awareness


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Taking Responsibility

The words “taking responsibility for yourself” can be confusing. How do I know that doing what feels good to support myself is it not a way of feeding my ego? And where is the limit between taking responsibility for oneself and feeding the ego by fulfilling its tendencies? “There is...

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Tension or Let-Go

When I am relaxed, I lose awareness. When I am alert there is a subtle tension. “If you make efforts to be aware, you will create tensions inside yourself – all efforts bring tensions. If you try to be aware, you are fighting with yourself; there is no need to...

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Stop Talking and Thinking

“If you go on thinking 'about' you miss the whole life – everything is crossed out by and by. In the end you are also crossed out: not only is the word crossed out, you are also in the end crossed out. Thinking becomes like smoke; everything moves into...

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A common misunderstanding about meditation is that it’s just sitting, doing nothing. While it’s true that “Spring comes, and the grass grows by itself,” this has to do with nature being dynamic, and simply getting on with the business of living in its own, effortless way. Like the seasons...

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Google the word meditation and you get two hundred and twenty-four million hits. As the world about us seems to go more bananas every day, so the subject of how to make it OK to still be here grows more popular, and meditation, or the idea of it, is...

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There are few things worse than not being able to sleep, so much so that it has been used as a method of torture throughout history. Yet it is only recently that lost sleep is being held responsible for a variety of ailments. According to an article in The...

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Anger rooms are all the rage, according to an article in this week’s New York Times Style section that mentions three such places where people go to smash things. As one proprietor put it: “That’s the cool thing about addressing an instinct, everyone’s got it.” There’s nothing new in the understanding...

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We’re all busy planning for, waiting for, and dreaming about our next vacation. Whether it's just a simple weekend or a long, winter break, taking a holiday is an integral part of working life, a time when we feel we can finally relax. And then when our working life is over comes the perceived...

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Freedom Is to Be Yourself

When I talk about freedom, I mean freedom from something or freedom to do something; it implies more freedom of choice. But my impression is that choiceless awareness precedes the freedom you talk about. What kind of freedom does not involve choice? Can it be defined, or is it...

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With Awareness Comes Freedom

“Even the first type of freedom at least pretends that there is some goal. Even the politician says, ‘We are fighting to be free – from this kind of society, this kind of structure, this kind of politics. We are fighting to be free from this society just to...