Coffee Musings: the exstatic bliss of a cup of fresh hot coffee after a steak dinner can not be lessened.
Friday, December 08, 2006
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. - Buddha
The candle that lights another grows brighter in the world. What a wonderful gift of being the spark for another. Hey Hey, My My. Share happiness. Misery never decreases by being shared either. Spread happiness or spread dispair. The choice is really pretty easy. I am going to be happiness and spread happiness and reflect happiness for all to see and be.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
There is no mystery whatever - only inability to perceive the obvious. 'All Else is Bondage; Non-Volitional Living' - Wei Wu Wei
There is no mystery. I heard this several years ago. Albert was talking and spoke of Wakan Tanka. The Great Mystery. That which we can not conceive. Albert said there is no mystery. many years later I am just starting to understand. The mystery creates a rift. The mystery creates a subjugation. It produces a situation of less then and lower. Everything is related. Each of us to one another. Us to this earth and everything upon it. We are related to the spirit and the creator. We are relatives and all one. When we relegate ourselves to a position of being less then we lose our self and those relations.
Because we do not understand something does not make it a mystery. It does not make us less then that which we do not understand. It just shows us we have not yet come to a place we can perceive. The mystery is not outside of us but it is within us. We do not know ourselves. We do not know us. We are afraid to be who it is really truly are and reflects in our disassociation with the world and all the possibilities. It is a cop out. We are not separate no matter what we have been taught.
I believe it changes the relationship with the creator when we approach the relationship without separation. We are the creator. We are of creation. The creator is us. I use the term creator here as a universal understanding of the nature of the universe and that of the godhead observed by man. I do not wish to offend so I therefore reserve right to wording in a vague manner. So we sit with the creator and creation and have amongst us all our relatives of creation. There is no mystery.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Having found no self that is not other, The seeker must find that there is no other that is not self, So that in the absence of both other and self, There may be known the perfect peace, Of the presence of absolute absence. "The Tenth Man" by Wei Wu Wei
Hang on tight. if there is absolute absence then how can it have presence? with absence there is nothing. it if is not there it can not be there. Are we aware of the self? Are we aware of the other? There is no self, there is no other. without the self there can be no other just as without the other there can be no self. knowing the self and knowing the other leads to knowing there is neither. without the self and without the other there is nothing. In nothing there is peace.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
By becoming attached to names and forms, not realizing that they have no more basis than the activities of the mind itself, error rises and the way to emancipation is blocked. -Buddha
I am thinking I may have to find another site for the daily meditation as this one repeats often. Granted this is a good one to reflect upon again. Let it be. Things are as they are. People are who they are. The world operates as the world operates. Understanding is difficult and perhaps not attainable. It is in understanding that we try to control? Acceptance is not easy but it requires not our input or interpretation of the nature of things. We just go with it. No control.
So the computer is the computer but it is not the computer and we no longer see the computer. We interact with the computer as a tool and it does what we desire (some of the time) and we do not use it really beyond the capacity in which we need it to fulfill our daily activities. The computer tho is much greater and capable then the purposes for which we tap. So we begin to see the computer as an object fulfilling only a certain need. We have to take off the blinders and begin to look at it and our relationship to the computer differently. We have done the same thing, the same way for so very long it is difficult to break free.
I think that applies to other things in life as well. Our relationships with others have been the way they are for so long there is nothing different. The past has dictated how we view them and our interactions. What we remember and reactions and feelings dictate current interactions. Both have changed many times and the interactions do have the possibility of being different today. Willingness to change and to do things differently today. Holding onto the past and issues there can be detrimental. It can dictate a false set of expectations. It blocks us in effect from anything new. Granted many times nothing changes, there is no difference and the protections and guards we have in place so we do not get hurt or hurt another are important. These things where they can inhibit our progress in some situations also serve to lighten our load and give us comfort. At what point are we willing to let go of all those things within us?
Monday, December 04, 2006
The sixth step of the Eightfold Path is Right Effort, meaning to abstain from all evil states of mind and to foster and maintain virtuous states of mind: compassion, pity, sympathy, calmness and tranquility.
Right effort is a might good thing. Do the right thing as Spike Lee would say. Foster the kind. I think empathy would be better then pity and sympathy. Outmoded words for a feeling of loving care for our world and fellow man. It is the goal of this season to become like the child of god we are. We are all god's children. Do we live in that fashion? Calmness and tranquility allow us to be at peace with all. It opens us to the possibilities. When we are disturbed and out of balance we are not able to focus on the care and love. It is necessary to enter the day, enter the moment with that calm. To walk forward with peace in our hearts and minds.
I think if our actions are based on thoughts and motivations that are pure our lives will become a reflection of that purity. The way we are to be and what it is we do and act become who we are. Changing our minds to be good and whole. Changing our actions too. Work in love.