All the world’s adrift, like an empty boat on an endless sea. And not just the world. Galaxies. Universes. Cells. Even black holes. All that moves in time and space. It’s not a wild drift. It turns like a clock face, perpetuating an uninterrupted cycle of rise, stabilize, decline, dissolve and re-arising. Inside and out […]
Sometimes, I forget that I have bipolar disorder. Sometimes the shifts and swings are so gradual and nuanced, so smoothed out by practice that I don’t even notice them. Other times, well, they’re front and center. They rampage, they grip me like a vice. Monday night was great. I was up, I felt so energized […]
It’s like this: We have a beam of white light. Well, that’s how it appears, anyway. Then we hold up a prism, and a full array of colors come shooting out the other side. Anatta (not-self) is just like that. It seems like there’s someone in our bodies and minds running the show, like the […]
We can’t define ourselves, others, and life based on comparisons because there’s always another side to it that calls BS. Even my lifelong depression takes a hit when I ask, “Depressed compared to what? Anxious compared to what?”
Who am I when I suspend these comparisons? What do I feel? What do I want? Am I suddenly a happy, handsome, famous writer? No, but suddenly that isn’t as important anymore. But not important compared to what?
The path to freedom from suffering is essentially a path of freedom from the view, “I’m suffering.”
“The first step is to stop trying to escape our pain but to see it as part of the whole, to see its natural beauty. There’s a beauty to shadows, isn’t there? And when you see a shadow, that means there’s a light somewhere.”
Samsara is our cyclic thoughts, feelings, impulses, and behaviors.
How mirrors teach emptiness
“Look at it,” Jing Shen said. “Don’t turn away, and don’t grab hold of it. Just look. What do you see?” “Jealousy,” I replied, with a set jaw and creased brow. “I’m jealous of their friendship. I wish that’s what we had. But, she doesn’t need me.” “How does that feel?” “It hurts.” “Is there tension […]
Focusing on the body as the Path
The Path is beyond -isms