No Self, No Problem by Anam Thubten

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Excerpt from No Self No Problem

by Anam Thubten

 

Chapter Six – Acceptance: The Method of Effortlessness

Each of us has a strong desire to live a life free from all unwanted conditions: illness, misfortune, old age, and death. A few weeks ago someone asked me to talk about old age. I could see from the expression on his face that he was experiencing fear regarding the problem of so-called old age. As long as we are living in this human form it is impossible to have a life that is completely free from the conditions that we don’t want: old age, illness, and other kinds of problems.

This primal desire for perfect conditions is a complex mixture of our instinctual impulse for physical comfort and our unconscious drive to be free from anything that even remotely reminds us of our fragility and mortality. As a result each of us constantly fantasizes about having an utterly perfect existence. We want to be in a paradise, in a heaven free from every circumstance we don’t want to face. In all of human history, no one has actualized that kind of a life. Still we maintain and feed this childish fantasy that if we fight hard enough against reality, then sooner or later we will achieve this idealized life, free from all unwanted conditions and situations. Some of us work very hard fighting against reality.

One time I was invited to a party. There were a few people drinking champagne and soaking in a hot tub and, while they were in these very nice circumstances, they were complaining about their lives. They were complaining at that same exact moment they were drinking champagne and soaking in a hot tub and right after they had finished eating a very nice dinner. You see that this is contradictory. In some sense this is a little out of balance. These people had everything. They were having a fantastic time in terms of enjoying worldly pleasures and at the same time they were creating an imaginary experience of suffering and conflict. What they were complaining about doesn’t really exist. If you looked for a reason to suffer, you could not find it anywhere in the proximity of their current situation.

In the same way, when we think that we have conflicts and hindrances, most of the time we can never actually find out where these conflicts and hindrances are. That’s because they are only found lingering in our consciousness. Our consciousness is like a factory where we create all kinds of imaginary problems. It is a big factory.

People always suffer either consciously or unconsciously because they mistakenly believe that if they fight against reality then they will be able to achieve their fantasies.

Source: https://www.ramdass.org/anam-thubten-rinpoche-and-no-self-no-problem/

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Self Love isn’t Selfish

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“Loving yourself is essential, it is the first and best place for you to practice your love and grow your love. You are your most intimate circle, as your love for yourself grows, naturally your circle of love will expand to those around you and ultimately to the world. It is through loving yourself that one becomes a hero that is able to give loving kindness to the world. Skipping yourself and solely attempting to love others is to build a home without a sturdy foundation. So much love to you all! May we all realize the empowerment that comes with loving ourselves unconditionally. May we all understand the interconnectedness of inner peace and world peace.” -Yung Pueblo  

 

For more of Yung’s writings go to http://www.instagram.com/yung_pueblo/

 

 

The Courage to Heal by Jeff Foster

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Healing does not always look or feel good, pretty or kind. True healing nearly always involves the re-opening of old wounds, the death of illusion, and a courageous confrontation with our pain.

One of the most dangerous myths we have inherited is that healing is supposed to ‘feel good’. No, not always. Sometimes our discomfort actually intensifies as the darkness emerges into the light, as unconscious material makes its way into awareness, as our old illusions burn up. Pain is not wrong, a mistake, or a sign that we are doomed. Pain may actually indicate that our healing process is intensifying, not stalling; that we are actually more awake and sensitive than ever, more deeply connected with the here and now, less willing to turn away.

There is such a tendency in our culture to avoid discomfort of any kind, distract ourselves from it, label it as ‘wrong’ or ‘negative’ or even ‘unspiritual’, meditate or medicate it away. Much of our Western medicine is geared towards the removal of symptoms, the silencing of disruption, the numbing of chaos and the journey towards some socially acceptable ‘normality’.

What is ‘normal’?

But sometimes, friends, we no longer have any interest in ‘returning to normal’! The ‘normal’ was the problem, not the solution! The status quo needed to shift. It was unstable and false. Old dreams were keeping us trapped.

Sometimes our ‘normality’ needs to break open into chaos and crisis, our pain and sorrow, frustration, exhaustion and doubts needs to be felt more fully than ever before, the heart needs to break open more completely. Our pain is not a punishment from a judgmental god, nor a mistake in a broken universe, nor evidence of our failure and unenlightened ignorance, but a profoundly alive spiritual teaching.

Witness Jesus on the cross. The device of his torture became his ultimate invitation to healing – the rediscovery of his own unbreakable Presence prior to his human incarnation, prior to time itself.

Consider the possibility that within your suffering you are being given an invitation: to let go, to wake up from the dream of normality, to embrace life in all its brokenness and wonder. To fall in love with where you are. To come out of the story of past and future, and turn towards the present moment, the place where you stand.

