Where there is effortlessness there is peace. We go through many experiences in our life: suckling the breast of our mother, playing as a child, engrossed in studies, loving our beloved, working in a job, growing old and finally leaving this body. No matter how much our experiences change, one thing always remains the same: the presence of an experiencing awareness, which we call ‘I’. This awareness is the constant, everything else is variable. When we rest in the I-sense there is effortlessness and there is automatically peace. The moments of our life may be joyful or painful but they always change. To grasp at these moments is like trying to catch water with your fist closes. Rather if we rest our hands wide open, water automatically fills the palm. Rest in the I-sense and life is filled with peace, wisdom and joy. You only have to let go and it all happens. The way you experience your life in each moment is transformed. Because you are then connected to the power source: our basic beingness, our unmoved awareness, our real self. And over time it pervades and illuminates every bit of your life.
Sit comfortably, whatever that means for you. Feel your body. Let everything be however it is. There is nothing for you to do about anything. Take a single breath. Be aware of the in-breath. Be aware of the pause at the end of the in-breath. Be aware of the out-breath. Be aware of pause at the end of the out-breath. That’s it. You have thoroughly inhabited one breath and that’s enough. You can stop here or you can keep doing the same; being aware of the single breath and paying attention to it. Anything before this breath is a memory, a thought and anything after this breath is anticipation, a thought again. Just feel this breath, wherever-nostrils, chest, tummy. You are not doing this, you are just being aware of the single breath. Thoughts will come, feelings will come, sounds and other sensations will come, be aware of them and let them go. If you stray off the breath, come back to it. You are not here to achieve or get anything, be okay with whatever happens. Just become friends with the breath and joy will come.
Be aware of hearing, seeing, feeling, tasting in the same way as above. Whatever’s there just rest aware. You can do it anywhere, as often or rarely as you want, as long or short as you want and at any time. There is no particular state to achieve, no particular feeling to have, no particular way for you to proceed. Each moment is, however it is. Where ever we are, we’re always right here, not on our way to somewhere else. You have already accomplished and do not worry about getting it right, as it is already right. Noise is just sound; we just label it noise and judge it to be annoying. Just accept it as sound and it will cease to bother you. Thoughts are just mental sounds just be aware of them and come back to your breath, or whatever.Sensations, colours, lights are all experience, observe them but do not identify with them. They will come and they will go. Be aware of the fact that everything comes and goes, be aware of the I-sense and be aware that nothing can make you happy or sad. Just be. They are all like snowflakes falling outside your window giving the neighbourhood a picturesque dusting. Don’t go out and touch them or play with them. Just close the window, stay cozy, and let it snow,let is snow, let it snow.
Here are some random notings to instill presence:
Don’t expect anything. Expect the unexpected.
Do not seek truth; merely cease to cherish opinions.
Do not believe a thing because many repeat it. Do not accept a thing on the authority of one or another of the sages of the old, nor on the ground that a statement is found in the books….After examination, believe that which you have tested for yourselves.
It is fun to have fun, but you have to know how.
If there is a solution to the problem, what’s the point of worrying? If there is no solution to the problem, what’s the point of worrying?
We’ve been suffering. Our suffering doesn’t come from outside. We generate it by fixating. Therefore, we can stop suffering by letting go of fixation. We can cultivate the habit of letting go by leading a meditative life.
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Nothing is work unless you’d rather be doing something else.
Everybody has a happy place, but your happy place is wherever you are.
It is so simple to be wise…Just think of something stupid to say, and then don’t say it.
Don’t worry about the mind being confused. Mind is always confused. There is no such thing as a unconfused mind.
Just ignore thoughts.
Dying is like removing off a tight shoe.
As the “I” disappears, that which remains to witness the disappearance of the “I” – that is pure, timeless joy.
The disappearance of “I” is like the finger realising it is part of the body and not a finger by itself.
Self and other are like here and there. Everyone agrees there is a “here”, but everyone disagrees about where it is. I think it is right here. You think it is over there. In the same way, everyone agrees that there is a self, but everyone disagrees about who it is. It seems obvious to me that I am the self, but you insist that it is you. It is a point of view – a perspective.
Go all the way with it. Do not back off for once. For once, go all the way with what goddamn matters.
There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
I’m not at all limited because I don’t know what I’m doing.
Just imagine how much energy you would have if you didn’t worry, or complain, or judge, or defend, or resist.
Some people let the same problem make them miserable for years when they could just say, ” So what.” Once you do that, you are at peace.
Act without attachment to the outcome.
Time is what eternity looks like when filtered through the mind.
Don’t think. Look.
If it is a thought or a sensation or a feeling, it is not you.
Heaven is this moment. Hell is the burning desire for this moment to be different. It is that simple.
Don’t look for another, different experience outside of whatever’s being experienced right now, in this moment.
To live a life without having any fundamental expectations of anybody: this is a great freedom. You find that you are almost unshockable, because something inside has switched off the button of how things should be.
Just drop your concepts and be.
Muddy water clears when you just let it sit and leave it as it is.
When an ordinary person registers an emotion or impression, it’s like carving a line in rock. When an enlightened person does the same, it’s like drawing a line in water, it is still drawn but closes immediately. In very advanced stages of enlightenment, it’s like drawing a line in air.
In enlightenment, you are not left with emotions. The emotions are left without a personal ‘you’.
If you are suffering, find the sufferer.
You are the silent awareness-space within which both the chattering and the listening take place.
I= Experiencer, Perceiver, Awareness, Subject. Stuff= Experienced, Perceived, World, Objects=sight, sound, taste, smell, touch, body, thoughts, feelings. Just rest with the I-sense. Don’t identify the I with anything else.Who am I?