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Distractions in Meditation: The Ground and the Dance

You sit down to meditate. Within a few minutes your stomach starts grumbling for some food. A moment later an iPhone alarm goes off in another room. There are a few moments of calm before the dogs take up barking at a rabbit in the back yard. A police siren screams down the street.

The natural, habitual reaction to all this is to label these things distractions to the peace and focus of your meditation. I believe the first step, however, toward really making meditation meaningful is just the simple observation that the dance of life is happening. Meditation is nothing more than resting in consciousness. It is identifying with with the formless, still base-point, or ground, upon which all of life springs forth. But what is consciousness without light/form/life, and vice versa?

There is the Ground and there is the Dance.
There is the Masculine and there is the Feminine.
There is the Source and there is the Expression.

Take it a step further and there is not even the polarity of opposites. Ultimately, even duality folds into one, singular non-dual reality.

These exterior sensations that come up while we are identifying with consciousness are not distractions; they are the very life that consciousness witnesses. They are that which dances while we remain still. So relax, and observe without judgement. It is only because life dances that we know any stillness at all.

By Trevor, The Edge of Spirit

 

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Don’t Fear the Future (MOVIE REFLECTIONS on “Lucy”)

Sometimes I fear for the future. Not necessarily because I am concerned about some pending apocalypse or am worried about the moral decay of our younger generations. I think it is mainly a fear of the vast, dark unknown. 

See, I have two young children. At the exponential growth rate of life-changing technologies, what will life be like for them in 20 years? 40 years? Suffice to say there is almost no way of knowing. This year virtual reality has finally gone mainstream with consumer models projected for the fourth quarter. Internet headlines warn of the dangers of Artificial Intelligence. Google is working on the cure for aging. 

Will our humanity dry up as we become more technologically advanced, as we become more… god-like? Will we destroy ourselves before that happens with weapons of mass destruction, society-crushing EMPs or SkyNet android wars? Or is this the inevitable evolution cycle from Unity to fractured matter to crude biology to non-corporeal consciousness and back to Unity?

This weekend, my wife and I got around to watching “Lucy (2014),” wherein a young woman (through a series of unfortunate events) increases the usage of her brain from 10% to 100%.  All of the science fiction and action sequences aside, this is a profoundly deep film that deals with the nature of human potential, time, evolution and consciousness. And though it is a fictional account, it actually helped alleviate some of my anxieties on these matters.

Two things, in particular, stood out. (POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD)

First, I noticed that the more Lucy came into her fullness, the more her “humanity” - as we know it - seemed to dissipate. Human life and survival wasn’t as desperately CLUNG TO as it was previously. Interestingly, that manifested as a lack of empathy toward other humans, an indifference to pain and a nonchalance about death. 

Pierre Del Rio: [During the high-speed car ride through Paris with Lucy driving] I'd rather be late than dead.

Lucy: We never really die.

Perhaps with a fully realized “cosmic consciousness” we understand that our individualized ego and body aren’t as real as we imagined, that the whole of the universe is connected and that there’s no point in clinging to our earthly life. Sound familiar? Ya, like every damn spiritual teacher since the dawn of civilization.

Secondly, there was this:

Lucy: Ignorance brings chaos, not knowledge.

Here we directly tackle my fears for the future. The more we uncover, the further we evolve, the more conscious we become, the less we actually have to be afraid of. Evolution is scary because it’s unfamiliar but that doesn’t mean that - for instance - I should be concerned about what my children’s lives will be like when they’re 50 years old.

Will it be unlike anything I can possibly imagine? You bet. Should I be concerned? Maybe… but at least for the moment, I’m going to trust that knowledge isn’t the harbinger of chaos and destruction - but rather unity, power, connectedness, and a more complete understanding of who we are and what we’re doing here.

With this in mind, I’m going to begin to be a little more optimistic about where we're headed and how we're evolving. There will certainly be hiccups along the way and this is not to say that all technological progress is positive or useful. But this is the direction we're headed no matter HOW we think of it - and it has the potential to not only be arbitrarily positive, but an intelligent consciousness' intentional culmination of billions of years of evolution.

By Trevor, The Edge of Spirit

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An Experiment: Let Go

Perhaps you're someone who likes to "control your own destiny" and "create your own reality." Cool. Me too. But what about trying something different today?


Today, fully surrender. See if you can stop attempting to manipulate and manage the world. Feel yourself as one small piece of a large universe, which too, is yourself. After all, this universe carries on with or without your influence. 

