‘Meditation’ can mean all kinds of things. It’s a word that includes any kind of mental practices, good or bad. But when I use this word, what I’m mainly using it for is that sense of centering, that sense of establishing, resting in the center. The only way that one can really do that is not to try and think about it and analyze it; you have to trust in just a simple act of attention, of awareness. It’s so simple and so direct that our complicated minds get very confused. “What’s he talking about? I’ve never seen any still point. I’ve never found a still point in me. When I sit and meditate, there’s nothing still about it.” But there’s an awareness of that. Even if you think you’ve never had a still point or you’re a confused, messed-up character that really can’t meditate, trust in the awareness of that very perception. […]
Awareness is your refuge:
Awareness of the changingness of feelings,
of attitudes, of moods, of material change
and emotional change:
Stay with that, because it’s a refuge that is
It’s not something that changes.
It’s a refuge you can trust in.
This refuge is not something that you create.
It’s not a creation. It’s not an ideal.
It’s very practical and very simple, but
easily overlooked or not noticed.
When you’re mindful,
you're beginning to notice,
it’s like this.
-- Ajahn Sumedho, from "Intuitive Awareness"
This takes one to a highter level of understanding 'mindfulness'
Beautifully worded and explained and satisfactorily ended with a gentle touch.
In mindfulness all divisions end; no black and white, no back and forth, no conscious and unconscious, no beginning and end.
just the sound of silence, the movement of stillness.
My family calls me Pancho and I'd like you to know that I love you all.
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Thank you so much for posting this piece. this does not omnly inspire but keeps pple moving on with an insight for a better 2morow.
If we wish to find the center of unchanging stillness (this is not an idle intellectual question)
If we really, desperately wish to be there
then we need to drop from our vocabulary words like incredible, awesome, mind boggling and all the superlatives with which we describe this state.
these are all judgments made from the safety of our limited experiences of life and indicate a desire to cling to those experiences.
We have to finally accept that the glorious life is outside this limited and limiting box.
Without this the process doesn't begin.
With this done the process ends.