When you see through your rackets and strong suits, you are left without a personal identity. From that holy void, you can complete the past and create a new future.
“The rain has stopped. The afternoon sun slants through the pine trees: and how those useless needles smell in the clear air!”
There’s a peace that comes to pass when we let go of our absolute and irrational demands.
Genuine insight, decades of spiritual practice, and unethical behavior can coexist in the same person.
We can analyze the experience of fear into three basic elements and observe them during meditation.
You can’t just command yourself to stop feeling upset. But in any moment, you can change your breathing to make it deeper, slower, quieter, and more regular.
“Because the psychedelic agent is external to yourself, its use tends to subtly reinforce in you a feeling that you are not enough,” Ram Dass wrote. “Ultimately, of course, at the end of the path you come to realize that you have been Enough all the way along.”
“…one studies, one watches, without the desire to change what is…. The day you attain a posture like that, you will experience a miracle. You will change — effortlessly, correctly.”
This sacred text describes wu wei — “non-doing,” a kind of behavior that is spontaneous, effortless, and selfless.
Imagine that Lao Tzu came back to life and we tried to explain time management and goal setting to him. He might smirk and then say something like this.