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We Are All Beggars, by Chaz Howard

FaceBook  On Sep 14, 2021 Gururaj wrote:
On closer hearing of the piece, i understood the author to imply that any feeling of want in us makes us beggars in a way. It's intriguing enough to explore whether the opposite , a feeling of being in no-want, could be a natural state...A task comes to mind , in the context of interacting with another - when a feeling of lack comes within , be generous and 'give' to the other instead of expecting something.

We Are All Beggars, by Chaz Howard

FaceBook  On Sep 14, 2021 Gururaj wrote:
"...believe in the potential for redemption." ( Of me and the other )....Yes, that helps. However I wish this inspires me to actually, in-the-moment see the truth of the statement "Fear is the garden of sin" ? as it arises. Fear , and its myriad shades and variants , including hurt, it seems to me, arises from the almost instinctive need to protect "me" . Often Sin follows from this unconscious and , sometimes deliberate , psychological state In me. This seeing will create the space for a more appropriate response

We Actually Never Experience 'It', by Culadasa

FaceBook  On Sep 3, 2021 Gururaj wrote:
One experience of breaking one little construct of the mind was, of late, for me (by the way, that 'me' was convenient for putting in this sentence) in taking cold water baths....It's just a sensation. The belief earlier was that it's a discomfort...
Now I ( another convenient little letter this 'I') am observing a tendency to subtly boast about this discovery...
Thanks for this article which has the potential to weaken the constructed self provided the seeing of the dynamics sharpens

A Fixed Place To Stand, by Richard Rohr

FaceBook  On May 18, 2021 Gururaj wrote:
Having been born as an earthling my fulcrum is by default based near the earth. In fact it appears most of the time to be on the earth itself and I have almost no leverage except the brute force I can summon of my physicality and basic being force. The action and results of my efforts are short-sighted, bigoted, usually unwise - amplifiedmanifold if all others around me are of the same level of being. And a lot of effort is needed, expended and there will be burn out.

However as my perspective broadens and my being evolves, not only does the fulcrum shift a bit away from the 'earth' but the capacity for leverage also increases in proportion to the intensification of the contemplativeand non-identified statein me. My perspective progressivelycan become global, cosmic and ,potentially, even divine ('Thy will' does get done). And the personal energy and what can be evoked in others, I have heard, becomes as though connected to a large reservoir.

Not Taking Things Personally, by Mark Manson

FaceBook  On Feb 19, 2021 Gururaj wrote:
My ( hey, there crops up "me" :)- ) attention was drawn to the Moebius strip in the image with this piece. Birth, (identified) experience, death - and endless repetitions thereof... One comes back again and again to the same point and route. These lines from Mark Manson - when pondered deeply and if arousing a disengaged perception for good - may just be a starting point to get free.

Solitude Is Where Community Begins, by Henri Nouwen

FaceBook  On Jan 28, 2021 Guru Raj wrote:
Very moving lines ...."To forgive other people for being able to give you only a little love -- that’s a hard discipline. To keep asking others for forgiveness because you can give only a little love -- that’s a hard discipline, too."
One of the best Awakinpieces I have read in recent months- Thanks to the creator/author and contributor here - and the Reflections on it which have preceded mine.
Actually, when I am a bit closer to the hub - rarely (thanks to a dynamic solitude) it is hard not to be connected and loving. The difference is stark as i drift to the usual peripheral existence.

The Broken Among Us Teach Us, by Bryan Stevenson

FaceBook  On Jan 14, 2021 Guru Raj wrote:
The context or focus of this piece is on change-agents gathering themselves in the face of difficult odds and persevering despite their all too human reactions engendering some dis-empowerment. It is quite inspiring and true.
When "broken-ness" is taken out to a wider context, it occurred to me that the abusive boss, the megalomaniac leader, the rapacious businessman or any person in power in various situations behaving unconsciously - are too all "broken" in a way. The only difference is that they acquire or get to keep some material or psychological advantage over the other "broken" persons. Most of us will find ourselves switching between these positions - oppressor and the oppressed - in small ways.
I have found it valuable to see this dynamic and keep working to get an acceptance and equanimity and in-the-moment awareness and responsiveness. It is a long scale of evolution and much patience is needed.

The Broken Among Us Teach Us, by Bryan Stevenson

FaceBook  On Jan 14, 2021 Guru Raj wrote:
"To hold space for that rebuilding to happen is more important ...." . Very true. Good point RP.
I suspect the author may not really be "glorifying" weakness ( or more accurately, habitual inappropriateness in a situation or responsibility). The struggle and persistence of the "broken" must be really what he must be appreciating. Yes, it is not explicit in this extract.

