Acknowledge the wave; remain True to the Ocean! Remain attentive to habitual and reactive patterns of behavior, that arise in response to ever-changing life circumstances.

22 Responses to “Making Peace with What Changes!”

  1. on 19 Aug 2019 at 8:32 am Lori

    Gia, good job staying present and working to be in flow with the changing technical challenges. I understand how using the small screen of a phone may not be ideal way to connect with the group but like you, it is the only option I have at the moment. The universe gives us opportunities to open to presence and I am grateful. Thank you for sharing and the reminder.

  2. on 18 Aug 2019 at 5:52 pm sasanijjs

    As I work through some tightness “holding on”, the reminder from goddess ayahuasca is to utilize the power of breath.

  3. on 18 Aug 2019 at 12:14 pm venusrising

    So last night at the advanced group meeting my technology was really bad. My big computer needs to be replaced so I could not use it. My small chrome book laptop which had been working now did not want to do Zoom either. So I was given the only choice to use my iPhone. Obviously the picture is very small. The sound is very bad and I have a little speaker to help. But everything went awry. And I could not speak in the group without a huge amount of technological problems . So it was frustrating but I knew that this was the present moment. And that this is what was happening. And to flow with the energy of all that. So I feel pretty good that I stayed fairly centered and present ,during my test , at the advanced meeting where I am learning how to be present .

  4. on 17 Aug 2019 at 1:24 pm sasanijjs

    During last nights session there was an immediate sense of intense freedom. I noticed a sharp recoil which placed me into a state of wavering back and forth in between that freedom and attachment. I felt fragmented ,watching several aspects of myself playing out in front of me. I did not know where to hold onto.

    Today, Keshav reminded me that there is no effort in letting go. When I rested in freedom there was no effort to control.

  5. on 17 Aug 2019 at 8:53 am Betty

    Thanks for sharing your journey, Lori!

  6. on 17 Aug 2019 at 6:15 am Lori

    P.S. Sitting with the Eagle journey I wrote about earlier – I realized that in honoring the wave within the ocean, like the mouse and the snake still within the eagle, I could be forgiving and accepting of seemingly contrasting and complementary self who is within a much bigger container.

  7. on 17 Aug 2019 at 5:29 am Lori

    I saw an Eagle. He was sitting on a highway lamppost eating dinner. He looked up as I drove past, reminding me of a recent journey I had during drumming. In the journey, I was greeted by a Native American Eagle dancer, who wordless invited me to follow the Eagle’s path. As we danced, I saw Eagle consume both mice(prey) and snakes (predator), incorporating the contrasting yet complimentary characteristics of both. And from a “bird’s eye view”, I saw the interdependence, balance and connection – I saw the wave within the ocean.

  8. on 15 Aug 2019 at 2:11 pm sasanijjs

    Life has become more enjoyable as I have begun to appreciate my own company.

  9. on 12 Aug 2019 at 4:47 pm Keshav Howe

    There is a permanent stillness of being that can and does maintain a peaceful relationship with life's changing content. It coexists with confusion, doubt, as well as with highly personalized and reactive responses to "what should be happening."
     

    Similar to the softening of attention while gazing at a magic eye book, it takes only a moment of undivided attention to reveal a reality that is no longer perceived through memories, or expectations.

     
    The more that I allow these reactionary guests to stay in my body/mind's hotel, the faster they desire to check out, and look for more confusing "accommodations."

  10. on 10 Aug 2019 at 10:22 am Betty

    Thanks, Carol. Well put.

  11. on 10 Aug 2019 at 7:58 am ceejaypea

    Finding a balance between the wave and the ocean IS accepting what is. Elicited emotional responses (always a sign of interpretation) can be noticed and observed, but as long as they are not taken personally they contribute to an understanding of the nature of life, which consists mostly of change. Accepting change can be the agent of stillness. Namaste.

  12. on 06 Aug 2019 at 5:29 pm missy

    I’ll just say I wish I had heard or known those words in HS, the memory was a long slow dance song that at the prom you needed a real Date and not the girlfriends who went all together ha! Tho I imagine (don’t remember) I danced once it sped up! Little did we know those lyrics had more to them and probably stuck to us thru time. Thank you for Spelling it out Keshav so my old interpretive HS memory can transform and be deleted.
    Always interesting the connections memories have to music. Namaste. Love!

  13. on 05 Aug 2019 at 1:35 pm Keshav Howe

    Joe, your willingness to explore the power of silence is how you are learning to sharpen your most precious tool – meditative awareness. It is always wise to keep our tools sharp!
     
