Tuesday, August 18, 2015

When everything is happiness

This is where we are heading. We might not be there yet, but the potential is in all of is. It's a sublime state of mind. It comes and goes. Most of us will get there in the end. The real question is: how much of our life do we want to spend there?

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Lojong mind training

I appeared to have ended up in the world of mind training and it's a good way of keeping the mind away from the dark side. You can invent your own system, but you could also just adopt something like the lojong mind training phrases - they are fairly comprehensive but some of them require some extra curricular knowledge to know what they are going on about. In essence, your mind training program should cover :

- a body mind technique like meditation or yoga or tai chi
- a pointer to the unborn / zero mind
- positive reinforcement
- wise behaviour
- an expanded, no self sense of the world
- wholesome thoughts

Hmm, that's probably enough.

You might think that you don't need mind training because it seems to working just fine as it is. However, there's more to life than what your mind is giving you. You don't want to miss the other marvellous things on offer, do you?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The power of mindfulness

Mindfulness is everywhere these days and I've avoided using it on this blog for no real good reason. However I do find it more and more useful these days so I thought I'd write a little about it. Mindfulness is the relaxed, detached awareness of events passing through the mind. Once you have tuned into this mode of operation, you effectively have no problems - you are outside whatever is bothering you. This is where I find power in mindfulness.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

The thing underneath it all

Investigation is a good way to blow your mind. We inquire into something, like 'who am I', and we go to very, very interesting places - which is quite handy if you can't get out much.

So let's go somewhere interesting:

- I have a mind. I see things, hear things, think things.
- I can hear a sound and not think about it. Just sounds, coming and going.
- The same with thoughts and sights - although your eyes might go funny and things might disappear
- We might recognise the movement of the mind to recognise things. 
- We might recognise the mind just letting things go
- We might see the activity of the mind. Coloured lights or other speckled rushes.
- if we hang out there, we let go.
- we might see our self forming out of this activity
- we might see awareness forming
- we might not bother to have any awareness form. We are just a light thing.
- now, we might sense that there is a fabric of reality underlying all this activity. It's what everything is made of - the thing beneath it all
- if you've got this far in my post, well done
- there's a sense that if we go there, we go beyond the normal bounds, we go to other
- we hang back, we don't want to go bonkers. It's something we'll come back to

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

It's easy to feel good

I've been hammering away at this feel good stuff for a few years now and there's nothing new under the sun. I've been finding books written over a hundred years ago that basically say the same things. So, it turns out it's not the message that changes, it's how it is delivered and who the audience is. This brings it down to a kind of marketing exercise.

Anyway, it is easy to feel good.

Forget tomorrow.

Forgive yourself.

Say yes a lot.

Breath deep and relax.

Forget tomorrow.

It's OK.

You did well.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Immerse yourself in a hundred thousand blessings

The good news is that if you are a mouse, recalling happy memories will relieve you of depression. As humans, the same thing applies. Why stop at one happy memory? Immerse yourself in many blessings and live from that place. Your mind will never be the same again.