Even Emptiness is Empty; When thoughts about emptiness or lack of self arise, look at the thought itself. It releases and you return to your original nature.The antidote is the realization that our discursive (wandering,digressing) thoughts have no origin… But we…
It wasn’t until recently that I realized that the people that broke me were the people I was still turning to for validation and love, and I did not understand why I continually was getting rejected by them.
'It is not easy to stop and be present. Our sense of presence, or essential being, is the most powerful gift we can offer, and in turn, we can draw out that quality in others. there is tremendous value in simply being able to sit still and be with another person without pretense. But in our…
Try to see the peace underneath the these stressful situation, underneath all the noise and seeming chaos of your university. Try to see the calmness there. If you can sense it underneath the noise, try to see that this calmness is underneath all your mental noise, all your thoughts that cause stress and panic. Try to feel it; a calmness in your chest. It might be slight. It might take time, but investigate, see if it is there.
Try to just be curious about your feelings. Try to see what this panic actually feel is like. Try to feel it as just a guest in your body, just another thing to sense. It is in you, just let it be. Try to see that there is nothing to be afraid of. These are just feelings, just thoughts. Don’t run from them. If we run to the bathroom or out of the room we strengthen them, we give them power over us. They control us.
Practice conscious breathing while not in a stressful situation. While you are in bed before you fall asleep, feel your breath. Feel it go in and out, just feel it. There is no stress in this, just breathe. Relax your muscles and just be. Take this practice to your time at school, if you notice stress in you, a tightness, just breathe, follow your breath. Most universities are a beautiful place, just look around at the beauty. Breathe and look. Hear the noise and see what is causing you stress and just push that to the background. Make the foreground of your life your breath and your breathing. This will help you relax and get perspective. Relaxing will help you think, ideas will flow easier. Creativity comes for a relaxed, connected place.
If you haven’t read Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now, I’d recommend picking it up and having a look at it. It has helped me a lot with my anxieties and I think it might help you too.
'The Buddha was instructing his monks: Suppose there is a king who has never heard the sound of a lute. He hears it for the first time and exclaims, 'What is that beautiful sound?'
His courtiers tell him it is the sound of a lute.
'Bring me that lute,' he orders
But when he is given the lute he…
I find trees to be keepers of profound truths in the form of simply being a tree. The branches of trees show the fractal form of the universe. The falling leaves perfectly show the practice of detachment. They offer shelter to all creatures, not judging. They grow to make a seed, which grows into a tree, and make another seed. That is it’s cycle, and it never really dies. It is constantly reborn each spring, each seed.
Yes, the tao flows in all places, to both the left and the right.
In a tree, the universe is manifest.