This talk explores the fixation of identity, and the isolating limitation of being an "I" and how, when we become less engaged in the constructed, defended and fabricated, the great way of practice opens up. As we align with reality of the three characteristics of existence, we sense a different belonging and the vibrant intimacy of living an embodied life.
Every moment of true mindfulness is kind. This talk explores the possibility of cultivating a mind that can be with the reality of life. When we turn to experience with openness, we also become more open to insights, and our confidence in ourselves and our capacity for awakening becomes grounded in life.
Deeply opening to the impact of the characteristics of human existence; anicca, anatta and dukkha, supports us to grow in wisdom and brings intimacy and aliveness to our being. From the silence of being flows the essential radiant qualities of mind and heart; love, compassion, joy and equanimity. Our unfolding is held and nurtured by the supporting containers of awakening practice; sila, samadhi and panna.
"There is a cry deeper than all sounds whose serrated edges cut the heart as we break open, to the place inside which is unbreakable and whole, while learning to sing" - Rashani There is an illness in being somebody and and illness in being nobody. When we meet that which is hard to bear in our experience in general, and the force of self judgement in particular, we can come to rest in natural being and open to the fullness of life.
Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translations, says Rumi. Beyond the experience of deficient, negative silence in our lives, when the mind and heart becomes quiet and at times completely still and clean, we are pointed directly to the truth of our being. In the silence of all things the grooves and tendencies of the habitual mind stand out in vivid colour. In silence there is a falling away of name, form and self.