Some tools/events for balancing and grounding, besides pianos and the forest- 1 – How to Meditate by Pema Chodron: An audio book of lectures from an intensive with Pema. 2 – MOMENT pop-up space, Chinatown: pop in Sept 9-14 and stop. The lulu blog has an informative article on it! 3 – step out of city life for a recharge. Yoga, meditation, forest hikes, delicious food, introspection with me on Galiano Island Oct 3-5. 4 – stay clear with clean food. Visit the Juice Truck in Vancouver, these guys are all about health,meditation and community!!
Oh longing mind,
Dwell within the depth
Of your own pure nature.
Do not seek your home elsewhere…
Your naked awareness alone,
Is the inexhaustible abundance
For which you long so desperately.
Buddhism also asserts that the spiritual journey is unique to each individual. Therefore, of course, it cannot be held, circumscribed, limited, or even ultimately judged by any institution, tradition, or external authority. The unique journey that lies before us does not exist in any text, external person, or religion. In fact, it does not yet exist at all, but only lies ahead of us, to be discovered literally as we go. Thus it is that the spiritual journey cannot in any way be preconceived or pre- determined; it is not humanly constructed or fabricated. The journey to ourselves is truly a journey into the unknown, a setting forth onto a sea that has never before been sailed and never before been fathomed or mapped.
Grow ……. Enjoy in its entirety HERE
1 – All That You Give – The Cinematic Orchestra
2 – Hold On (feat Sampha) – SBTRKT
3 – To Describe You – Kungs & Mozambo
4 – Left & Right – D’Angelo
5 – Say You’ll Be There – MO
6 – Coffee – Sylvan Esso
7 – The Girl from Impanema – Sergio Mendez
8 – Our Love Comes Back – James Blake
In the Buddhist past, when questions have arisen about the authenticity of institutionalized, conventionalized Buddhist organizations, politics, beliefs, and practices, practitioners have retired into the “forest” (sktî, vana, aranya), the classical term for the uninhabited jungles of India. The “forest” was regarded as a place beyond the reach of conventional culture and institutionalized Buddhism, a place where the atmosphere was open and unobstructed.
Within Indian culture, the forest was considered the ideal place for spiritual practice because, in the forest, there are no rules and there are no presiding authorities. The only authority is the chaos of the forest itself. The only rule is what awaits there for each practitioner, uniquely, to discover. Memories of the past and plans for the future, the psychic infrastructure of civilization, do not apply: they have no bearing and they have no footing. The forest is about something else. In the forest, there is only the ever- present possibility of events, encounters, and insights that emerge directly from reality itself, pure and unpolluted by human wants, expectations, and attitudes. Uniquely in the forest, the most radical of all human journeys can take place, one which brings us into direct contact with primordial being.
Increasingly in this world of ours, there is no longer any geographical forest for us practitioners to retire to…the true forest is quickly disappearing, perhaps forever, from our world.
But there is a new wilderness, a new unknown and limitless territory, a new terrain of chaos, that calls us. It is a territory that has not been, and cannot be, colonized and domesticated by human ambition and greed, that in its true extent cannot be mapped by human logic at all. This is the “forest” of the human body. The body is now, I believe, our forest, our jungle, the “outlandish” expanse in which we are invited to let go of everything we think, allow ourselves to be stripped down to our most irreducible person, to die in every experiential sense possible and see what, if anything, remains.
the beauty and space inherent in no-thingness and emptiness as described by osho… continue the practice of not knowing..
‘Being “in the gap” can be disorienting and even scary. Nothing to hold on to, no sense of direction, not even a hint of what choices and possibilities might lie ahead. But it was just this state of pure potential that existed before the universe was created. All you can do now is to relax into this no-thingness … fall into this silence between the words … watch this gap between the outgoing and incoming breath. And treasure each empty moment of the experience.
Something sacred is about to be born.’