Thoughts are the fossils of the living reality of life’s experience. They freeze the flow of direct experience, shattering the stream into the illusion of an experiencer who stands apart from and experienced object. Understanding this dilemma, the contemplative traditions have developed many methods for enabling individuals to free themselves from confusion and illusion in order to encounter reality directly in its pristine nakedness.
Thoughts are thoughts. Stories are stories. And reality is reality. Reflective meditation helps us to recognize the ways we create and construct our world with our concepts. Looking deeply into our mind, the structures of our thoughts are revealed, assumptions are questioned, and confusions and illusions are unraveled. Reflective meditation teaches us to appreciate the relativity of our thoughts and the stories that we tell ourselves. In the process we come to understand the difference between the reality of ourselves, others, and our world, and the stories that our thinking minds weave about those realities.
To mindfully recognize the reality of thoughts as expressions of a deeper reality of our being, to consciously engage in the thinking process in a more coherent and natural manner, and to maintain a presence of mind deeper than thoughts, is a fine art few people dream of mastering.
~Joel Levey & Michelle Levey
there’s never been a better time to believe in something so simple….
inquiry for today~ you are wholehearted, free from the confines of your projections- you are many-faceted, like the sharpness of your diamond-like thoughts……
A difficult paradox in the life of feeling is that when we are most sensitive, the heart is at its strongest.
When strong enough to endure life’s irritations, the soul we carry can issue a pearl. If able to endure the pressures that life puts on us, the heart can be compressed into a small diamond. the word, diamond, from the ancient Greek adamas, means “unbreakable.” When most sensitive, we’re being compressed into what is unbreakable.
We resist this process of being irritated into a pearl, of being pressurized into a diamond. Yet each of us has to feel our way into the authenticity of a self from which to meet others and the world, only to be opened beyond the confines of a single self, so we can be renewed and vitalized by what we have in common. Once open to how everything goes together, we start to see that we’re shaped and carried by life itself.