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It’s Never Personal

There is so much nonsense tied into your emotions, what it really comes down to is nothing is worth having your peace of mind taken from you by making what someone else does personal…

Probably the most difficult thing a person will ever do is learn how not to be controlled by the emotional pull of people and outer circumstances. How things are allowed to pull you into them is beyond the comprehension of most. What makes it so difficult is the way you attach to people and the circumstances and take it personal. If a person is unconscious and acts accordingly, or when someone doesn’t do something that is expected of them, it’s taken personal and you are the one who suffers because of it. People disappoint, it seems to be the nature of being human. Because of the self-centeredness of our human conditioning it’s very difficult to see beyond yourself. Very few people really think of others, mostly people think of themselves. It can be disheartening, but only if it’s taken personally.

Because of the self-centered Conditioned Mind most people are unaware of how they affect others. I can’t really care about you if there isn’t awareness how my actions are affecting you, and I won’t even know that my actions are affecting you if all I’m concerned with is me. This is why most people don’t do what they say they are going to do and have little regard how they affect others, because when “I” is your driving force, there is no time or need to have concerns for others.

Understanding this is key in not letting the behavior of others or outer circumstances control your emotions. Taking it personal is tied into emotions. It will take much quietness to understand this and go beyond “I” energy. This is the energy that is causing all this nonsense in the first place. There is so much nonsense tied to emotions, but what it really comes down to is this: “how important is it” because nothing is worth having your peace of mind taken from you by making what someone else does personal…

Understanding Stillness

Doing never gets it done, everything arises from stillness. A flower doesn’t make itself grow, in the Spring it arises from stillness and in the fall it returns; this occurs from its own stillness…

When the stillness of a flower is seen as life itself and not as the flower, that’s when the flower is truly seen; from here is how you will learn to understand yourself. When you see the stillness of yourself as life itself and not as a person, that’s when you will truly see yourself. When that happens you will begin to understand your life and it will be in understanding your stillness that you will understand the stillness of the flower.

Enjoy your life, but the enjoyment is not in the things of life that is experience, joy is from stillness. Conditioning produces noise, stillness produces joy. That which you seek to enjoy is noise, joy cannot be attained because it’s already there and you cannot attain that which you already possess, but you will only know this in stillness.

Find a place to sit where it’s quiet. Sit and be mindful of each breath, not you breathing in and out, but how each breath occurs on its own; sit with this mindfulness. Watch how many breaths you can count before the mind wanders. I get to about forty five sometimes fifty and no matter how hard I concentrate it wanders. When I started doing this I could count to six. This is one way of developing the discipline to discover your inner stillness. When you understand the noise you will understand the stillness. Just watch the flower, don’t label it, just watch it. The flower never labels itself, through stillness it simply arises. It never consciously does anything, out of the stillness it appears. In stillness is where all of life arise from, because stillness itself is life; just ask the flower…

Here and Now Truth

When you live in the quietness of the Here and Now, it will be realized that even if the so called mystery of life was solved it really wouldn’t change much of what happens…

The mystery of life will always be; answers are looked for that can’t truly be answered. You can make up answers that fit nicely in your conditioned world, but this doesn’t make life any less of a mystery. You may feel better when you do this, but this is only a by product of your Conditioned Mind. I don’t know if it’s possible to ever solve the mystery of life and truthfully I don’t think it matters. It really doesn’t make a difference if it’s known how we evolved or if it’s known what happens when we die; it doesn’t prevent anything from happening. To me it’s more of a benefit to learn how to solve the mystery of living in the Here and Now; only when the mind is quiet will this be done.

In the presence of a quiet mind it’s not that the mystery of life that’s solved, it’s more so the concern of the mystery falls away. In quietness there is no mystery because there is simply quietness. There are so many things in life that will never be understood, but that’s not to say you can’t know truth. Knowing truth sets you free, it doesn’t solve any of life’s mysteries. Truth doesn’t allow you to understand the mystery of life, but what it will allow is for you stop trying to constantly solve it. Once this occurs, you realize that whether the mystery is solved or not it doesn’t really change all that much as far as the truth of the Here and Now is concerned…

Trusting Life

Happiness is a by product of love. It is not something that can be forced to happen, it will only happen when you trust life to produce it as opposed to trying to force it…

You can try and force things to happen in your life, or you can simply trust life. Trusting life produces a much different living arrangement than trying to force things. Instead of the constant tugging, there is a certain ease and peace when you trust. The tugging is produced directly from trying to force things. Trusting produces the opposite, both are within your grasp, it’s a matter of what you truly want in your life; things your way or peace.

