"What we are looking for is what is looking."

St. Francis of Assisi

"It is easy to imagine that the Buddha, the awakened one, is something or somewhere other than here or that awakening to reality will happen sometime other than now. But as long as we continue to think in terms of time we will deceive ourselves.

The “you” who is chasing enlightenment will never become enlightened. Instead of striving towards some distant goal that you will never reach, I invite you to stop and ask:

How am I avoiding the enlightenment that is already present in each moment?

How am I seeing separation where it doesn’t exist?"

Adyashanti (put together from Chasing Enlightenment & Where is the Buddha?)

Key questions I now ask

image

If Enlightenment is not what I think it is,
then what is it?

If Awakenness is my natural state,
what is holding me back?
or
keeping me from it?

How do I dissolve or deal with this issue?
these blocks?
this ego?
these fears?

What practices and approaches
are
Essential
for it’s realization?

(picture stolen from http://www.aaharaspiritualcommunity.org/)

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."

Anaïs Nin

Meditation: Connecting with the Inner Body

Please try it now. You may find it helpful to close your eyes for this practice.  Later on, when “being in the body” has become natural and easy, this will no longer be necessary.  Direct your attention into the body.  Feel it from within.  Is it alive?  Is there life in your hands, arms, legs, and feet – in your abdomen, your chest?  Can you feel the subtle energy field that pervades the entire body and gives vibrant life to every organ and every cell?  Can you feel it simultaneously in all parts of the body as a single field of energy?  Keep focusing on the feeling of your inner body for a few moments.  Do not start to think about it.  Feel it.  The more attention you give it, the clearer and stronger this feeling will become..  It will feel as if every cell is becoming more alive, and if you have a strong visual sense, you may get an image of your body becoming luminous.  Although such an image can help you temporarily, pay more attention to the feeling than to any image that may arise.  An image, no matter how beautiful or powerful, is already defined in form, so there is less scope for penetrating more deeply.

From Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now

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