Mindfulness for Beginners

Mindfulness for Beginners – Uncovering Inner Peace This 90 minute class will introduce you to the practice of mindfulness.  In the classroom we’ll chat about the physical, emotional, and mental benefits of mindfulness and how to call upon these gifts when we’re stressed or tired. We’ll explore the nature of the thinking mind, and how to shift …

2019 Nonduality and Self Inquiry Meetings

Our self-inquiry gatherings are for ardent pilgrims.  We discuss and explore the nature of what is self-evident, here, now.  We expose and grok the illusory nature and appearance of the personal self and rest in the spaciousness of aware presence, just this, here, now. We are so convinced that accumulating knowledge is beneficial. It is this knowledge that …

Spiritual Bypassing by John Welwood, Ph.D.

HUMAN NATURE, BUDDHA NATURE On Spiritual Bypassing, Relationship, and the Dharma An interview with John Welwood by Tina Fossella Note: Dr. Welwood passed away Jan. 17, 2019 Spiritual bypassing is a term I coined to describe a process I saw happening in the Buddhist community I was in, and also in myself. Although most of us were …

Charactering

I opened our local newspaper this morning and saw this nondual comic while looking to see if my name is listed in the obituaries as Carl Reiner suggests. Apparently I am still here. I took myself quite seriously until the early 1990s when I began looking more deeply into the Eastern religions and philosophies. Something akin to Grace swept me towards …

A Me Wanting to Be

Let’s dig into the tendency to make meaning of what is appearing. When peeling the proverbial nonduality onion we often see duality as a concept to be hacked, dissolved, erased, believing duality is the problem.  Most, if not all of us, see nonduality as a goal, a state, and a finish line to cross or acquire on the …

Intellect

Many are obsessed with intellectual accomplishments and use the body as a vehicle to service the brain/mind. This is can be quite satisfying to those addicted to information and knowledge. When it’s all been read, said, studied, and analyzed, the body, not the brain/mind, is the better guide to what is authentic and not a reproduction from …

Surrender and Silence of the Lambs

Today we’ll walk towards what frightens most of us…surrender, falling through ourselves and letting go.  Before 2011, reading sentences like the previous one would have sent my heart rate soaring as I had major control issues.  My control issues were so deep, and the panic and anxiety so wide, that I nearly had a meltdown in 1991 …

Center of “Me”

It feels like we have a center, yes? I certainly thought so for most of my life…until one day I noticed I (as anita) was a well-developed concept and set of beliefs. Logically, and with all you have been taught, you believe you can feel life, aliveness, streaming through your body and that there is a center …

Thinking About Thoughts?

When we begin to soften, to let go a bit, and perceive with an attitude and lens of not-knowing, we ease into vulnerability, rawness, and a willingness to meet and greet what is appearing instead of living in our mental processes (thinking, thoughts, ideas, beliefs, memories, and imaginings). A deeper understanding of what is appearing resides beyond …

Longing

Most of us long to fix and improve ourselves and make an imaginary entity (a me) feel better, even more spiritual. Religions are famous for perpetuating this notion of being a separate and personal self in need of redemption.  We innocently turn to spirituality, religion, alcohol, drugs, sex, and money to fill the emptiness we feel as …

Glimpsing Perfection

I kiss the lips of oblivion and my name is abyss. So deeply washed as this mystery I cannot comprehend or explain how I’ve awakened as an endless swoosh of the cosmos through my heart. The ideas and beliefs conjured as imaginary Anita seem so selfish and small now as seamless emptiness breathes the body and dances …

Easy Breezy Waking Up

I am not surprised to read the misleading content below from a well known and respected website about the science of nonduality: “Nonduality is the philosophical, spiritual, and scientific understanding of non-separation and fundamental intrinsic oneness. For thousands of years, through deep inner inquiry, philosophers and sages have come to the realization that there is only one …

What is Nondual Philosophy?

The essays and posts on this website are about the science and philosophy of infinite, edgeless, timeless, aware presence based upon a simplified philosophy of life or creation appearing as “not-two.”  Jesus the Christ, the Buddha, Lao Tzu, and now quantum physics point towards this peaceful and healing way of perceiving life as undivided, edgeless, timeless, and …

Relationships

Today’s essay is brought to you by the joys and heartaches of relationships. I received a note this week from “I’m Outta Here” — a younger fella who is about to strangle his very chatty girlfriend and wonders how awakening impacts relationships. This is a good question as it sends us straight into inquiry to look at …

Ashtavakra Gita

I devoured the paradoxical and powerful teachings of the Ashtavakra Gita, in particular, 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 omnipresent energy.  Meaning “not-two” and, as such, Advaita can be said to be the essence of all matter, all particles, visible, invisible, …

Paradoxical Jesus

I identified as a Christian pilgrim since the 1960s when I was baptized in a Southern Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC.  As an adult, I began attending the United Methodist Church since, in general, the UMC seems more inclusive to women and gays in the congregational leadership and ministry. But only after the miracle of awakening in …

Politics

I received these current events questions below via email: Anita, here are some questions for you regarding conscious responses to the current political unfoldment: How to Be the accepting of all as is while saying no to actions that create suffering? How to resist harmful actions by seeming others without inner resistance?  Having no idea that anything should be other …

Karma

Many pilgrims worship and explore the nature of an Absolute or God when pondering a spiritual life, existence, and the afterlife. It seems there is nothing scarier than to imagine an endless oblivion at the death of the body, or while appearing to live, for that matter.  As humans, most of us yearn for there to be something …

Archetypes

Humans, believing themselves to be separate beings, begin collecting stories about themselves because they believe what others tell them they are and they believe the thoughts passing through the mind are personal thoughts. All this collecting…of stories and beliefs establishes or develops illusory personas, egos, and archetypes animating the traits and propensities humans take themselves to be.  Humans …

Animals

Animals do not think and do not believe they live in a relative world of subjects and objects.  Nor are animals saddled with the tendency to name, label, and claim experiences and judge or evaluate life or reality into relative buckets as humans do. Animals are in tune with the organic and primal urges moving through them …

Appearances Can Be Deceiving

The belief that creation unfolds at the feet of seven billion individuals, each with a personal awareness and consciousness, is the belief of the vast majority. I also believed this until 2011 when I witnessed the falling away of the personal identity I claimed as mine. I had been consumed for decades with spiritual introspection, and later …