Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Imperfect but Conscious

How many times in my life will I say "I did not mean it?"

It is perfectly forgivable for a  7 years old, a little less for a  20 years old and after 25, it requires questioning.

Why do I  do things I did not want to do?

Well the answer is simple: because we do not pay enough attention to our actions and to the world in general.

We are too often absorbed by the complexity of our internal brooding, bathed in a sticky unconsciousness and often acting against the most common sense.

It is possible to find excuses for our lack of attention, for our mistakes, our ego mind is very adept at this.

Stopping to do whatever strikes our fancy could avoid exposing our clumsiness, but could also avoid hurting others and acting like a Neanderthal.

The solution is quite simple: you only need to be attentive to your world and your actions. Easy, isn't it?

But the first quality that we lack to be attentive at all times, is endurance: indeed, our attention span is determined by our will, but also nurtured by our inner strength, our vitality. Even if we want to remain conscious of our environment, of our actions, we must have enough energy available to do so: look at how hard it is to be present when we did not get enough sleep.

The second quality that we need is the will, the strength of our intention.

Often in our daily lives, we tend not to go to the end of what we want to do: we put it back to later, we change our minds, we flee before what needs to be done. We'll have to "beef up" our attention and educate our willpower.

Strengthening attention is easy, but putting it into practice requires courage and perseverance. 

The exercises are simple, everybody can do them ... but nobody does.

Exercises focusing attention are numerous, they range from simple concentration exercise to projection of consciousness exercises.

The will to act, the decision power, is primarily a capacity to act out what is planned: it is a way to realize(physically) what is only thought. 

It is amazing to see all that what we want to do compared to what we actually do: it is easy to see that an effort is possible, surely desirable even...

Before working on this, by entering into a serious practice that can meet your needs, it is possible to realize the efforts we'll have to provide: watch every two hours your lacks of attention and your difficulties to act or say

During the next two hours, try to pay attention ... then see the damage two hours later. 

Realistically seeing the weakness of your attention, you will see the extent of the required work. Be careful to the noises you do while moving, eating, opening a door and closing it, the things you do not say and those that you say, but also what you have not done in the day and that you could have done ...

Aware of the world and others, of your actions and posture, you go toward a conscious daily life that simplifies itself and does not create unnecessary suffering.

In addition, present in the moment, it is easier to be stable physically and emotionally.

Try consciousness, you will not want to do without it.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Being the "Act" without losing the "Have"

All right, hang on ...

The functioning of our physiology facet has a yin facet and a yang facet: the structure and the function.

The same goes for our functioning in life, for our actions and our mind.

There is a big difference between what is of the order of the manifested and the unmanifested, but it is sometimes difficult to understand it.

We exist and in this manifestation we act, but there is a big difference between the two.

We have on one side that which we are, our being, our sense of being, "I am" and the other side we have our actions, what we do with our being.

If it is possible to whine or to reinforce what we are or not, on the other hand nothing forces us to do what we do or not: we are responsible for it.

Our actions will be directly linked to what we have and to what we want (because we do not have it).

What we have is the result of our actions, not of our being: it is useless to complain, "we" are not responsible for our lives, only our actions are.

Our actions do not really depend on our being, but on the illusion that we have of ourselves ... Through our actions and prejudices.

We get what we do, even though we do not always realize what we are doing, stuck that we are in our mundane unconsciousness.

What we are, deep inside, is often not in accordance with what we do: this is simply because we do not know ourselves.

Our actions will be right only when we will have discovered our reality, an ability to acquire what we really want, what we really need.

This confusion between what we are and what we do is of primary importance: it determines our happiness and ability to realize ourselves.

In this confusion, we spend our time acting with a self-image determined by our desires to have, desires that can not be right because they are based on our actions: it is an endless circle.

Without determining who we are, it is impossible to know what we want or what we actually need and thus it is impossible to act right.

In "doing", we must constantly look at our actions to act in accordance with our core values, which are the result of self-knowledge.

The Self, our nature, is perfect and still: we cannot do anything about it, "we are", that is all.

This self-awareness, this consciousness, should determine the right action.

The real problem is that if "do" for too long without awareness of our nature, it buries itself deeper and deeper in a maze of illusion.

In addition, it is possible to "do" copying a person sometimes right, sometimes corrupt, but that leads us: it is a way of following, and it deresponsibilises us and requires less effort.

The interest of following the actions of another is also that we can blame someone other than ourselves: we have only been following, it is not our fault ... In fact it is. We are responsible for our actions, even in the most profound stupidity.

We're going to have to be careful of "doing" and of the object of our desires, because they really could determine what I know of myself, what I think I am. Otherwise, I could really lose myself and divert myself from my Way.

To know oneself is not only revealed by introspection, but also by observing one's actions.

This observation should be the source of daily correction, a real attempt to change, a correction of one's actions.

If we let go, in resigned whining, we worry without gaining wisdom and without changing our lives.

Every day, it is good to think about how to conducts one's day with a morning practice and in the evening, after the evening practice, it is good to look at one's actions and see what could be corrected.

But no error should be forgotten, no behavior must remain without correction: we're here in external work that anyone can do.

This search for the right attitude in our lives will make us happy ... if we agree to not give up.

What I will build in my life, with a clearer vision of my nature, will be the the basis of actions that are "right": it is the essential foundation for a life in all consciousness.

If the search for self-knowledge through meditation and internal work is important, it can be destroyed by a corrupted actuation.

This effort is not insurmountable and we should benefit our family with it, thus building a better world.

You can breathe, it's over.