wonderful post! thank you for sharing! 😀 namaste

Karen Wilson - Awaken



For years and years, I identified myself with my mind. I thought I was the mind. What a surprise when I discovered I was not! It changed everything. It was a big relief for me because as a teenager, despite being one of the smartest kids at school, I believed myself crazy. There was incessant chatter in my head, most of it unnecessary thoughts of fear and worry, and I didn`t know if it was the same for other people. That chatter was driving me insane, I wanted to go and see a psychiatrist sometimes. But it seemed that everybody found me ‘normal’, and I was doing pretty well at what I was undertaking. So I started assuming that it was just the way to be, and that I would be an overactive thinker for the rest of my life, no respite. As the French philosopher Descartes…

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Is it possible to meditate whilst remaining active in another activity?

grigglipuff asked:
Is it possible to meditate whilst remaining active in another activity? Or what would you call it when you quiet your thoughts in extreme attention to the activity at hand?

Is it possible to meditate whilst remaining active in another activity? Or what would you call it when you quiet your thoughts in extreme attention to the activity at hand?

Typically this is called mindfulness or presence.

When engaging in activity on the level of both body and mind, it is possible to be still and present.

Some people mistake the teaching of present-moment awareness for only thinking about and living for the present. This isn’t so. Being present means recognizing this moment as the only time and place in which your life is actually alive, and you recognize this by abiding as that eternally present aliveness.
Using the mind to recall the past when relevant, contemplate the present when needed, and plan for the future as necessary is no problem. The difference is the place from which you relate to and use the mind.
Meditation isn’t something that lends itself well to definition. Any activity can be engaged in a meditative manner.

I like to make the distinction between meditation practice and meditative activity. Meditative activity is not a replacement for meditation practice. Often I’ve spoken with people about meditation who then say something along the lines of “Art is my meditation,” or music or cooking or whatever.

There is definitely something to be said about engaging those activities in a meditative manner. It can be restorative for both mind and body, as well as inspiring and joyful.
There is also a difference between someone who cooks with deliberate presence and mindfulness and someone who just does it half-attentively while lost in thought like every other moment of the day.

A meditation practice, however, has a profoundly penetrating effect. In meditation, many hangups and delusions come to light. There are fewer distractions from the diminished sensory-engagement. By staying with the practice, these deep-seated holding patterns are released.

While mindful activity is immensely important for abiding as awareness and no longer taking on new delusions/hangups, it has less of an opportunity for those deep-seated and unconscious patterns to come to the surface of consciousness.

It is still beautifully beneficial—especially if integrated as a way of life rather than just one particular meditative activity. But I think it’s important to emphasize that it’s not a replacement for a daily meditation practice. They are best done in tandem. Meditation without mindfulness practice may become an escapist attempt to leave the mundanity of the day. Whereas mindfulness without meditation practice may be a way of avoiding sincere dedication and aspiration to spiritual practice.

With dedication to both meditation and mindfulness, the line between the two will reveal its falseness. Then your meditation will be without end, whether you are seated or engaged in activity. That is very much along the lines of Zen Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta.

Namaste sis 🙂


joyful abandon


“When you withhold forgiveness or love from anyone, for any reason, it diminishes your awareness of the abundance of good in your life. You are stuck in so much old stuff, new stuff has no way of getting to you. In essence, the good that you withhold from others will be withheld from you.”

Iyanla Vanzant

horizontescuriosos asked: Is Enlightenment not really a “destination”, but more of a discovery?

I cannot say what enlightenment is and is not, but some of the finest elaborations on enlightenment deal with it in negative terms. For example, the Buddha said enlightenment was the end of suffering.

That tells us what enlightenment isn’t, but it doesn’t tell us what enlightenment is.

My favorite of such descriptions comes from the Zen master Shunryu Suzuki:

Enlightenment is nothing added.

Because it is nothing added, we can’t really say it is a destination. A destination is something new, something that isn’t where you are now.

Enlightenment isn’t something you have, it isn’t an added component. Much of spirituality and the Buddhist way is about dropping things from your mind rather than adding more intellectual stuff or acquiring new objects for the mind to chew on.

So I would lean toward saying enlightenment is a discovery of what is rather than a destination to somewhere else. But then this begs the question: Whose discovery is it?
The seeker, the individual identity we mistake ourselves to be, does not become enlightened. Ram Dass once adroitly said that enlightenment is the ego’s ultimate disappointment. Why? Because the ego wont be around to enjoy it.

Enlightenment isn’t of the person or the individual but rather it is liberation from the dream-like illusion of being an individual. This is not an experience of the body or mind.
So who realizes enlightenment? Some say that it is enlightenment that realizes itself, the Self realizes the Self, and God who knows God.

Of course talking about this kind of thing too much, which is predominantly what I do here on this blog, tends to obscure the reality of it. This is why, although these questions need be asked and responded to, they are best answered through the firsthand communion of tranquil stillness with serene silence.

Two books I’d recommend, if you’re interested in enlightenment, are I Am That by Nisargadatta Maharaj and Be As You Are by Ramana Maharshi.

Namaste brother! Much love.


joyful abandon