Parliament Of Subconscious Minds, by John Yates

FaceBook  On Dec 4, 2020 Gururaj wrote:
The principle of multiple "I"s ( called here as "sub-minds" ) in our psyche is a key idea that I came across first in the 4th Way literature (expounded first by Gurdjieff). Self observation and reflection did reveal the presence in me of various types of inclinations and urges triggered by different circumstances and also in play in the same circumstance as well. Maybe it's more pronounced in me leading to there always being delay in decisions and also vacillation and tendency to change after a decision has been made ( which one I in me justifies as considering all options :)- ).
The new idea I heard here from John Yates was that the wordless impulse ( discrimination ?) emerges first in mind matter and only thereafter thoughts are formulated around it...
This piece implies, and it has been my experience as well rarely, that the unconscious discriminating mind momentarily evolves to have a higher consciousness thanks to which this dynamic of the mind is actually seen - usually helped by meditation, good quality presence/ mindfulness and quiet pondering of profound ideas

Four Types Of Listening, by Otto Scharmer

FaceBook  On Jun 19, 2020 Gururaj M wrote:
These patterns of listening exist almost similarly when I am going through written matter.
The fourth type , when invoked by my total attention and attitude of pondering with all my capacities , is of great benefit when i read words from or about persons who have experienced exalted states and felt finer realities. The words would have been written to convey that finer reality. But the state can be glimpsed by the reader, if at all, only when a 'generative' immersion takes place. I read a line and stop. Try to feel what the words call up in me. Come back to the words repeatedly , sometimes over many days with a full faith that the author has touched something profound which is yet not experienced by me.
Grateful to the author and Awakin circle for this piece which has the potential to make my listening conscious and skillful.

Four Types Of Listening, by Otto Scharmer

FaceBook  On Jun 19, 2020 Gururaj wrote:
These words of yours struck a chord. "What helps me consciously choose my level of listening is my level of tiredness, my level of care, my level of interest, my level of trust."

For me , when I am unconscious and reacting in set ways then the "download" listening happens and often a reply gets prepared in me stemming from that pre-habituated opinion about the speaker.

To Find Something, Don't Look For It, by Robin Wall Kimmerer

FaceBook  On May 21, 2020 Gururaj wrote:
Becoming aware , suddenly, that I am aware , is also a shift or widening of sorts in perception.

The Liminal Space, by Heather Platt

FaceBook  On Feb 18, 2020 Gururaj wrote:
When I 'hold' the space rightly am I allowing something beyond my habitual response to 'inform' me ?

The Anatomy Of Falling, by Michael Singer

FaceBook  On Jan 2, 2020 Gururaj wrote:
For me "hitting the blockage" ( seemed to me as an odd phrase, but got what it intends to convey) occurs with three types of 'resistance' objects - one - an inert thing, like an equipment to be dismantled; two - when I need to wrestle with my organism , like when I wake up feeling lousy after deficient sleep and ; three - when the 'blockage' arises due to another person's actions.
For the first situation, the successful overcoming has happened(not often) when I have given up my frustration, relaxed my muscles and breathing and focussed attention on what needs to be done.
For the second situation useful (and true) affirmations have helped. For the case of feeling lousy on waking up due to lack of rest, I tell myself that even the daytime nourishes my organism, why assume that only good sleep is needed. Often it works out.The jobs on hand get done. The third situation is the toughest and I am getting glimpses of breakthroughs by (a) recognizing that being present very alertly is necessary and (b) much stronger and deeper affirmations are necessary - like this obstacle is an opportunity to work on my being, or my being belongs to the Creator, it is a temple entrusted to me to be kept clean, and so on . This article is very inspiring and helpful for the 3rd type of situations, for adding to my 'arsenal' of affirmations.
One point needs to be noted - not to let go of the aim or intention. What are to be let go off (in the moments they are gaining strength) are only my reactions from habit.

When My Life Is In Danger, by Christina Feldman

FaceBook  On Nov 6, 2019 Raj wrote:
Instances - In early college years, just sitting near a class mate (who was sobbing after losing his father) while the others kept away as they probably felt uncomfortable.
Simpler ones - shifting any creature back to its natural habitat after it has strayed and is unable to get back. Stopping my journey to help anyone struggling in some way, as carrying a heavy load.
Sometimes I see the fact of not being compassionate to and accepting of - myself.
It helps to step out of little sufferings, with no substantial basis, by considering that ' I ' am the trustee and caretaker of the life energy in me and that it needs to be kept light and clean.