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Pure Awareness –> Spiritual Bliss April 20, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Meditation, Mindfulness.

Wikipedia ~ Pinocchio (in Public Domain)

Ego desires control, seeks approval, and judges everything.

Spirit accepts everything and judges nothing.

Given this dichotomy, it’s no surprise that we are happier when we learn to look at life through the eyes of Spirit, rather than the clouded lens of Ego.

Meditation helps us tune in to Spirit. . . and drown out Ego.

During meditation, the need to control, the need for approval, and the need to judge fade away.

Once we have silenced Ego’s judgmental chatter, we find ourselves in a state of pure awareness . . .  swimming in a sea of bliss.

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1. Richard W Scott - April 20, 2010

Silencing the inner voice is a much bigger task than many people think. For most of us, the inner voice is like air, or like water to the fish. The fish says, “water? What water?”

We only think about air when it is scarce or fouled.

That inner voice that many claim not to have is the one that gleefully reminds us that we don’t have an inner voice.

It isn’t an easy thing to do.

2. Loreen Lee - April 20, 2010

Meditation, (as I learned from the Buddhists) is a powerful discipline for the mind. Although the mystical thought that this may bring a person to is known, as with Erkhardt, also in the West, the Eastern traditions have certainly perfected the ‘technology’ here. But there is also living in the body, for which I think the discipline of living in the Spirit, has shown us much within the Christian tradition. On fundamentals, however, I find the central truths of Buddhism and Christianity differ primarily in emphasis. As I’m living in the world, I have therefore chosen to remain within the Samsara and seek The Word, rather than the release from thought as in Buddhism, and learn to face the challenges that life offers better than in the past, and with an emphasis of being in the ‘external’ world, but, as they say, in the hope of not being ‘of’ it , or as you say hopefully with the Spirit rather than the Ego. It is a challenge, don’t you think?.

3. nrhatch - April 20, 2010

My ego (like Jacques Brel) is alive and well and living in Paris. : )

Meditation really works!

More and more often, my mind remains in a state of pure awareness ~ alert and curious, rather than angry, fearful, annoyed and overly judgmental.

I HEAR the birds ~ right now, a woodpecker.
I FEEL the breeze.
I NOTICE the blue sky and palm trees.

But . . . ego lurks just below the surface.

And, as soon as I get annoyed about something, it jumps into action, gleefully pronouncing that I am SO RIGHT to get annoyed . . . because who do they think they are . . . and remember that time when . . . and the other time . . . and don’t they understand . . .

As soon as I realize where those thoughts are taking me ~ dragging me into an “unhappy place” ~ I push Ego away and tune into the moment at hand.

Unless I’m tired, fatigued, or sick . . . when all bets are off. : )

4. Joanne - April 21, 2010

And yet, how else would we find entertainment in both worlds without the dichotomy of this Divine Comedy…?

5. nrhatch - April 21, 2010

This Divine Comedy is an apt metaphor. : )

Still, the more we subdue Ego, the happier we become.

Last night, I posted a short clip on “Ego” on FB ~it’s worth a peek.

6. Loreen Lee - April 21, 2010

I haven’t read ‘The Divine Comedy’; Dante. I have used the name in my book, and intend to research a website on his Heaven, Purgatory and Hell. I have talked about the ‘laughter of the gods’, and the ‘laughter of humanity’, which is not always one of joy and compassion. The difference between being laughed at and laughed with, for instance. To live a spiritual life, I believe, is not to escape into a world of bliss, unmindful of the ‘difficulties’ of life. That, we all know, can be a form of denial. But it can be very difficult to put into practice, some of the spiritual precepts even of Buddhism: equanimity, for instance. To this day, I hope the psychology of Buddhism in high regard.

7. Natalie - June 3, 2010

Yes, neutrality is spirit’s gift to our experience as soul in a body. I agree that meditation is the foundational daily practice to release egos natural control, survival, fears and return to love/peace. Beautiful, thank you!

nrhatch - June 3, 2010

Natalie ~

You sound like a wise soul in a loving body.


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