panatmansam:

All life and thus all consciousness exists at the cellular level. You are just a colony of cells designed by evolution to carry around this amazing brain which serves as a kind of lens, that is a means of focus and concentration of consciousness into a tight beam of self awareness. 

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"The unreal is more powerful than the real. Because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. Because it’s only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People, well, they die. But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on. If you can change the way people think, the way they see themselves, the way they see the world — you can change the way people live their lives. That’s the only lasting thing you can create."

— Chuck Palahniuk (via purplebuddhaproject)

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comegudincoa asked: Hey, I also have a question. Sometimes when I try to clear my mind and let my thoughts just fly around me and just observe them, i get flooded by these really weird thoughts like..gore-ish stuff and these i push away, but they return even if i try to let them go or if i try to push them away. So I have to stop and try clearing my head another time. Do you have any suggestion on how to stop this or what it could mean? Thanks

lazyyogi:

Firstly, please check out a response I wrote yesterday regarding the fallacy of “clearing the mind.”

Secondly, during meditation the nature of a thought doesn’t matter. Just as you do not need to scrutinize each scrap of garbage when taking out the trash, you do not need to evaluate your thoughts during meditation. All you have to do is witness them. 

Thoughts are not reality. When we confuse thoughts with reality, we start fearing and rejecting certain kinds of thoughts while clinging to other kinds. So long as you enact that confusion, you will remain confused.

Right now you are reacting with aversion toward these gory thoughts because you are either afraid of the thought itself or you are afraid of what that thought may indicate about who you are deep down. 

Thoughts, be they conscious or subconscious, have no power to reveal who you truly are. They cannot purify you nor can they stain you. So what does their presence or absence matter? What matters is whether you take yourself to be your thoughts and whether you take thoughts to be real. 

I know of many people who, when coming into the presence of a saint or guru, often experience a tumult of sexual or violent thoughts. This is a churning to the surface of that which has been repressed. If you don’t try to control the experience but simply witness it with mindfulness, it will purify them. If you struggle with such an experience, rejecting those thoughts and feelings, then they will persist. 

To truly let go of a thought does not mean that the thought disappears. It means that you abide as you are regardless of whether or not that thought arises. 

There is no such thing as an unacceptable thought. Violence, fear, incest, jealousy, whatever. They’re all just thoughts, aggregates that come together out of nothingness. 

Knowing this, you do not need to make them go away. Instead, you change the way you relate to your thoughts. 

When a repulsive thought arises, you stay with it. You give it space and you witness it so long as it is there. You don’t analyze it nor wonder what it may mean. You remain attentive and composed without preference.

As a result, the thought will not stick to you nor will you get caught up with that thought. This is not a goal that you should aim for nor something you should try to do. I am simply stating this so that you understand the impermanent nature of thoughts.

The first aim of meditation is to be where you are, relaxed and alert. The second aim is to change the way you relate to your thoughts. You don’t prefer one thought to another, nor do you direct your thoughts in any way. You abide and witness with no goal. Think of it like observing a piece of art for the first time. You just look. 

Lastly, meditation is silent and still. You are the silence and stillness. Even if thoughts arise, you remain as silence and stillness. Then the thoughts will go the same way they came. 

All of these aspects occur in various combinations. Some meditations are silent and peaceful, others are chaotic, and others are peaceful amidst the chaos. Regardless, there is no difference between them. You are you and the meditation is the meditation. 

This becomes self-evident with daily practice. There is no goal to meditation other than sitting still long enough to see things as they are in this moment. All of the “benefits” of meditation manifest as a side-effect. Don’t worry about them, don’t seek them. Once you have decided to take up a meditation practice, surrender to that decision. Then just meditate. 

Namaste :) Hope this helped. 

"The ego is a monkey catapulting through the jungle: totally fascinated by the realm of the senses, it swings from one desire to the next, one conflict to the next, one self-centered idea to the next. If you threaten it, it actually fears for its life. Let this monkey go. Let the senses go. Let desires go. Let conflicts go. Let ideas go. Let the fiction of life and death go. Just remain in the center, watching. And then forget that you are there."

— Lao Tzu (via ashramof1)

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"Ego is constantly attempting to acquire and apply the teachings of spirituality for its own benefit."

— Chogyam Trungpa (via beherenowandzen)

"There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will."

— Epictetus (via panatmansam)

"Everything depends upon your readiness and willingness to let go into the Unknown, and live from that mysterious and precious condition. You must want to know the truth more than you want to feel secure in order to fully awaken to the fact that you are nothing but ‘Awakeness’ itself."

 Adyashanti

Meditation Masters

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stumblingstones:

The truth is that waking up can be a disturbing process. Who really wants to find out that everything they thought was real was nothing but a pocket full of dreams? Who wants to find out that everything they hold onto and cling to is the very reason they suffer? Who really wants to find out that…

"True meditation is letting go of manipulating our experience."

— Adyashanti (via childrenofthetao)

"All we really want in the end is to be connected once again with the Truth of our being, to realize what it is that wears this mask of self."

— Adyashanti (via in-a-wonderland-they-lie)