‘The Light of Discovery’ – Essays and articles that affirm the power of being present now – By Toni Packer

‘The Light of Discovery’ – Essays and articles that affirm the power of being present now – By Toni Packer

“To really be with the raw stuff of this moment doesn’t need identification or labeling. We don’t need to know it. Just being has nothing to do with expectation. It has nothing to do with a goal. Having a goal is already moving away. From what? What are we moving away from? We think we can’t bear it — the boredom, the depression, the pain. We feel it’s too awful, too difficult. It’s not the ‘spiritual work’ we imagine. But these are all thoughts, feelings, labels. What is the real thing — this instant of not expecting anything!”

So writes Toni Packer, a former Zen teacher who now teaches and runs retreats at Springwater Center in Springwater, New York. She is the author of ‘The Work of This Moment’ and ‘The Wonder of Presence’ and ‘the Way of Meditative Inquiry’……..

It takes practice to listen and look carefully at what is going on in and around us. The brain is constantly active creating associations, feelings, reactions, judgments, and impulses. Packer shows the many ways we try to escape from the present moment through goals, expectations, competition, effort, old tapes, the stories we tell, comparisons, and remedies for improvement.

In an essay titled “The Quest for Enlightenment,” Packer reveals how even a good thing can be covered over with the ego, labeling, and craving an experience.

She ends with the admission:

“It’s such a relief to realize that we don’t have to be anything.”

In “Helping Others,” the author affirms the power of truly being present with other human beings in tough times without an agenda or wanting or resisting anything.

Source of full review – http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/book-reviews/view/16690/the-light-of-discovery

Author: Roger - Dr Roger Prentice

Now I write, teach & coach mainly about interfaith as inter-spirituality - and how we can grow closer to our True Self. . As anyone who knows anything about IPF will realize my energy is curtailed - so I am concentrating primarily on 'inter-spirituality'. . In the past I would have said that: . 1) I run courses and give talks at conferences and in universities and colleges in the UK, China, USA, Canada, Scandinavia etc. . 2) I provide materials, outlines and lessons for Schools. . 3) My range of interests include personal development, learning and teaching, photography and film, the arts generally, spirituality and educational practice and theory. . 4) At the same time I continue developing the human-centred studies SunWALK PDS (People Development System) - a whole-person, high-achievement model for individuals, and for use in, NGOs, schools and other organizations. . 5) The key question that continues to animate me and my work remains, "What is it to be fully and positively human?" . Contact me via onesummit AT gmail DOT com (replace At with@ etc.). . All good wishes Roger (Dr Roger Prentice) . For those interested; My first degree is in English and Education. My masters is in Adult and Community Education. My doctorate presented a new holistic meta-model of education called SunWALK.

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