Let the winds blow, let the tempests rage, let all that is false be purified, let all that is dead remain dead, let life explode where you are. You are only being invited to a deeper healing, even though it feels like pain, even though the heart is tender and raw, even though you cannot yet feel your tomorrows.

– Jeff Foster

Source: https://www.ekhartyoga.com/blog/the-courage-to-heal

A Little More Shaking-Those-Hips

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“Remember this, my darling—remember this. What you achieve on earth is only a small part of the deal. If there’s a secret I could whisper, and that you could keep, it would be that it’s all inside you already. Every single thing you need. Earth is just a stopover. A kind of game. Make it a star game. If I could give you a gift, it would be to teach you how to stay free inside that game, to find the glory inside yourself, beyond the roles and the drama, so you can dance the dance of the game of life with a little more rhythm, a little more abandon, a little more shaking-those-hips.

 –Billy Fingers

The Seasons of Your Life-Chögyam Trungpa

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“There are times to cultivate and create, when you nurture your world and give birth to new ideas and ventures. There are times of flourishing and abundance, when life feels in full bloom, energized and expanding. And there are times of fruition, when things come to an end. They have reached their climax and must be harvested before they begin to fade. And finally of course, there are times that are cold, and cutting and empty, times when the spring of new beginnings seems like a distant dream. Those rhythms in life are natural events. They weave into one another as day follows night, bringing, not messages of hope and fear, but messages of how things are.”

Chögyam Trungpa

Address the Shadows

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“Be kind to yourself~ Make friends with the part of you that hurts – the shadows – the flaws – the hurts – the insecurities or self-doubt . They just need a little attention . Love . Patience . Gentleness . Because nothing stops hurting and nothing ever goes away until we are able to take a good look at ourselves and embrace our presence no matter how difficult it may be . The shadow is only scary because it is the unknown and unexplored part of our deepest fears . Once you learn to greet those parts of yourself,  as any guest that enters the house of your mind ~welcome them all , each has a place~ you can begin to slowly understand what you try to hide from the world .”

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Listen to Your Being

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“Listen to your being. It is continuously giving you hints; it is a still, small voice. It does not shout at you, that is true. And if you are a little silent you will start feeling your way. Be the person you are. Never try to be another, and you will become mature. Maturity is accepting the responsibility of being oneself, whatsoever the cost. Risking all to be oneself, that’s what maturity is all about.”

Osho 

 

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Open Your Heart- Chögyam Trungpa

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“Real fearlessness is the product of tenderness. It comes from letting the world tickle your heart, your raw and beautiful heart. You are willing to open up, without resistance or shyness, and face the world. You are willing to share your heart with others.”

-Chögyam Trungpa 

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The Mind- Mooji

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“Don’t pay too much attention to the mind. It may be throbbing with identity but this is observed as a phenomenon arising inside the great awareness. Now it may say, ‘I cannot do this or that thing’ or ‘This is not for me’, but these are mere thoughts appearing in the great vastness. Know this vastness to be your own unchanging Self.” ~ Mooji 

Live Export Australia 

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“We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.” ― Albert Schweitzer 

I seldom blog about political issues, however I feel a moral obligation to share my musings on this topic. I’m frustrated, saddened and quite angry about this topic and I know that I’m not alone.

My beautiful home country of Australia must find its moral compass and ban the abhorrent practice of the exportation of live stock. I’ve been a strong advocate for the banning of this export for quite some time and over the past few years some absolutely shocking evidence has been exposed within the industry.  These animals are subjected to deplorable and cruel treatment both during their transit and at their international destinations. I won’t list specific incidences that have been documented as quite frankly I find it sickening. I will say that video evidence has shown that these animals are often injured during their voyage, are being killed by slow, cruel methods on arrival and some even tortured for ‘entertainment’ by some workers. (I sincerely hope karma is a real thing and that the worker’s time will come.)

I do appreciate that the government is in a very difficult position in addressing this issue.  It is an estimated $800 a million a year business that many rural communities depend on. Both political parties have pledged to tighten restrictions on live exporting and ‘improve’ the practice. And despite public outrage whenever new evidence emerges, both parties have moved quickly to assure the agricultural community of the continuance of this industry in the future. The Australian Government has made it clear that they have no intention of banning the live export of animals any time soon.

My question is, how will tighter restrictions ever make any meaningful difference to the welfare of these animals? Once these cattle and sheep leave our shores, how they are treated is a crapshoot. The only way to regulate the industry is for the animals to be slaughtered on Australian soil. My belief is that a shift from live export to boxed meat is more humane alternative that won’t negatively impact the economy nor the farmers. Am I an economist? Hell no. I almost failed Economics in high school. But surely this is something that they should be considering as a viable alternative?

If you are interested in finding out more please go here and sign the petition to end live export. http://www.banliveexport.com/

If you need more motivation, check out this ridiculously adorable lamb.

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