photo in a jeepney. beautifulnothing.
text from santmat:
Chögyam Trungpa, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism
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DISSOLVING OUR SELF-IMPORTANCE
The fixed idea that we have about ourselves as solid and separate from each other is painfully limiting. It is possible to move through the drama of our lives without believing so earnestly in the character that we play. That we take ourselves so seriously, that we are so absurdly important in our own minds, is a problem for us. We feel justified in being annoyed with everything. We feel justified in denigrating ourselves or in feeling that we are more clever than other people. Self-importance hurts us, limiting us to the narrow world of our likes and dislikes. We end up bored to death with ourselves and our world. We end up never satisfied.
We have two alternatives: either we question our beliefs—or we don’t. Either we accept our fixed versions of reality, or we begin to challenge them. In Buddha’s opinion, to train in staying open and curious—to train in dissolving our assumptions and beliefs—is the best use of our human lives.
So while The Path of the Soul may not always be the route with the fewest challenges, it will always be the “best” route, given where The Totality of You is choosing to go, based on where it is right now as a result of all your previous choices and decisions.
The Soul defines “best” as that which is most likely to allow the highest expression of Self that you next choose to experience, based on Life’s Divine Purpose.
There is such a purpose, of course. The eternal journey of the Soul, this present Cycle of Life, is not without purpose. There is a reason for it occurring.
Life has a reason and a purpose. All people yearn to know what it is. Most have not yet clearly understood.
Your Soul is not on a wild-goose chase. It is not moving through Time and Space forever without a clear objective. Quite to the contrary, the Soul’s objective is very clear.
It’s not impermanence per se, or even knowing we’re going to die, that is the cause of our suffering, the Buddha taught. Rather, it’s our resistance to the fundamental uncertainty of our situation. Our discomfort arises from all of our efforts to put ground under our feet, to realize our dream of constant okayness. When we resist change, it’s called suffering. But when we can completely let go and not struggle against it, when we can embrace the groundlessness of our situation and relax into its dynamic quality, that’s called enlightenment, or awakening to our true nature, to our fundamental goodness. Another word for that is freedom—freedom from struggling against the fundamental ambiguity of being human.
i stay awake to honor a new age with an image. here by my bedside i notice the things in place and realize i haven’t paid much attention to them in a long while. the objects and books i keep close to me are inspiration and reminders. i sleep and wake up to the coziness of all these within my reach. but do i sleep knowing i have all i need? and as i awake, am i really awake? the buddha tells me the answers are within and that all we seek will be mirrored back to us when we learn to calm the muddy waters in our mind, allowing all thoughts to simply flow; rise and fall like the breath. when we simply let things be, without grasping and owning and identifying, we realize all the peace and happiness we want is really ‘who we are’ when we simply let go. let go. let it all go. (Taken with Instagram)