From this place, nothing that happens during your day is wrong. There will still be highs and lows, energy and exhaustion, pleasure and pain, but they are not a problem. They are just the dance of life that is being experienced in unfettered, unattached, joyful awareness. 

All urgencies, emergencies and distractions that come up will not be seen as a derailment of your intentions; there is only what arises. Some of it needs pushed through to "accomplish things." But frustration is not necessary or useful; it is simply a sign that you are chained to the human drama and mad that you're not getting your (ego's) way. If everyone dies, if the bank is drained, if they take your house, if all security is removed — as long as there is conscious awareness, there is still life and there is no problem. That is and will always be the case.

Let go. Be free. Say "fuck it." See what happens.  

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Go, Do and Be... Anything

Your eyes slowly open; it’s morning: a large block of conscious awareness lies before you like an empty scroll. Chances are you go through your routine and head out the door. Or if you’re a little more tuned in you may ask yourself, "What will the day hold? What unforeseen experiences await? I wonder what will happen today?"

But you're asking the wrong fucking questions.

There is a world of difference between a day chosen deliberately by conscious intention and one left to the winds of change, distraction and momentary urgencies. Your mammalian brain can and will lead you around all day fulfilling subtle and not-so-subtle bodily urges, seeking dopamine-spiking experiences and making choices based on comfort and fear.

Do you realize that today you can go, do and be… anything? Of course there are limitations such as needy children and an employer that is expecting you to show up. But if you wanted it enough, you could literally do anything. Like, today, goddamnit.

  • Call right now to hire a babysitter, sit on a dock and fish for 2 hours.
  • Take one 20-minute internet course to start learning French.
  • Go night swimming under a clear, starry sky. Include clothes if you must.
  • Surprise your lover with a sweet note written on the bathroom mirror using a dry erase marker.

But day after fucking day we do the same things, go the same places, taste the same juices. We are The Walking Dead pushed and pulled by primal urges and blind unconsciousness. 

Which leads us to perhaps the biggest question of all: “What do you WANT?”

So what’cha, what’cha, what’cha, want? (What’cha want?)
— Beastie Boys

If you’re like me, you may not know at times. It’s often a long and painful experience of figuring that out. And that’s the subject for another post on another day. But let’s say you’ve got some ideas. You know what you want to do and be. Then what?

  1. Write it the fuck down. Get it out of your head and down on a page or a smartphone journal app or whatever. If it’s your intention to drive to Vancouver, you don’t just in a car and start down the highway - taking whatever road you “feel” like at each intersection. If you did, God knows where you’d end up, but it won’t be Canada. Know where you’re going, map it out and take deliberate steps to get there.
  2. Every morning set your alarm for 15 minutes earlier than you already do. Wake up and go over a self-made WORKSHEET. Make this part of your habit; copy the previous day's text, paste in a new entry, erase yesterday's input and start over. Perhaps it looks something like this:

DAILY INTENTIONS

Spiritual Practice (spirit): Meditate at 7:30am
Exercise (body): Leg workout at 5:45 tonight
Read (mind): Finish Chapter 3 tonight in bed
Spouse (love): Bring home flowers at lunchtime
Help (serve): Shoot a brief encouragement text to Steve
Create (creation): Start backdrop on painting
Learn (growth): 15-min Spanish lesson over breakfast

Or maybe you sub in other “line items” such as categories for Play, Sexual Exploration, Pet, Children, etc.

This doesn’t mean any of this is inflexible or carved in stone. You should be willing every day to take ALL of your plans, burn them with fire and piss on the ashes if the cosmic winds blow circumstances into your path. As 38 Special said, “Hold On Loosely!” - forgive yourself and SURRENDER to what you cannot control. Hell, maybe all of this control of will and autonomy is an illusion anyway. 

Lastly, you might read through the Worksheet above and say - “That’s way too much; there’s no way! That would require constant attention and to always be living by a notebook.” So start small and add over time. Does this kind of artful living require more focus and effort than the common, modern mindlessness? You bet your sweet, round little ass.  But one thing I know for certain: 

No one accidentally gets good at anything.
No one unintentionally stumbles into a long-lasting,
     amazing relationship.
Or unwittingly builds an empire.
Or inadvertently books a plane to sightsee Peru.
Or wakes up one day to see a life they truly desire. 

There’s a way. You’re just being a puss about it. The only limitation is your imagination and your will.

By Trevor, The Edge of Spirit

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