whole- lacking nothing, needing nothing. Becoming blocks the recognition and experience of being. Each time attention zooms through this condition in the cycle, we trade a mask for the truth. Sit for a bit more, if you wish, in a mind even more quieted, even more able to see clearly. Looking even more deeply, we can ask, can I remain here, nameless, in this silent moment? What pulls me away? And, each time we notice the tug out of here, out of now, the tug back into self, simply surrender the impulse and the pattern of becoming, surrender the wish for any identity other than our own true nature, the awareness in which we rest. Rest. Rest without the need to become. Rest in Being.     ~Kathleen Dowling Singh

we don’t really know what being embodied really means……it’s about as alive as we can possibly be…..

inquiry for today~    reflect on how you can be a little less critical of yourself……then follow a sense of ease into the day…..a little…..a little more…..

to feel the tightness

In traditional mindfulness practice, one learns to let go, over and over, the thoughts and feelings that arise, no matter what they are. That itself is the practice. By contrast, in Focusing we consciously choose to stay with a felt sense. Staying with it, “sitting beside it” with a friendly, gentle and patient attitude, we help the felt sense- which starts out as murky or subtle or evanescent- to emerge with greater clarity and stability. As if adjusting a pair of binoculars, we help it to come into better focus. At this point we can be in relationship to that something, that part of us, and begin a process of inquiry that allows the felt sense itself to open and give us fresh insights and energy with which to release places that are stuck. If meditation shows us how to move from habitual consciousness, with all of its discursive thinking and emotional ups and downs, into a place of stillness, insight, and timeless wisdom, Focusing brings us more into our own particular time and place, with the skills we need to overcome specific obstacles and to survive and thrive in the “marketplace,” the world of everyday activity. Focusing gives us a key for operationalizing wisdom and compassion in our own unique, individual lives.     ~David Rome

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