..the single most vital step on your journey toward enlightenment is this: learn to disidentify from your mind.
Waiting is a state of mind. Basically it means that you want the future, you don’t want the present.
As long as the egoistic mind is running your life, you cannot truly be at ease; you can not be at peace or fulfilled except for brief intervals when you obtained what you wanted, when a craving has just been fulfilled.
The more you are identified with your thinking, your likes and dislikes, judgements and interpretations, which is to say the less present you are as the watching consciousness.
Compassion is the awareness of a deep bond between yourself and all creatures.
If you are drawn to an enlightened teacher, it is because there is already enough presence in you to recognize the presence in another.
Every addiction arises from an unconscious refusal to face and move through your own pain. Every addiction starts with pain and ends with pain.
Most of the so-called bad things that happen in people’s lives are due to unconsciousness. They are self-created, or rather ego-created.
As long as a condition is judged as ‘good’ by your mind, whether it be relationship, a possession, a social role, a place or your physical body, the mind attaches itself to it and identified with it.
All cravings are the mind seeking salvation or fulfilment in external things and in the future as a substitute for the job of Being.
Thinking has become a disease. Disease happens when things get out of balance.
The good news is that you can free yourself from your mind. This is the only true liberation.
When I say ‘time is illusion’, my intention is not to make a philosophical statement. I am just reminding you of a simple fact – a fact so obvious that you may find it hard to grasp and may even find it meaningless – but once fully realized, it can cut like a sword through all the mind-created layers of complexity and ‘problems’.
Love, Joy and Peace are deep states of Being or rather three aspects of the state of inner connectedness with Being. As such, they have no opposite.
About practicing the present moment: In your everyday life, you can practice (this) by taking any routine activity that normally is only a means to an end and giving it fullest attention.
To the ego, the present moment hardly exists. Only past and future are considered important.