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#83 Life’s Greatest Lessons

Posted: April 19th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Life | No Comments »

I curse myself for not being eloquent enough in speech or in the written word.

I curse myself for not being rich enough, so that I could distribute his words to the world.

I curse myself for being so unaware, of life’s greatest lessons when they presented themselves before me countless of times in life.

I bought a book titled “Tuesdays with Morrie” two days ago.

If I was rich enough, I would buy every person in this world a copy of this book.

Similar to Randy Pausch’s “The Last Lecture” – only more passionate, and carry more advices that the hour long lecture could contain, Morrie Schwartz – a sociology professor who embraced life on his deathbed, shared his greatest advices on living life with his student Mitch Albom.

Mitch Albom eventually written “Tuesdays with Morrie”, sharing his professor’s final ‘thesis’ with him, about what matters most to a person who knows his days are numbered, and the greatest points most of us have missed while going through our daily ordeals.

I only hope I could be eloquent enough to state how precious this book could be to you.

But no words can describe better, Morrie’s final days of being the teacher he is, than his advices which came straight from his examplary actions before he died.

I could go on writing every word I could muster from my brains about his teachings, but my heart aches knowing that I’ll never be able to accomplish a good job delivering his words to you.

I had only one way.

To let you know, that “Tuesdays with Morrie” exists on almost any major book store, and I sincerely hope you would buy it over any other books you’re considering next.

One of the biggest takeaways, and one of the most vivid picture I had in mind from reading “Tuesdays with Morrie” – is to realize that when I’m lying on the bed at old age, barely able to move my sunken, helpless body…

What I would want most,

Is to have many, many people who love me stay or visit my bedside, allowing me to still love them, and be loved in return, knowing that my final days are the brightest, truest, most giving – even if they may be most helpless, days of my life.

Just like Morrie.

For, what do all other things in the world matter to you, if you were to bring none of them with you, and had to be alone through your last days, not being able to wipe your own ass, not being able enough to toughen up for the next ordeal, not having anyone to accompany you in the darkness of your own room?

Anything I would say would only sound brash, forgive me.

I couldn’t do it as well as Morrie, who was able to put the harshest situations of life into a genuine perspective of kind, touching, and lasting lessons that anyone who listens to him would remember, if not for a long time, for life.

Too young, too naive, too egoistic, I couldn’t yet fully live out Morrie’s example, and this aches me.

But the least I can do is point you to that $7.50 book on the book shelf, give you my promise that it’ll be a book worth reading – no matter who you are – and nod solemnly in the direction of it earnestly expressing, “get it”.

I only hope I was rich enough, so I could buy every person in this world Morrie’s precious advices for free.

So that we could all know how to live a full life.

And die knowing that we had had a meaningful one.

A truly, meaningful one.

#82 The Very Foundation of Your Identity – Eckhart Tolle

Posted: April 11th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Life | 1 Comment »

Every human being is that spark of consciousness coming into this dimension.  It comes and then goes back into the source.  And something takes something back to the source like a bee going back to the bee hive with some nectar.  Not accumulated knowledge or anything like that but something takes back. That’s as far as I can go right now with this.  And that comes out of an intuitive tuning in.

So to know who you are beyond concepts embrace the “not knowing” in yourself.   And then you’re getting closer to the essence of who you are.  Let’s see if you can get a limited understanding of what this not knowing is…thoughts subside for a moment but the strange thing is there is something that is still present there.  I say something but it’s not something, but language is limited because language is about the world of things.  Thoughts subside and there’s something even when you’re not thinking, you’re actually present. And even if you were not perceiving at that time…you could say, ‘yes I’m present because there’s sense perception happening.’  Even if you close you eyes and even if you put ear-plugs in or there’s total silence.  We can even try it now.  You close your eyes.  All visual sense perception have become obliterated.  And there’s no noise going on either.  So before you were aware of visual perceptions and you are aware of this voice and now there’s neither visual perceptions nor auditory perceptions for a moment.

What’s left?

You are still there.  The amazing thing is even without reminding yourself about your past or your future, your present life situation or your name or looking at your body, there is something that is still present.  You know that, but it is not differentiated.  It doesn’t have a history, what is still present.  It has no past and no future to it.

You can’t really say much about it.  You can’t define it further because it is what Buddhists call empty.  It’s emptiness.  It’s formlessness.  It is formless consciousness.   If you find that in yourself and it’s always there underneath the movement of form which is thinking and emotions and even sense perceptions.  Underneath, it is always there.   If you find that, even the most unprofitable life, people who have messed their whole life up, has become redeemed because you have found the one thing that really matters, yourself.

