Monkey Mind

Meditating often distracts from seeing what IS, unless there is awareness of what is meditating. And seeing what is meditating, desiring to feed the monkey mind with meditation slowly dissolves. Nothing needs purifying…investigate what wants to purify the mind and then dissolve those beliefs and concepts. Even when observing a fairly quiet mind, as long as the belief in …

Not Two

I devoured the paradoxical and powerful teachings of the Ashtavakra Gita and other Advaita teachings on the spiritual path. Advaita (the Sanskrit word meaning “not-two”) are the scriptures within the ancient Vedanta teachings pointing towards a singular illusory omnipresent energy.  Meaning “not-two” and, as such, is the essence of all matter, all particles, visible, invisible, excluding nothing, and including …

Subject-Object

Sensing and perceiving arise spontaneously…but not to a personal self…even though experientially it seems and feels close enough to be “within” the sensory experience. Subject (creation) and object (creation) appear only when sensing and perceiving arise and the brain/mind applies labels, names, and concepts to what is appearing. The brain/mind habitually attempts to categorize and quantify what …

Scientific Mechanisms of Mind

Where is the mind? What is the mind?  In this age of swift advancements in brain imaging and research, we are uncovering a few of the mysterious functions of the brain, mind, and body. For deeper reading, an excellent research paper linked here provides the medical/scientific foundation as well as a philosophical and spiritual foundation.   The author …

Vastness

Musings on what I am and am not… I cannot describe what I am, I am beyond words and definitions, but I know that in awakening I gained nothing and lost nothing…I as Anita remains as an appearance of the dream…detail oriented, creative, introverted, sometimes pissy, and usually weird. I’ve never been born, I will never die, …

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Duke Integrative Medicine’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) is a method of using meditation and yoga to simply notice what is appearing and reduce stress. It is based on the ancient practice of mindfulness, which is about simply noticing the sensory aliveness of what is appearing and enjoying the richness of living. I enrolled and completed this …

Mindfulness Benefits

The benefits of a mindfulness practice continue to appear in the headlines of local, national, and global news outlets. We now read about police departments, hospitals, the military, mental health professionals and teachers using mindfulness to increase productivity, clarity, health, mood, performance, and relieve stress. Daily mindfulness practices have been linked to healthy glucose levels, yet another …