You will know what you want by what it is you pay attention to. The things that you pay attention become the base of life. If you always pay attention to wanting the pleasures of life than self serving energy will be your base. If you always pay attention to how can you bring more love into the lives of all beings than that energy will be your base. To be free of the self serving mind is to stop trying to force happiness and trust life to produce it. To cultivate a mind that looks how it can love more produces a life that’s based in trust and when you stop trying to force your happiness, it is than that we will truly be happy because it’s a by product of love not of want…

Focused Attention

Your focused attention determines your existence. If it’s on thoughts of self, you will be selfish. What do you gain if you possess the whole world, but aren’t liberated from your selfish attention…

The key to mindfulness is turning your focus away from what you are greedy or lusting for and also for what you are distressed about. When your mind gets stuck it needs to become unstuck; what makes it get stuck is your focused attention. This attention is mostly focused in satisfying the self in some way. Pay attention to the sensations of the body, of feeling, mind states, and mental formations. These are a direct path to what is real and what will liberate you from suffering. Liberation from suffering is not pain free, it’s learning to be with the pain when it arises. You cannot hide from reality. You can divert your attention away from it, but then it becomes your master. To no longer have your focus centered on satisfying the self is where the path of being mindful leads to. Break free of the grip that the self has on you.

How you do this is by stopping the focused attention on the self and start turning your attention on what will liberate you from its grip. The self is there, it has been given an identity, it has a name, and so many different roles attached to it, but it creates bondage because of the mere fact of the attachment it has to itself. Liberation is understanding truth of existence, it isn’t in creating a concept of truth or anything else. You can only be free when you are paying attention to what allows freedom, but it’s tricky because of the mastery of the self. Constant vigilance is needed for an understanding of liberation from your self. You are alive so you exist, but it will be your focused attention that determines the extent of the liberation you will experience and that will be the determining factor in your freedom from yourself…

Tools of Peace

If the tools available which allow you access to your own inner peace aren’t used correctly, you will live a life that generates noise and there will be very little real peace in your life…

As a species we think to much and when we think we generate noise. The more you think, the more noise is generated and the less peace there is in your life. The less peace there is in your life, the less peace you will generate to others. True life occurs in the stillness that we generate, yet we live in the exact opposite way. There are many tools out there to change this, but most go unused. You cannot generate peace if don’t know how to. The noise created is the “I” mind not wanting to live in the the present moment. Peace will never be generated creating a concept or belief nor will it occur living in the past or future energy. Peace can only be generated in the Now, and only if the tools that are available are used and used correctly. It’s not magical, it takes much discipline to truly understand yourself and what blocks you from your own peace.

Each individual has the right to be at peace, but very few are because of the Conditioned Mind. Here’s the kicker, if you don’t think this applies to you, this is all part of your conditioned noise. Once you think, you are under the spell of your Conditioned Mind. Live a life that generates noise and noise is what your life will consist of. Use the tools that allow the understanding of what generates noise and practice using them as if your life depends on them and you will become the peace that passes all understanding. It’s not a peace generated by thinking or by making up concepts and beliefs about it, it’s a peace generated by stillness. You can only be still when the tools available are utilized to allow it. Do nothing and nothing will be different or use the tools that are available and see what happens…

At Ease With Yourself

Your actions are the indicator of your true state of being. Beliefs produce actions that come from your head. Your natural state of at ease produces actions that are from your heart…

A spirit led life isn’t based on a belief system, it’s based on what aligns you with Universal Love. Your point of view is not a spiritual principle. A construct or an idea of God isn’t God. Spirituality isn’t something made up. The stilling of all mind formations is the key to a spirit guided life, not a made up belief. Learn to breathe in easy and relaxed and find what is the cause when you lose that ease. This is the only true spiritual principle that’s needed. When you learn this that’s when you will notice what is guiding your life.

If there’s a noise in you car, turning up the radio will not fix it. It needs to be investigated as to what the cause of the noise is. With the identification of the cause of the noise, the car can be repaired and made to run smoothly because it is realigned with its original specs. Find what causes your noise and you will realign with your original specs which is Universal Love.

There isn’t some spot that you will leap into that will bring you to some mystical or magical state. It will take concentration and discipline to get you to a state of ease. Remember when you were learning how to drive a car how nervous you were, but now you don’t even think about it, you get in the car and just drive away. It’s this way with our mind activity. In the beginning because of our conditioning and not living a life conducive to Universal Love, it’s difficult to remain in our place of ease, but the more you align with Universal Love, the more it becomes your natural place to be, but it will take some time and effort for this to occur.

It isn’t your belief system that needs to be revamped, it’s looking at your constructs and revamping the attachment to them so your mind activity which controls your actions, is aligned with Universal Love. This is your choice every moment of everyday. Kowing what takes you from your place of ease and making sure you do what’s necessary to keep you there is the difference in living a life of suffering or living a peaceful life. A peace that isn’t dependent on a made up belief system, but it is contingent on being aligned with the natural state of Universal Love…