This is All a Dream

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Don’t set up the target for an arrow,
looking for places to point your aggression,
to lay your blame for this intensity
that has erupted in you.
You have a choice.
All obstacles are teachers.
All events are learning opportunities.
Do you want to strengthen the habit
by giving your attention to it,
or can you sit with the anger,
be humbled,
and feel compassion for those
who experience the same intensity?
Connect with your heart…
the sense of ME melts,
becomes less sticky,
less solid
and now you can see
that this is all a dream.

The Portal to Your True Self

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Anything that happens
can be used as a means for awakening.
This moment offers you all you need
to take a step forward toward
the clarity you seek.
So, you are depressed?
You are angry?
You feel defeated?
You want to give up?
Breathe it in.
Whatever you are feeling,
make space for it,
breathe it in.
No need to place blame,
to point fingers,
to let someone else be responsible
for your present experience.
Own it.
Breathe it in.
Feel it.
And then…
Breathe out…
peace, relaxation, softening, space.
This one breath you are breathing
is the portal to your true self.

This Very Moment

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This very moment
is our perfect teacher.
We don’t have to ask life
to be more
or less
than it already is.
Abiding in our experience
we open to this moment.
Not asking it to be
something in particular
we welcome it as it is.
True freedom lies
in the swing of up and down
and night and day
and our willingness to move
with all of the waves of being,
not resisting the current
but letting go into it,
residing in the fluidity
of this very moment.

Room for Being

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At the root of all suffering
is an ego that clings.
Remember that nothing is permanent;
it all must go.
Holding on as life slips through your fingers
you deny yourself the experience
of simply being with this moment
just as it is.
So if you must blame anything
for your unhappiness,
blame the clinging…
And then,
start to make friends
with the root of the clinging.
Look at what you’re holding onto,
be brave,
ask yourself, “Why?”
Let go of the illusion of control.
Now you have room for being.

Ready to Give, Ready to Receive

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Just think–
With nothing to hold onto
this moment suddenly becomes
a lot freer.
We can’t make anything freeze
and remain in a changeless state,
yet somehow we desperately want
to believe that we can suppress the change
to preserve our level of comfort, of familiarity.
If everything stayed the same forever,
we could never watch a plant grow from a tiny seed,
we could never experience the change of seasons,
the cycles of night and day,
this fully awakened self in this fresh moment.
When we let go of the illusion of control,
we can move about our daily lives
ready for whatever arises in this moment.
Life can be messy…
instead of fighting
we can embrace the messiness,
and from this soft and tender
open-hearted place
we set down the illusion of control,
empty hands outstretched,
ready to give
ready to receive.

Form and Emptiness

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The world of form is always changing…
holding on to anything
becomes holding on to nothing,
because nothing can be held for long–
it all must change.
Form is therefore emptiness.
What we call one thing
quickly becomes another
in the blink of an eye.
What we perceive as emptiness,
becomes form
as we assign to it qualities:
good, bad, right, wrong,
male, female, night, day.
If we could befriend the emptiness
we wouldn’t need to tell stories about it.
Can you define the undefinable?
Luckily you don’t need to.
Just take a few deep breaths
and feel your aliveness coursing through,
form and formlessness holding hands
on the shores of eternity.

Fearlessness: The Ultimate Freedom

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Holding on to anything
plants seeds of fear
deep in our consciousness
because on a deep level
we know that everything
we now see
will one day be gone.
Look around you.
None of this is permanent.
Nothing is permanent.
So let go of the grasping,
the naive belief
that you can control
this universe and keep
it the way you like.
There is infinite freedom
in letting go.
Sure, you might say,
I want to let go,
but how?
It isn’t a switch that we flick.
We can’t turn on
this power of letting go.
But we can practice
every day
in little ways.
Sit.
In your mind
visualize the things to which
you are most attached.
Think of the people for whom
you hold the greatest affection.
Acknowledge that one day
we must say goodbye to all of these.
If imagining saying goodbye to a loved one
Strikes terror in your heart,
start small.
Start with your favorite kind
of potato chip,
or your favorite television show.
You don’t actually have to
get rid of them on the concrete level.
Just imagine letting go.
Each letting go
whether real or imagined
contributes to our fearlessness,
the ultimate freedom.