When we are simply attentive to the raw data of sensory experience, we cultivate a quality of bare attention that is free of concepts, that doesn’t make more out of something than it actually is, that doesn’t build a story around the experience or analyze the experience or imagine a different or better scenario. It is a way of being that is free from attachment to our preferences, neither wanting nor avoiding a particular experience. This state is a key to freedom.
True freedom isn’t dependent on fixing the external world to our liking. We experience an inner freedom when we relate to the world with clarity and equanimity. We can find peace anywhere, even in the midst of difficulty. It all depends on our relationship to what is happening.
By staying with our raw sensory experience, we cease to see the world through our concepts and subsequent fears. We learn to meet our experience just as it is. There is profound peace in this quality of presence.
what do you see when you remember how to notice being alive?
inquiry for today~ here and there and everywhere…like a Dr. Seuss poem….it’s all a little silly and it still makes perfect sense…..
Deep peace of the running wave to you, of water flowing,
rising and falling,
sometimes advancing, sometimes receding.
May the stream of your life flow unimpeded!
Deep peace of the running wave to you!