Impermanence

Impermanence equals change. Because all things, people, societies, cultures, animals, systems, emotions, thoughts, beliefs (and anything else that can be named) are impermanent, transition, transformation, learning, newness, inventions and discoveries can happen. Because of impermanence death, birth, aging, seasonal changes, climate disruption, value and devaluation happen. Experiences, living life, and going through one’s day are each a series of one change after another. Some have the appearance or felt-sense of duration such as the length of a life, how long before aging starts its precipitous decline, years in a marriage or job or living in one place, or long-term friendships; yet all of them will succumb to impermanence. That’s just how phenomena are.

No ill will is intended by Nature or this Truth, rather the opposite. Understanding of Truth, letting go of that which will ultimately be gone anyway and, furthermore, realizing that all things (ALL manifestations of everything) come and go proffers in-the-moment presence because that moment will never be again. Rather than clinging to what was and thus not being present to what is, through understanding that all phenomenal expressions are impermanent liberates a person into the richly textured, vibrating nowness of the only now that is and will ever be.

Colorado went from thisĀ  to this within hours on Sept 8.

Due to the efforts over years of the Anderson, Kircher, and Meyerson families, the little hub of Jaroso (less than 1/2 mile square) has been planted with trees and flowers and become an oasis in the semi-desert and a haven for raising young birds. It also is a significant stop-over for migrating birds who forage for seeds from all the flowers or variety of pine and spruce. Little yellow-capped finches showed up less than two weeks ago foraging seeds. The addition of my garden-back yard and its profusion of new wild flowers meant that the migrants and those who stay through winter have been feasting fully in our few yards. But, lo, impermanence.

The sudden change in the weather took an immediate toll on the migrating birds. They don’t have the feathers or built up fat for altitude cold and the winds. They, literally, were dropping dead. We’ve been putting out bird seed several times a day, filling the humming bird feeders as many times as well. I don’t feel that I’m clinging to the birds but, rather, honoring the interdependence of us all. I have thoroughly enjoyed their song and color, watching the babies learn, and the freedom that they represent. Trying to help them through this sudden and not-lasting cold and snow is an honoring of them and our shared being.

One little bird died near my door between putting out more seed. I brought it in, put it against my bare stomach under my sweater, and then a lap blanket for both of us. I figured if it had just succumbed, the warmth of my body and thoughts would revive it; if not, then may the consciousness of this little being go to a pure land of joy and warmth. The combined actions set a relationship between us that will be forever. We will meet again.

 

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Meditation: cool the fires

Our meditation is devoted to the hardship and peril of living in a world of fire: wildfires, rain forest fires, and the fires of the passions including aggression, greed, avarice, jealousy as examples.

We send the cooling waters of loving kindness to animals fleeing or scorched, the empathy of loving kindness to people suffering at the whim of others, and the open-heartedness of loving kindness to all beings.

May the causes of suffering that human beings are responsible for be extinguished and the causes of liberation and happiness be set in motion.

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A Day of Meditation for Humanity and the World: Sept. 12

September 12 from 8 am MT-3 pm MT will be our monthly day of meditation for the world and humanity. The sub-theme will be compassion.

What is compassion? Are there different types of compassion? Is compassion something that can be cultivated? Can I increase compassion in my mind and thoughts, emotions, and actions? Can compassion factually produce benefit in this troubled world?

The Day of Meditation is mostly meditation (no yoga sessions) and just enough visual presentations to move the theme through our meditations of Compassion, the World, and Humanity along .

Please note that you are welcome to come to part or all of the Day. Due to Zoom’s requirement of me to “admit” each person, please come and go during the scheduled sessions of meditation and breaks. Thank you. Remember everyone is muted and no video cams. Please do not unmute unless we are in a discussion period. No video cams at any time due to the variety of bandwith capacity of internet beginning with mine (satellite). Muchas gracias!

Here is the link to join. (It is the same as the June meditation retreat link, if you filed that for your convenience.)

The Day’s Schedule

  • arrive for 8 am MT first meditation (that is 10 am ET/9 am CT/ 7 am PT)
  • 8-10 am MT sittings plus opportunities to stretch the body
  • 10-11 am MT outside contemplation and meditation
  • 11:15 am MT one more meditation session before lunch
  • noon-1 pm MT lunch
  • 1-1:30 pm MT discussion/questions regarding meditation, loving-kindness, or related subjects
  • 1:30-2 pm meditation
  • short break to use as needed
  • 2:30-3 pm MT closing meditation

Strong suggestion:those joining through a tablet or computer, please log in via the link above and do not log out when you walk away for any reason. That way, you will not need to be readmitted when you return.

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Meditation: presence-being

Buddha and buddha-field are a union. What does that mean? It means presence and the field of presence are a unified whole; they are inseparable. The field of expression is not factually the creation of a Being (yourself, myself, or any other). The field is a natural expression of the qualities of being. This is demonstrating in households, street corners, the White House, Congress, and in the bathroom when one looks in the mirror. The field innately pervading the space in which any being is IS of the nature, the quality, of the Being. But, again, the being did not create that field.

This is vitally important to understand for every moment of our existence. Doer mentality is a fabrication of the mind. Regarding pure being, there is no doer and no doing that are distinct. Doer and doing are a unity; Being and being are a unity. This understanding is one way by which to undo the the identity of self as the doer and the idea that being is something alternative (and better).

Subject/object are indivisible, inseparable; they are a unit in which there is no polarity. And, there is actually no “they” because subject requires an object (even the object of self or emotion or thought) in order to know its subjectivity. Simultaneously, no object exists without a subject perceiving the object. Contemplating this begins to erode the false ideas held in the collective consciousness and in our individual minds of self and other, self and things that the self does (or has to do), self and emotions, beliefs, dedication, devotion, love, anger, and so forth. It all comes down to perception.

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Meditation: radiating presence

We are always radiating!

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