“Addiction is a metaphor for the human condition.” – Joan Tollifson cf Eckart Tolle’s ‘the human condition, lost in thought’.
Joan Tollifson ‘Painting the Sidewalk with Water’ Interview by Renate McNay
She is the author of ‘Bare-Bones Meditation: Waking Up from the Story of My Life’, ‘Awake in the Heartland’, ‘Painting the Sidewalk with Water’ and ‘Nothing to Grasp’.
Joan points to the most obvious and impossible to avoid: the ever-present, ever-changing present moment. She also talks about her disability and compulsive, habitual behaviour and her biggest relief… that there is nowhere to go and nothing to become.
Toni Packer was her Teacher.
Every breath is a chance to be reborn spiritually.
But to be reborn into a new life, you have to die before dying.
~ Shams (allegedly)
If you die in this love your soul will be renewed.
Die, die, don’t fear the death of that which is known.
If you die to the temporal you will become timeless.
Die, die, cut off those chains that hold you prisoner to the world of attachment.
Die, die, die to the deathless and you will be eternal.
Die, die, come out of this cloud.
When you leave the cloud,
you will be the effulgent moon
Die, die, die to the din and noise of mundane concerns.
In the silence of love you will find the spark of life.
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