Making Sense of Disparate Teachings The teachings of Yoga seem contradictory to the teachings of non-duality. For those who like to ponder, ask questions, and understand, you’re in for a rough ride if you aim to untangle the two. Here’s the breakdown. The similarity… Yoga is a Sanskrit word that translates as yoke, or union. Advaita is a Sanskrit word that translates as not-two, … More Yoga & Non-duality
What’s true for me may not be truly true. What I mean is there is Truth, and it’s not relative. We may believe whatever we want, yes. We have that freedom and that right, and no one can tell us otherwise. That is true. But that does not mean it’s True. Truth is not just … More Self-Realization or self absorption?
Anger. It rises. An emotion in response to stimulus. The stimulus for you may be different than the stimulus for me. And so may the strength, or the intensity, of the emotion, the anger. But the end result is the same. The end result is the seething, the fuming, and the internal dialogue that fuels … More Peace, with a side of anger
Meditation usually involves focusing one’s attention on an object. Mantra meditation, for example, focuses attention on a word or phrase. In the East this might be the word “Aum,” or one of the many names of God, such as “Rama.” In Orthodox Christianity, attention is placed on the words of the Jesus Prayer (“Lord Jesus … More On Self-Inquiry Meditation
Here in the West, Intellect is paramount. If you’re not an athlete or an artist, you’d better have Good Brain, because Good Brain will get you places, and make you Big Buck. And maybe the desire for Big Buck is the real problem here. But that is a thought for another day. Today’s thought is about … More Three Types of Intelligence
Let me explain…. No, there is too much. Let me sum up. ~ Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride The first part of Self-Inquiry is the process of reducing the feeling of who or what ‘I’ am (or is) to its essence. The process of removing the conceptual labels we’ve associated with our being to find … More What ‘That’ Means – Self-Inquiry, Part 3.
Once we have eliminated all that we are not, we may begin to investigate what remains. What remains must be what we are. It must be who ‘I’ am. Or what this thing called ‘I’ is. We know we are not our occupation, what we do for a living. We are not the role we … More I Am ‘That’; Self-Inquiry, Part 2
In Western culture, especially in American culture, there is a tendency to identify our ‘self’, our sense of who or what ‘I’ is, with characteristics, or descriptors. It may be our work: I am a doctor; I am a welder; I am a dancer. It may be with a mindset: I am a Christian; I … More Who Am ‘I’? Self-Inquiry, Part 1
At the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit. And that center is really everywhere. It is within each of us. ~ Black Elk This short quote is incredibly powerful. In just a few words, it captures a profound truth that is at once difficult to grasp, yet very simple. If it finds you … More Black Elk and the center of all of us
What’s tricky is to grasp the idea of Awareness as being present in deep, dreamless sleep. And the trick is to simply understand that deep, dreamless sleep is nothing more than Awareness being aware of nothing. … More Where do ‘I’ go when I go to sleep?