Letting go of resistance

In the garden of Gethsemane, the last words Jesus spoke were, “Stay awake.” In fact, he says it twice. The Buddha offered the same wisdom; “Buddha” actually means “I am awake.” 

Staying awake comes not from willpower but from a wholehearted surrender to this moment – as it is.  It’s largely a matter of letting go of resistance to what the moment offers or of clinging to a past moment. It is an acceptance of the full reality of what is right here and now. It will be the task of your whole lifetime.

 Richard Rohr, Just This

Learned helplessness

It is good to remember that …there is a part of you that has always said yes. There is a part of you that is Love itself, and that is what we must fall into. It is already there. Once you move your identity to that level of deep inner contentment, you will realize you are drawing upon a Life that is much larger than your own and from a deeper abundance. Once you learn this, why would you ever again settle for scarcity in your life? “I’m not enough! This is not enough! I do not have enough!” I am afraid this is the way culture trains you to think. It is a kind of learned helplessness. The Gospel message is just the opposite — inherent power.

Richard Rohr

In the present

Move through life living from one moment to the other,

wholly absorbed in the present,

carrying with you so little from the past that your spirit could pass through the eye of a needle;

as little distracted by the worries of the future as the birds of the air and the flowers of the field.

Anthony de Mello

Ready for anything

My teacher Suzuki Roshi would say, “Sitting meditation is to practice being ready for anything.”

Being ready for anything is different than gearing yourself up

to defend or to attack things as they come toward you.

You sit, and you’re ready for anything.

Edward Espe Brown, The Most Important Point

Comparing and complaining

The comparing mind frequently takes us away from the unique form of our own life …

One morning the teacher announced to his disciples that they would walk to the top of the mountain. The disciples were surprised because even those who had been with him for years thought the teacher was oblivious to the mountain which looked serenely down on their town.

By midday it became apparent that the teacher had lost direction. Moreover, no provision had been made for food. The disciples grumbled but he continued walking, sometimes through underbrush and sometimes across crumbling rock.

When they reached the summit in the late afternoon, they found other wanderers there ahead of them who had strolled up a well-worn path.

The disciples complained to the teacher. He only said, “Those others have climbed a different mountain.”

From James Carse, Breakfast at the Victory: The Mysticism of Everyday Life