Blessing must arise from within your own mind. It is not something that comes from outside. When the positive qualities of your mind increase and the negativities decrease, that is what blessing means. The Tibetan word for blessing … means transforming into magnificent potential. Therefore, blessing refers to the development of virtuous qualities you did not previously have and the improvement of those good qualities you have already developed.
― Dalai Lama XIV
Monday, July 20, 2020
“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.”
“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Field of Infinite Possibilities
To understand our spiritual potential, we need to understand consciousness on its own terms, without trying to assess it through the lens of the ego mind or the limitations of the five senses. Only pure awareness can know and experience the nature of consciousness. This is what self-realization means: the true self knowing itself.
In today’s meditation, we come to understand that when awareness knows itself, it discovers that this inner field of consciousness is the silent source of every thought, feeling, and action. It is endlessly creative, a field of infinite possibilities that is our essential being.
Our centering thought for today is: I see myself as a field of infinite possibilities.
Feedback after the Black Lives Matter/Confederate Confrontation You're a courageous mindful advocate in training--like me, like all of us.
The "edge" of compassionate direct action takes a lot of concentration and skill to navigate. It's especially hard alone in a crowd. This is why Thay insists monastics travel with a "second monastic body." It's why his retreats have up to 75 monastics leading them (their combined energy creates the "container" for practice).
Mindful advocates hold questions re our skillfulness, our peace and our effectiveness in our hearts like a koan. The questions keep us humble and not knowing, free from ideologies or being swept into the moment. The questions keep us calm and clear.
And, like you, I know it's important we not wait until we're "perfect" or nothing will ever get done!
I have great confidence in your mindfulness and inner knowing, Ron.