My training had introduced me to the spacious awareness of my natural mind. We compare this awareness to open skies and oceans — references meant to invoke immeasurable vastness, even though awareness is more immeasurable than skies and oceans combined. Once we learn to recognize the ever-present quality of awareness, to let go of the conditioned and contingent mind and recognize that we are this spacious awareness, then our thoughts and emotions manifest as waves or clouds inseparable from awareness. With recognition, we no longer get carried away by the stories that keep our minds spinning in repetitive cycles, or jumping around like a crazy monkey.
from the book In Love with the World: A Monk's Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying
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- It’s how we relate to emotions
- Meditative awareness
- Fundamentally pure and good
- The masks that hide our true selves
- Only with recognition
- Ego-grasping death comes before life
- Stretching a bit further
- Anywhere, anytime
- Nothing endures but change
- Accepting whatever happens