Of course you can’t stay there indefinitely in that space.  At some point the world of form  returns.  But what is possible is not to lose connectedness with that dimension.  In other words and this is the ultimate spiritual practice until it becomes a natural way to live. In the background you can sense that spaciousness still even while you’re perceiving things.

Let’s go there again very briefly, close your eyes.  No more visual perception.  No more sounds. What’s left?  A sense, there may be some thoughts left, but if you’re very alert, the alertness will obliterate the thoughts, too.  So there are no thoughts left in that alertness.  Alert!

What’s left.  Can’t define it, but you are still there in that formless simple presence, you are actually being the essence of yourself.  And it is that which gives you your sense of identity.  Even when you associate your sense of identity with your life history and memories.  That your memories get mixed up with the essential sense of beingness that is the formless empty space in yourself.  That is the primordial “I,” the timeless “I.”

And that is your identity.  In the unawakened unenlightenend state that primordial consciousness, formless consciousness, gets mixed up with the memory of who you are.  And so you get a diluted version of who you are and you think you are your past history, your memories and your ambitions and your fears.  But if you disentangle your sense of beingness, which is the essential sense of identity, if you disentangle that from thought and we’re doing it here, if you disentangle your sense of identity from thought, what is left then you can actually experience…I’m saying you experience it but that’s not right because language created-subject object divisions…you experience yourself as the subject, the subject experiences itself, the subject experiences itself as formless consciousness.  It is that which is the very foundation for your identity.  The preciousness that you are.

The preciousness that everybody feels, there is something there that is so wonderful.  It’s “I,” but it gets mixed up with form and then people get some form identity.

So it’s vital to disentangle consciousness and form which usually are mixed up together.  And once you’ve disentangled it you may want to do that quite often.  But ultimately it’s living a normal life without losing that awareness of the essential formlessness of who you are in the background even while you’re perceiving forms. You are looking at the flowers, you’re looking at other human beings, you’re dealing with things without losing yourself in the forms anymore, because you still have in the background an awareness of the formlessness.  In fact the awareness is the formless in the background. No matter where you go you are essentially a field of formless consciousness experiencing the things of this world. And the field of formless consciousness is also experiencing the person.


(Source: Eckhart Tolle, April 2010 Webcast)

#81 What is Enlightenment – in Real World Terms

Posted: April 10th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Life | No Comments »

What is enlightenment, in the real world sense of its meaning?

I wouldn’t say I’m ‘enlightened’ as public media has labeled the term to be, but I’d probably say I know what it is.

And even how one is supposed to ‘get’ it.

Best of all, how one is supposed to be able to ‘get’ it Now.

But in the end, it would all be for nothing.

And why is this?

Because enlightenment is not a stage in which – after you’ve accomplished something – you arrive in.

In fact, the biggest misconception about enlightenment is that it’s something to ‘get’ to, to ‘do’, to ‘attain’.

I believe anyone who’ve done enough spiritual practice would agree…

That in the end, enlightenment is only about this, right here and now.

That’s all there is to it.

No meaning.

No difference.

No judgment.

The world doesn’t change after you understand enlightenment.

In fact, it stays the way it is.

Being enlightened just means you’ve understood what enlightenment means, and then choose to have peace with that understanding.

In short, to be at ease with this, here and now.

Or you could just say, in everyday terms, be patient, at ease, and OK with how things go.

Unfortunately, life ain’t easy, for many of us.

Sometimes it gives us great highs, and most of us would think that life’s amazing and it’s incredible to be alive after those moments.

But more often than not, it hits us right where it aches, and makes us dread this suffering-laden life.

In those times, many of us would choose to drown ourselves in the pain.

That’s why Zen advocates Zazen (sitting meditation).

What is Zazen all about in the end?

People say it’s a practice to silence the mind, so you can gain more clarity in life.

That’s one.

According to Zen Buddhism however, the biggest lesson to learn from Zazen, is to just do Zazen.

Some may think doing Zazen may actually lead them to ‘enlightenment’.

Unfortunately, anyone who’ve done enough Zazen knows that you don’t get anything from the meditation other than clarity of mind, and aches throughout your body.

But it is the enduring through those aches while you’re practicing Zazen that you can get the full purpose of it.

It’s to remind people, that during hard times, you just do Zazen anyway.

That when life isn’t great, you just do Zazen (keep living on) anyway.

A little discipline is involved.

I lied.

A lot of discipline is probably involved.

The world will never change.

What changes, ever, is our perception about it.

Enlightenment is a way of being present with this, right here and now.

What benefits does it bring you?

It just eases life for sufferers.

And… just perhaps, you may gain some knowledge and valuable wisdom, about life, because of your new-found clarity with what Is.

What’s after that?

You just keep doing ‘Zazen’.