Playing with Mind!

Peace of mind remains an elusive dream, until we put down the weapons of divisiveness that burden us all.

26 Responses to “Playing with Mind!”

  1. on 31 Mar 2019 at 10:04 am Diane

    When I take anything personally I am lured back into the separation from life. I am laughing about my ridiculous reaction to the neighbor who built the big house that now blocks my views addition of a metal coyote at the edge of my property ! The only thing in the whole back yard. I am laughing about it because even IF it was intended to offend me I am getting g a big kick out of it. I actually like coyotes but would rather see them alive. Lol

  2. on 29 Mar 2019 at 10:00 pm Betty

    What has lured me back to a subject/object is my constant war with fear. It isn’t even about what I fear, so much as it is the unwillingness to experience fear. At this point it is something I have to “get over.” I thought attending an exercise class would help but I was even worse after it. The more I try to quiet it down, the louder it gets. What I need to do is invite it in, not push it away. But as long as I seek after oneness, there is a me that is separate. I am reminded of Rumi’s “The Guesthouse.” It ends: “Be grateful for whoever comes because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.” Yes, it is not a malicious invader, it is here to help, an ally. It has done its job. I recognize that I am part of the whole, safe at home.

  3. on 28 Mar 2019 at 2:42 pm Keshav Howe

    For me, the addiction to time is a hole in the sidewalk that is very alluring. It starts with the old standard plea: "How long do you think you can do that?" The reference to the subject – me being a "you" rather than an "I," is child's play compared to the pull to split attention by comparing the beauty of this moment with the beauty of another moment. Sticky sweet.

  4. on 28 Mar 2019 at 2:21 pm Keshav Howe

    What lures you back into a subject/object relationship with life?

  5. on 28 Mar 2019 at 12:55 pm Betty

    On my second try I found it quite easy just to focus on just the body and mind and the result was that of just being.

  6. on 24 Mar 2019 at 5:50 pm Keshav Howe

    Holding "my" ground as a simple witnessing presence is a simple act of devotion that requires some focus, particularly when allowing all sense perceptions and mind activity to appear as they do. It does take some disciple to honor the commitment not to abandon the simple and immediate awareness of my whole body/mind; right here and now.
     
    Making room for the whole of me, by extension, makes room for the entire world to reveal itself as one totality…

  7. on 22 Mar 2019 at 3:37 pm Diane

    Missy. That has been my experience as well. It seems that the meditation merges body/mind into wholeness and nirvana ensues. No separation of the mind from the body. For me it seems I notice sensations in the body as a separation from the mind yet the meditation unifies into wholeness!

  8. on 22 Mar 2019 at 8:59 am Keshav Howe

    Please try on this "meditation." Hold your ground! Do not abandon the undivided awareness of your whole body, here and now!

  9. on 22 Mar 2019 at 8:53 am Keshav Howe

    Great insights Missy and Joe. I too noticed that when awareness rests on the whole body residing in the here and now, what is going on in the mind is directly experienced as the whole.
     
    Whenever bodily sensations and sensory perceptions are unconditionally allowed and embraced, the difference between "doing nothing," and "nothing doing" is Self-evident.

  10. on 22 Mar 2019 at 4:32 am sasanijjs

    I found this practice to be very helpful during my session last night. When energy and mind became fixated ,returning back to full body awareness instantly made space for energy to flow smoothly. As I was writing I imagined a garden hose being pinched ,and when let go the water is able to flow in unison. When not localized, the same energy that appears to be “bad” is clearly desiring more space to move freely.

  11. on 22 Mar 2019 at 4:19 am missy

    Thank you for this exercise Keshav, the body takes care of itself as a whole, individual kinks disappear.

  12. on 18 Mar 2019 at 3:26 pm Keshav Howe

    Try this please:
    – Just sit in a comfortable seat. Allow awareness to focus on your body, and nothing else. If you notice attention starting to focus on thoughts about localized feelings in the body, or specific sense perceptions – gracefully relax attention back to the entire body.
     
    Taking your seat:
    – With attention on the whole body, gently allow awareness to fill the mind. Remain true to your Intent to be aware of your whole body/mind; just sitting…

  13. on 14 Mar 2019 at 1:19 pm Betty

    Oops. Not my mind.

  14. on 14 Mar 2019 at 1:17 pm Betty

    My mind already signals me when I am opening to thoughts that come from separation–judgement about myself and others in particular. It is when I choose to ignore the signals–the feeling in the pit of my stomach, or in my heart chakra–that I run amuck. The most damaging belief is that I am too far in the hole to pull myself out. But eventually this veil lifts long enough to recognize the truth that I am always in the state of ”all is well” and it is just a silly, yet painful, misunderstanding that I am in separation at all. From there, I can be conscious of the signals my mind gives me when I am about to step into the abyss of separation.

