The Great Eastern Sun

Imagine the sun rising.

At first it seems weak, then it becomes stronger and stronger as the morning goes on. Soon it is shining with great power.

So it is when we find our genuine wholeness. It may seem a weak thread, but getting comfortable in your own skin, finding your own unique strength and letting that shine, you will grow into great power.

A genuine sense of self, and of trust in one’s place in the universe, is like the sun in many ways. It is a gentle source of energy and renewal, as well as a natural cycle. Sometimes it is occluded by clouds, or hidden at night, but always there.

Let the Great Eastern Sun rise in your heart, and in your head. In this way your wholeness will bring you peace, energy and renewal.

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Fearlessness

Fearlessness is not like a wild tiger or brown bear that is locked up in a cage and growls every time you open the door. Fearlessness is powerful, but it also contains gentleness and constant loneliness and sadness.

from Chögyam Trungpa, “Smile At Fear”

I love this quote because it is so counter-intuitive and challenging.

Why would fearlessness not be like a wild tiger? Why would it contain sadness?

There is a certain kind of fearlessness that disconnects from our own and other’s pain. Usually a result of a painful experience in early childhood, and a subsequent denial of that pain as a protective mechanism.

We may feel fearful and timid. Timidity may manifest as a lack of boundaries. When those have been violated enough, when we have not been brave enough to stand up for ourselves, we might finally become fearless. We might desire to be like the tiger or the bear in that moment.

But to access a state of fearlessness, we do not have to resort to anger, or wait until we have been tread upon so many times that we no longer care what anyone thinks.

We can access a genuine sense of wholeness, of self connected to the natural universe, of strength like the seed growing, and of the gentle yet powerful shining of the sun.

Be fearless today, but do it softly. Even tigers can be soft.

The Source of Softness

When we have a feeling that life is worthwhile and we are worthwhile, from that, a sense of softness or gentleness begins to develop.

 – Chögyam Trungpa, “Smile At Fear”

When we become hardened, it is a spiritual state. This is the consciousness revealed in the story of the powerful Pharaoh of Egypt, whose stubborn heart would not let the slaves go, even at great cost to himself and his kingdom.

How do we reach a sense of softness, what is the source of gentleness?

It is a feeling of genuine wholeness, when we are fully ourselves. All is right with the world when we find ourselves comfortable in our own skin.

Can we be at peace even in times of struggle, pain, conflict, and lack? Only if we believe we are enough. Only if we believe we are worthwhile, that life is worthwhile.

Tuesday

 

When I forget milk
I go back to the corner store
Where the checkout
Girl’s mermaid tattoos wink
As she says “Have a nice day.”

Yesterday was early.
Water boiling, oatmeal in the throat.
Wheezing a tie,
Scraping the windshield,
Heavy briefcase race
Crawl to sit lifeless behind
A dividing wall.

But not today. Today
Is soul day.
Quiet day, empty day.
Out of the fecund silence
Comes frothy foaming
Canvas frosting. I may just
Eat what I paint.
To be without clothes
Is the gift of today.

To read about Tibetan Buddhism
And the way they believe
In serendipity and signs
Of the hidden unseen world.
Someone tried to move a sacred stone
And his son drowned upstream.

Tiredness and sleep are
Today’s welcome friends,
Come to help bloom
A dark water flower
Usually only seen
Under a pink sky.

©Venturing Unitarian 2016

 

Through the Gap. Copyright 2015 Edward Obermueller

The Peace of Motion

Midweek Devotion #12

October 7, 2015

Let life flow through you. –Osho

The body and mind both need motion to thrive.

Feelings of happiness and peace don’t come from merely being still. The isolation and bodily deprivation of the monastery may be cleansing for a time, but eventually stagnation and depression will set in.

Ceasing all activity in the mind would mean ceasing to be, just as much as ceasing the activity in the heart. Depression is actually a protective mechanism, a signal that we need motion, we need change. It is a good reaction of the body to what it knows it is missing.

Through the Gap. Copyright 2015 Edward Obermueller

Through the Gap. Copyright 2015 Edward Obermueller

The word “emotion” comes from the root “motion.” It’s not just a matter of endorphins or burning calories. It has to do with the energetic basis for our whole being.

Motion helps bring the mind and heart together in a way that modulates our moods and directs our thoughts. Movement is a form of peace.

Take A GoodMinute

What motion is my body asking for right now?

How is motion related to emotion?

Share your thoughts here on how motion (or lack of it) affects your moods, your body, your mind, your spirit.