Not noticing

Our attitude is frequently one of wanting to get it done, wanting to have it finished in order to be peaceful, to relax, or to enjoy ourselves….

We want to be a feeling.

Rushing along to be something in the next moment,

we fail to open and appreciate this moment

Ajahn Sucitto, Turning the wheel of Truth

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Aware of patterns


We all have well-established habits of thought, emotion, reaction and judgement,
and without the keen awareness of practice, we’re just acting out these patterns.

When they arise, we’re not aware they’ve arisen.
We get lost in them, identify with them, act on them
— so much of our life is just acting out patterns

Joseph Goldstein

Getting lost in the thinking mind


That sand into which we bury ourselves in order not to see, is formed of words…and it is true that words, their labyrinths, the exhausting immensity of their “possibles”, in short their treachery, have something of quicksand about them

Georges Bataille, French intellectual, 1897 – 1962 L’expérience intérieure (Inner Experience) 

With thanks to Laura Rai,  dedicated Researcher in the Psychology Department at Maynooth,  for sending me this quote

Meeting ourselves


For us to be free, we need to stop believing the thoughts that something is wrong.  We need to stop running away  from the very vulnerability that needs a profound type of  self-compassion. Whatever we cannot embrace with love or with acceptance imprisons us. It keeps us in the trance of a bad self. So the path of emotional healing is really the path of stopping the war, of pausing, of not believing the judgments, of not continuing to punish ourself. Instead of running away and trying to escape the rawness that is here, really meeting it with a deep,  deep compassion.

Tara Brach, Meditations for Emotional Healing

Nowhere to go

Where is there a place for you to be?  No place. 
Nothing outside you can give you any place. 
In yourself right now is all the place you’ve got.
You needn’t look at the sky because 
it’s not going to open up and show no place behind it. 
You can’t go neither forwards nor backwards 
into your daddy’s time nor your children’s if you have them. 
In yourself right now is all the place you’ve got. 
If there was any Fall, look there, 
if there was any Redemption, look there, 
and if you expect any Judgment, look there, 
because they all three will have to be in your time 
and your body and where in your time and your body can they be?
Flannery O Connor, Wise Blood