  15. on 13 Mar 2019 at 8:33 am venusrising

    Many times, even if I am talking to a friend, I see my mind start to put reasons out why they’re wrong. So my first choice is not to say those things out loud and the second one is to step back and see that my thoughts are just a puff of smoke .
    Or better yet just see that my thoughts are a puff of smoke and I don’t have to worry about talking or not

  16. on 13 Mar 2019 at 8:28 am venusrising

    Diane your comment was well said. I especially agree with that noticing is the antidote to war.

  17. on 11 Mar 2019 at 12:54 pm Diane

    As a silent observer of life assigning mind the task of noticing when I am viewing life as separate from everything else there is a dropping away of the separation with the end result of feeling oneness with whatever is happening in the moment. There is the peace there is the freedom as the love. I find that the act of noticing is the antidote to war.

  18. on 11 Mar 2019 at 7:18 am sasanijjs

    When I give mind the task to notice the narrative, I find that it becomes quite fixated with the present moment. Mind seems to expand into a state of watchfulness instead of attachment, where I then catch myself lost in a story.

    Giving this task to mind makes it less attractive to fall into the story blindly. It’s actually quite humorous to see how a small adjustment can help facilitate a stronger relationship with stillness.

    I will continue to practice, thank you.- also there seems to be less of an adversarial relationship with mind because its job is to provide clarity in conjunction with consciousness. Almost like a parrot that lets you in on the bs before you get stuck in it.

  19. on 10 Mar 2019 at 5:07 pm Keshav Howe

    I would like to hear some feedback about your direct experiences working with Step 1.

  20. on 10 Mar 2019 at 4:55 pm Diane

    Istep 1 as Keshav put it surely is the key to putting down the weapons of divisiveness and is the map to peace !

  21. on 09 Mar 2019 at 9:41 pm Lori

    Keshav, thank you for sharing your conversation with Mary Ann about choices. I witnessed that. Sitting with Mary Ann a few days before she passed, I thanked her for sharing her love. Smiling, she squeezed my hand and said it was the only choice.

  22. on 09 Mar 2019 at 11:39 am missy

    Thank you both for sharing, my heart just opened a little more from every direction. It’s clarifying what I’m about to post on ASG. Namaste, Love.

  23. on 08 Mar 2019 at 10:31 am sasanijjs

    Thank you Betty for sharing that

  24. on 08 Mar 2019 at 9:15 am Keshav Howe

    Betty, as I read your post, I am reminded of one of my most powerful and poignant conversations about choices. Mary Ann Demko called me after receiving some dire test results. It was clear that her physical form was falling away – within a few weeks. Given that recognition, I asked her what she could control in the moment. She immediately replied that there was nothing she could control. In that clear moment of Self-reflection, she witnessed that the nothingness all around her, was very, very much alive and vibrant.
     
    We agreed that: Life, Right Here and Now, had offered her an opportunity to recognize that there has always been only one clear choice. And, that is, to consciously choose to experience each and every precious moment of life with an open heart, and mind. Now, is that moment of choice for all of us.

  25. on 07 Mar 2019 at 12:11 pm Betty

    Lately it seems that life is attacking me on all fronts. It is impossible to have peace of mind when believing that I am stuck in a place that is torture and there is no escape. I know that while in this space of separation life will only continue to feel insecure, unsafe, hopeless. There is a part of me that insists that I need to do something to better my circumstances. And another that says it is not possible.

    I am caught in that place of "I need to be in control." I am angry at the events that have brought me to this place. “I worked hard” “I don’t deserve this.” But in the world of form I am running out of time. I am longing for that “one” that was with me throughout my life. The one that kept me going through every catastrophe. Is that one real? I am at the cliff. There is no where to run. The only option is to jump. The leap of faith. Acceptance. The war with mind can not be won with resistance.

  26. on 06 Mar 2019 at 2:36 pm Keshav Howe

    I have noticed that trying to get rid of thoughts with thoughts of how to get rid of thoughts is horribly circular logic. Unless, we love to drive on the same annoying, repetitive, and disturbingly familiar highway.
     
    If not, how do we make peace with Peace of Mind?
     
    Step 1: Given that the mind has been trained to sort through life's content, I find it helpful to make the conscious decision to relax attention into the open embrace of the silent observer position. And, then, to consciously invite the mind to use its sorting expertise to just notice when a simple undivided observation of life turns into a narrative about life; particularly when it references a self, separate from everything else.

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