How many breaths do you have left?

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…..we only have a limited time here on earth (and therefore, a limited amount of breaths. A person who lives to 80 takes about 672 million breaths in their lifetime), why not pause now and ask yourself what you want to spend your breaths on. How do you want to live? How do you want to treat yourself and this one, gorgeous, precious life you have? –

Geneen Roth – www.GeneenRoth.com

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The much-loved Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh says;

“Our breathing is a stable solid ground that we can take refuge in. Regardless of our internal weather- our thoughts, emotions and perceptions- our breathing is always with us like a faithful friend. Whenever we feel carried away, or sunken in a deep emotion, or scattered in worries and projects, we return to our breathing to collect and anchor our mind.

We feel the flow of air coming in and going out of our nose. We feel how light and natural, how calm and peaceful our breathing functions. At any time, while we are walking, gardening, or typing, we can return to this peaceful source of life.

We may like to recite:

“Breathing in I know that I am breathing in.
Breathing out I know that I am breathing out.”

We do not need to control our breath. Feel the breath as it actually is. It may be long or short, deep or shallow. With our awareness it will naturally become slower and deeper. Conscious breathing is the key to uniting body and mind and bringing the energy of mindfulness into each moment of our life.”

 

See HERE

ROGER’S COMMENT: Whether we have a 100 million breaths left or one the purpose is to bring us back to ‘whole-person oneness’ in the now – which is to bring us back to presence, Nirvana, Bliss, Heaven, Ultimate Reality, God.

 

 

 

 

On not serving tea – by a Zen master

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ON NOT SERVING TEA

Leave your front door and your back door open

Allow your thoughts to come and go.

Just don’t serve them tea.

Shunryu Suzuki

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More about Shunryu Suzuki – HERE

 

 

If you have any interest in HEALTH don’t miss this BBC program ‘The Dr who gave up drugs’

If you have any interest in HEALTH don’t miss this BBC prog  ‘The Dr who gave up drugs’

Episode 1 is on iPlayer

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b07w532p/the-doctor-who-gave-up-drugs-episode-1

Episode 2 is on Channel 1 tonight Fri 16th Sept 2016

and will be on iPlayer after that.

 

Your action and practise

“Now is the time when your action is practise.” The Dalai Lama

COMMENT: ….and your practise is action?

And the right-hand photo? It is the much-loved Bro. Wayne Teasdale meeting the Dalai Lama.  Bro. Teasdale wrote the seminal book on inter-spirituality called The Mystic Heart – HERE 

 

Carl McColman on Christianity and Nondual teachings

Click on the link below to go to the article;

Nonduality in the Bible … and us

‘WELCOMING WHAT IS – Welcome home!’ In answer to the question Q. What is the key ‘unitive meditation’ process for spiritual transformation?

‘WELCOMING WHAT IS – Welcome home!’
In answer to the question Q. What is the key ‘unitive meditation’ process for spiritual transformation?
Q Can I be the space for this?
On the in-breath ask unendingly the question “Who am I?” -but never ever
answer it – on the out-breath just ‘rest as Awareness’
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1 As a citizen in the world of duality, notice what patterns you attract in life. E.g. “I attract men/women who always let me down.”
2 At least once an hour turn inward – where we find Heaven, Nirvana, Bliss, Ultimate Reality – or ‘God’ if you prefer that ‘pointer’.
3 Hear the bell of mindfulness and on every hour pause for 3 conscious breaths – thereby expanding stillness and silence.
4 In your silence & stillness observe what from your heart-mind arises.
5 Welcome what is.
6 Observe attachment.
7 Observe reactivity – but don’t resist & don’t chase.

8 Each ‘arising’ from your heart-mind, or ‘the world’ is from some attachment-addiction
9 With each arising, quietly with your inner voice, ask yourself,
“What benefit am I receiving from maintaining each attachment-addiction & its arisings?”
As insights come let go addictions & attachments by ‘offering them up’. (As a Ceremony?)
10 Let go of reactivity.
11 Let go evasion & avoidance.
12 Let go of attachment & addiction.
13 Let go of welcoming.

14 Welcome home.”
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This teaching is inspired by Thomas F. Dietvorst HERE but also the teachings of Joan Tollifson who teaches under ‘The Simplicity of What Is’, For Joan meditation is “moment-to-moment presence that excludes nothing and sticks to nothing”. See her book ‘Bare-Bones Meditation: Waking up from the Story of My Life’. Come to know some of the many other teachers eg Eckhart Tolle, R Spira, Francis Lucille, Jean Klein, Ken Wilber, Scott Kiloby, etc who at their core all teach the same.

Rupert Spira on one of his videos talks of a definition of meditation as ‘saying yes to everything’. Rupert met Francis Lucille his teacher. The first words Rupert heard him say were, “Meditation is a universal ‘Yes’ to everything.” – it was the pivotal moment in Rupert’s life. “At this moment I realized that I had arrived home, that this encounter was the flowering and fulfillment of the previous thirty years of seeking.” – HERE
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“I = Awareness”
On the in-breath ask unendingly the question “Who am I?” – but never ever
answer it – on the out-breath just ‘rest as Awareness’
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NB The next time you hear some form of anti-intellectuality come back to this;
“Use your mind. Remember. Observe. You are not different from others. Most of their experiences are valid for you too. Think clearly and deeply, go into the structure of your desires and their ramifications. They are a most important part of your mental and emotional make-up and powerfully affect your actions. Remember, you cannot abandon what you do not know. To go beyond yourself, you must know yourself.” – From: “I AM THAT” by Nisargadatta Maharaj

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THE ORIGINAL VERSION that inspired my version was by Thomas F. Dietvorst who says “I recommend more that you welcome what is. (-:)
Welcome what is.
Observe attachment.
Observe reactivity.

Let go of reactivity.
Let go of attachment.
Let go of welcoming.

Welcome home.” (Amazon.COM review by By Thomas F. Dietvorst)

A reminder about the excellent work of the Center for Sacred Sciences

http://www.centerforsacredsciences.org/publications/the-mystical-core-of-the-great-traditions.htm

A key presentation of interspirituality – although it has left out at least one major tradition.