Step 14b: drop by drop

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leaf_drops_by_adambettley-d3i1gonDrop by drop, streams are fed, rivers flow, oceans are fed. Moment by moment, awareness is cultivated and living awareness is the excellence of an awareness continuum just a river is the fullness of millions of flowing drops. When a moment of awareness, wisdom, generosity, kindness, focus on others rather than oneself is the moment, it makes possible the next moment of the same. The next moment then will be the second, fourth, 100th, millionth, and not put-off-yet-again first. Then the benefits which are the flawless return of awareness, wisdom, generosity and so forth will also result because there is a flow and not a staccato, intermittent way with awareness.

The simplicity of truth is too simple for our ego that prefers control and therefore complexity. Awareness and its expressions of excellence and compassion are causal of that which is creative and positive. Living from a contracted controlling sense of self is causal of limitation, worry, troubles, and repeated unhappiness for oneself and those one contacts. Just as pollution creates disease and non-pollution provides a healthy environment, so living awareness creates the continuum of goodness and awareness to be one’s life. Such a life is a source of blessing.

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14a: flawless awareness

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“Freedom” by graur razvan ionut

Awareness is every moment. Awareness is also in every moment. A human being must come to a fundamental understanding: that in this moment, no matter what it contains or seems to be, is flawless awareness. You and I already are simple embodied awareness, we already are content, our mind stream is already bright and spacious, limitless in scope. Awareness is in every moment because Awareness is every moment.

Step 14, living awareness, is the last step of The Practice. We’ll engage what already IS for a week and then take a few weeks off from online practice in order live our practice and, with dedication to wholeness and the well-being of life, to meditate on our own faithfully.

Yet, always remember, on the cushion must become the living awareness off the cushion. One’s meditation practice is for life, not a rest. It is for the discovery of what already is, and life already is part of that discovery.

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Harmony–Life

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earth-sun-space-1Interconnected, interdependent, one. No one and no thing can exist on this planet without the sacrifice, surrender, and miraculous participation of multiple beings. The air you are breathing is sourced from other living beings. The bones in your body are sourced from other beings. The food each of us eats is literally the flesh of plant and animal beings. Without a complex connected network of beings, none of us would be alive. Interdependence is.

And Harmony is the drive of Life. Harmony is what all beings seek. Within harmony is peace, ease, contentment, and grace. Harmony contains happiness, bliss, joy, and creativity. These are the flow of harmony. Mother Earth is a planet designed according the principles of harmony and interconnectedness. We celebrate in this world service meditation.

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Step 13f: integrity, flow, Presence

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EarthCore2526TubeTorusArtistNyakoNakarPlease watch or listen to the beginning few minutes teaching of the meditation. A modern lifestyle divides a person through distraction and diversion. This is unhealthy to every part of a human being, as well as brings detriment to family, workplace, and the world. Meditation has the goal of Presence, integrity, and wisdom such that integrity ensures ethical action, Presence is lived as kindness and respect, and wisdom is the common source of words, decisions, and gratitude. Distraction undermines all of this human excellence.

The toroidal flow is the direct experience of these truths. Distracted, there is no continuity of mind, concentration, ease or peace of mind. Distraction riles the emotional body, creates reaction, irritation, impatience, survival-mode responses. Distraction generates cortisol because distraction divides the self into parts, each unsettled, each disturbed from its innate flow (mind, emotions, physical processes, and such).

Meditation trains us to notice. But more importantly, it provides the opportunity to experience a greater Real. As one experiences the fact and flow of energy and auric fields, of peace and continuity of mind, of contentment of the feeling nature, then the divisive and destructive nature of distraction can be understood for its negativity.

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