    During our last session, my attention was split by an urgent need to investigate a new, and annoying noise. There was also the presence of a another layer of self that is very aware of the cost of the reactive behavior associated with personalizing our life experiences. That healthy, but still relative sense of self, can easily learn to coexist with, and as, an Undivided Self. So, rather than staying at odds with the new noise, attention instinctively shifted to a host of other noises within the awareness of the moment, such as the air conditioning, birds singing, water running, and heart beating.
     
    Without a distinct object of attention, there was a palpable and clear awareness that everything is changing, and also part of a non-conceptual aspect of mind that transcends the idea of a limited self.
     
    All, right here in Heaven.

  14. on 03 Aug 2019 at 1:56 pm Keshav Howe

    It feels true to me that we are really here to inspire each other to dream a more peaceful dream.
     
    Just Being aware of the buildup of tension associated with an urgent need to compare this moment with another, is the first step back home.  Just another illusion; followed by the peaceful feel of consciously relaxing into freedom.
     
    Freedom is Free; expectations and doubts are remnants of a old dream of separation. Now is the perfect time to take a break from getting lost in time-filled distractions.
     
    No where to go, no one to pretend to be!

  15. on 02 Aug 2019 at 12:14 pm sasanijjs

    During last nights session Keshav invited me to open up to the space ,including the energy’s that appeared to be quite pissed off. Opening to the energy allowed for what appeared to be agitation to move freely ,and reveal its true nature. As “death” seems to get close ,I feel the rope that I hold onto is wearing thin. The bumps have been the best motivation to let go of what I hold onto as a separate sense of self. Thank you

  16. on 02 Aug 2019 at 5:35 am sasanijjs

    Wow I have never taken in those lyrics. Thank you

  17. on 01 Aug 2019 at 11:19 pm Betty

    Joe, Re-reading your comment, it struck me that you are that “beautiful woman” recognizing that beautiful woman. It is a knowing that can only be realized from the heart. All one.

  18. on 01 Aug 2019 at 11:07 pm Betty

    Always loved “Stairway to Heaven.” But reading it tonight, I see the deeper meaning. I needed the reminder to listen, I have been missing a lot lately. Thanks, Keshav

  19. on 01 Aug 2019 at 10:53 am Keshav Howe

     Stairway to Heaven (abridged) – Led Zeppelin

     

    There's a lady who's sure

    All that glitters is gold

    And she's buying a stairway to heaven…

     

    When she gets there she knows

    If the stores are all closed

    With a word she can get what she came for

     

    In a tree by the brook

    There's a songbird who sings

    Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiving

     

    And it's whispered that soon, If we all call the tune

    Then the piper will lead us to reason

     

    And a new day will dawn

    For those who stand long

    And the forests will echo with laughter

     

    Yes, there are two paths you can go by

    But in the long run you know

    There's still time to change the road you're on

     

    Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow

    And did you know

    Your stairway lies on the whispering wind

     

    And if you listen very hard

    The tune will come to you at last

    When all are one and one is all

    To be a rock and not to roll

     

    And she's buying the stairway to heaven…

  20. on 29 Jul 2019 at 6:37 pm Keshav Howe

    Terrific post.
     
    I have also noticed that the "not so silent" ego self  is nothing more than a regurgitation of reactive ideas that support the belief that we are little more than a highly personalized, impermanent self.
     
    The gap between the ego self and Undivided Self is bridged by an attentive but seemingly separate self, that grows more aware of its Permanent Nature. It is that transitional self that does learn to coexist with all layers of Self (by investing is making time for timeless explorations), particularly into layers of self deception.
     
    The more I consciously make peace with what changes (how do I surrender to the inherent peace in this moment), the faster habitual and reactive patterns start to die (too much space to bump up against) always from a simple lack of interest (no war- no self).

  21. on 27 Jul 2019 at 11:18 am Diane

    wow sasanijjs. Love this post. Thank you!

  22. on 27 Jul 2019 at 11:01 am sasanijjs

    As the relationship with the one who is watching has grown, the temporary aspects of Joe have become less appealing. The waves of thoughts and tightness have become more artificial. The simple gesture of resting back into stillness always reveals the truth. I love to watch different inspiring videos on YouTube , while watching mind waver into every imaginable thought pattern.

    In particular, I was watching a clip of the Ellen show last night, where a women from Sudan has become a teacher here in the United States after her parents fled from the ongoing genocide. When resting in stillness I could not help but to cry at how beautiful this women was. When in a place of a separate sense of self ,there was tightness. Watching that switch back and forth is quite informing on the nature of mind.

    I do find resistance in how truly vast and all encompassing that space is. There is simply no room for anything but love. Who is the one aware? is such a simple ,but powerful tool in our universal growth.

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