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Comment by Alexa EagleFeather on February 21, 2013 at 1:24pm

thanks Dean (and hello!). with perception we can think we know. and with more perception we can find we don't. I'm happy that you're here! :) freedom, indeed.

Comment by dean meason on February 20, 2013 at 4:17pm

Hello Alexa and Sam

Alexa, my first thought when hearing of the tragety in Aurora was "no doubt she is being guided". Our destiny is always right  and without regard to our human plans,and yet know that we have so chosen.

Andrews AFB was my home for 4 years in the early 1950's, my only war story was "thank God I'm here and not in Korea. Some 50 years later I discovered that my ancestors are  burried all over the Virginia Colony My granfather Francis Meason/Mason landed at Jamestown in 1613. Most of the colony, including his wife and daughter,perished in the massacre of 1620.Thank God he remarried and had other children (hence me)

Sam, We follow the same path.For me it has been a lifetime process. At age 5 my father and I had a discussion about Santa Claus.Any day that includes a break from orthodoxy is a great day, A new breath of freedom.

Comment by Alexa EagleFeather on February 20, 2013 at 10:17am

Hi Sam. That is a great share for all of us. And an important practice to be reminded of today. Thank you.

It reminds me of a teaching Thich Nhat Hahn shares in a practice he calls "Are you sure?" It's remaining aware and observant of our thoughts, of our mind, and asking ourselves this simple question. He puts it this way:

 

Tools for Today - Are you sure?

Great exercise for cleaning up erroneous perception...


Looking Deeply into Perceptions—Are You Sure?
 
Then we meditate on our perceptions. The Buddha observed, The person who suffers most in this world is the person with many wrong perceptions…. And most of our perceptions are erroneous. We see a snake in the dark and we panic, but when our friend shines a light on it, we see that it is only a rope. We have to know which wrong perceptions cause us to suffer.
 
Please calligraph the sentence, “Are you sure?” on a piece of paper and tape it to your wall. Love meditation helps us to learn to look with clarity and serenity in order to improve the way we perceive.
- Thich Nhat Hahn
 
Thank you Sam!
Comment by Sam Maurer on February 19, 2013 at 12:24pm

I question everything I think I know,only to keep an open mind.

Comment by Alexa EagleFeather on February 12, 2013 at 10:37am

A moment of awakening is one that stops your mind. Where your mind goes clear, and you become present. Alert. Aware.

 

I had one of these moments recently, and it is still here.

 

Last week we found out that my beloved big dog Jersey has an agressive form of lymphoma cancer. It is fast spreading and the prognosis is not usually good, though we are hopeful her treatments and mostly her switch to a whole raw meat diet might bring her a clearing and period of remission and clearing. That and lots of Reiki and love.

She is strong. And we keep a clear vision for her, and love her every day.

 

Jersey is only 7. And strong and hearty, in more ways than one, and gorgeous, active, full of life. And deeply compassionate. One day she was 'fine,' the next day she had trouble walking around the house and a strange cluster of lumps on her skin. Within a month her skin was full of the lumps and bumps, one open sore, quickly spreading and out of control.

The news and illness came as a complete shock and surprise. And the news has also caused a beautiful awakening in our home. We, my husband and I both, suddenly became present. Present to her, with each other, and within the context of life. Present to the grief, our feelings, to life. 

 

We don't always need a serious life event to break us open, to silence our minds, or, as Pema says, to stop our minds. Sometimes we have these moments in our normal, everyday regular-ol' human lives.

Sometimes they also come with a sense of humor (we hope) about our own awakening to our humble humanity. Like in the post below.

 

I love this teaching from Buddist mentor Pema Chodron on moments that stop your mind. I will share it below:

Comment by Alexa EagleFeather on February 12, 2013 at 10:19am

A moment of awakening is one that stops your mind. Where your mind is quiet, and you are present. A wonderful teaching from Pema Chodron:

Whatever You Meet Unexpectedly, Join With Meditation

 "This is the slogan about surprises as gifts. These surprises can be pleasant or unpleasant; the main point is that they can stop your minds. You're walking along and a snowball hits you on the side of the head. It stops your mind.
 
I was being driven in a car one day, when a horn honked loudly from behind. A car comes up by my window and the driver's face is purple and he's shaking his fist at me - my window is rolled down and so is his - and he yells "Get a job!" That one still stops my mind. ...
 
The instruction is that when something stops your mind, catch the moment of that gap, that moment of big space, that moment of bewilderment, that moment of total astonishment, and let yourself rest in it a little longer than you ordinarily might.
Interestingly enough, this is also the instruction on how to die. The moment of death is apparently a major surprise.
 
After the gap, when you've begun to talk to yourself again - "That horrible person" or "Wasn't it wonderful that he allowed me to rest my mind in the nature of alaya?" - you could catch yourself and start to do tonglen practice.
Let the story line go and get in touch. Usually we're so caught up in ourselves, we're hanging on to ourselves so tightly, that it takes a Mack truck knocking us down to wake us up and stop our minds. But really, as you begin to practice, it could just take the wind blowing the curtain.
 
I had an interesting experience of something surprising me like this on retreat. I had been practicing all day, after which you might think I would be in a calm, saintly frame of mind. But as I saw that someone had left dirty dishes, I started to get really angry.
Now, on this retreat we put our name on our dishes... there was only one woman of our group of eight who would leave such a mess. Who did she think was going to wash these dishes, her mother? Did she think we were all her slaves? I was really getting into this, I was thinking, "I've know her for a long time, but actually she might as well have never meditated for the way she's so inconsiderate of everybody else on this planet."
 
When I got to the sink, I looked at the plate, and the name on it was "Pema" and the name on the cup was "Pema" and the name on the knife was "Pema". It was all mine! Needless to say, that cut my trip considerably. It also stopped my mind."
(From her book Start Where You Are)
Comment by Alexa EagleFeather on February 5, 2013 at 10:30am

What are your favorite practices and teachings? How do you apply them (or do you) in your daily life? Do you have favorite teachers or books? Do you have questions? What lessons are showing up for you in life at this time. What are you learning and growing with today. - this is a space to grow and share. And open for those who wish to share the work. ~ love ~

Comment by Alexa EagleFeather on February 4, 2013 at 12:24pm

Do the dishes. Paint the painting. Care for the dog.

This is Buddhism.

namaste

 

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