“Sometimes I can feel my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.”
So you can see your own pain from all ways! By breathing consciously and bringing attention to that which can be left to the subconscious, we give ourselves a gift of openness and malleability. Sitting often develops humility, tempering confidence into a sharp blade of self-empowerment. Avoiding the downfall of arrogance grants us more space to change and continually evolve.
So you can fully understand your darkness but not be weighed down by it. Separation from light and dark is an illusion. To give ourselves the gift of non-judgment and concentration allows us to see the chain of dependency of all things internally and externally. Your emotions and mind states need integration, not separation. Sitting often develops spaciousness within the mind, allowing us to see and use negativity in new ways.
Internally alchemizing the weight of the very real darkness in this world grants us freedom. When we are free to let the world be as it is, we are able to change and continually evolve. There are rare teachers, but no secret teachings.
There are no shortcuts; the best shortcut is no shortcut. Consistency, self-honesty, and a willingness to challenge your own mind. Every day. That is the way to meditation, transformation, and freedom.
Study the breath. Study the mind. Study the body.
“The Zen mind is a beginner’s mind” (common Zen adage). The rub is that we must work to become a student even when we have the hands of a master. There is no magic formula for meditation. Teachers and technology can transmit aspects of meditation, but no one can reach into your consciousness and meditate for you.
The only way out is in. The only true teacher is you. Who else but you can truly know what is going on inside?
Reclaim your authority but remain a student. Own your power but maintain wisdom.
Written by Larry Li Excerpt from ‘Meditation Swerve‘
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