This photo of Earth displays the quality of shared existence and non-distinction. The atmosphere little by little blends with universal space, the clouds – seen from above them – reveal the rolling currents of moisture that they are, and no continents, no buildings, just one whole is seen. Life IS one, all beings are one.
Meditation is one way by which we can systematically undo the sense of singularity and distinction that is habituated in our mind. Though these characteristics are championed in the human-made world of thought, separate is untrue. No separate fingers are typing right now. At first glance, the fingers are part of a body-mind-being complex but fingers are also not fingers. The word finger is describing a vast collection of bones, sinews, cartilage, blood, nerves, and each of these are types of cells with atoms and particles and more space than anything else. Nothing is separate and nothing is only what we think.
What loving kindness is cannot truly be defined but it can be lived from. Loving kindness, like a finger, has many ingredients and each is another full something that cannot truly be defined but can be lived from. Respect, equanimity, care, courtesy, love, joy and harmony, appreciation, gratitude, and compassion each are full components of loving kindness and loving kindness is within each of these.
When distinctions blur, the heart is opening. As the heart opens, distinctions fade. They were non-existent in the first place like the idea of a finger being a finger.
Thank you for your participation in meditation – whether you use the one’s posted here or any other form. My apologies to those who are regulars to the online practice this morning, Saturday. I slept right through the timing after traveling all day yesterday.
Online meditation will be on hiatus until Saturday, June 15 when I’ll be back from teaching meditation retreat in Milwaukee.
Much love to everyone! Keep meditating. The world needs all good vibes!
“No eyes, no ears, no nose, no tongue, no body, no mind,” reminds us that we are vastly more than our senses and that assumed reality is too. What one sees, for example, is described in one’s mind by the repeated sights and commentary to them that have previously happened. This is one of the reasons for culture shock regarding all of the senses. Cultural preferences of what one likes to “see” around one, what is beautiful or harmonious and what is not, and why a person returning from a meditation retreat can experience a similar sensory shock are born from the consistency of sensory input of a selected nature.
But, everything and everyone is more than what appears or seems to be present. Conceptually, we know this, but do we live from this knowing? “No eyes, no ears, etc.” is inviting us to do so.
Today’s meditation combines shamatha’s tranquility, altitude, and clarity with vipashyana’s penetrating insight.