“As Free and Simple as a Child”

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One of the biggest misconceptions on the path is that you have to somehow add more not less to your life in order to spiritually evolve . For example, upon awakening, you might strive to incorporate meditation practice into your busy schedule, find the time to attend retreats and read sacred texts, make new spiritual friends or join a sangha and make time to engage in the spirit of service. In truth, all of these inspiring priorities should be seen as nothing more than valuable practices that help you simplify your life not acquire anything more. From where I am standing, the goal of all inner seeking is to become less by stripping away all the layers of egoic conditioning so you can be as free and simple as a child. Only then, can you truly be a perfect conduit for the will of the Divine to work through you.

“What was Your Original Face?”

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One variation of a Zen koan asks: “What was your original face before you were born?” Today, I have the audacity to try(key word) and answer this question!

What face?

Emptiness.

No form.

A dog chasing its tail?

Sublime perfection.

Too many words?

The blind leading the blind!

The bardos between birth.

Your Buddha Nature.

Something not quite human but the essence of it.

Beyond space and time.

The past, present and future merging.

Fingers pointing at the moon.

Pure awareness.

Oneness.

Too clever?

Meditate more.

Think less!

Mindful Musings: Apr 12

“True Faith Again”

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In the dark night of the soul

When your faith begins to break

It is a good time to meditate

Upon the nature of suffering….

For as certain as the sun rises each day

Your pain will dissolve

And new beginnings will shine through

With gentle ease

To guide you through the rough seas

Of your soul’s awakening.

Forrest Rivers is a writer and teacher who lives in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. His new book, COVID-19 and Humanity’s Spiritual Awakening is now available on Amazon HERE