Tag Archives: Effortless Meditation

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I frequently visit Illuminated Mind by young, iconoclastic Jonathan Meade. His purpose is to “shed light and bring awareness in an unconventional way” and he does very well in his blog, and his ebook Reclaim Your Dreams . Warning, Jonathan does not coddle egos; his ideas are unconventional and direct; there isn’t much fluff. If you haven’t heard of Marianne Williamson, you may want to check our her podcasts. She references A Course in Miracles frequently. Her style is energetic, feminine Read more [...]

The Paradox of Effort

Once there was a man who hated his own shadow. When he walked and found that his shadow was close behind him, he began to walk faster and faster. But the faster he moved, the closer his shadow came. So he ran like a madman.. and in the end, he dropped dead. Those who do not understand the Dao are just like the man who hated his shadow. It is actually very easy to be rid of one’s shadow — just rest under a tree. Just rest.” -Zhuang Zhou There’s a Zen story about an eager young monk Read more [...]

How to Be Awareness Now (Awareness)

In the instant before you began to read this, there was Awareness. As soon as you started to read, Awareness was seemingly obscured by thought. But it is not obscured; it never is, for you could not read this without Awareness. Attention can be on Awareness, or it can be on objects in Awareness, in any case there is always Awareness. Read more [...]

Flow…In a Few Words

It's all about accessing our natural ability to be in flow. When we are in flow, living improves without effort on our part. Flow is happy, non-resitant living in the Now. It is so very natural that when we "arrive" it's hard to remember how or why we ever lived a life of struggle. Where is happiness to be found? We look for joy outside, in power, relationships, accumulation and many other things that make up living, when joy is already shining inside us. Consciousness, uncluttered with mind-stuff, Read more [...]

Flow…A Few More Words

Is flow the same as awakening? Yes. We can think of ourselves as varying degrees of consciousnesses and unconsciousness, dreaming and awakening, illusion and awareness, and resistance and flow. What are the obstacles to waking up to flow? The first obstacle is the deep identification to thought. We are so addicted to thinking that it is hard to see another possibility. Once we have this insight, another obstacle is that mind will look at awakening as it does everything else—something to Read more [...]