The aim of dialogue is not for everyone to finish up and leave the room with the same opinion. Far more important is our shared state of mind. When everyone suspends their assumptions and opinions, we share a common consciousness.
What led me to abandon the notion of original sin was becoming a dad—and listening to Bubba Free John.
Even spiritual teachers with genuine insight can harm you. Keep your crap detector handy.
What helps me: asking better questions, returning to the present moment, and remembering the Serenity Prayer.
Surprisingly, it’s often possible to reduce a 50,000- or 100,000-word book to a single page or paragraph of pure power. That’s enough to capture the essence that matters to you.
“When you experience a little space between your thoughts and the consciousness which is the background for thought, thoughts begin to lose their power over you. With dis-identification comes choice…. this kind of choice is synonymous with true freedom.”
When an idea such as mindfulness ignites so quickly and spreads so widely, we benefit by returning to its historical origins. Then we can check for current misunderstandings.
The point of Buddhist meditation is to stop warring with our internal experience — to stop demanding that we feel differently than we actually do in any given moment.
Emotions bubble up to the surface as discrete changes in breathing and physical sensation. Watching them allows me to hit the pause button before I respond to what other people say and do.