On mindfulness.

Trip Start Feb 19, 2006
Trip End Oct 01, 2006

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Tuesday, June 6, 2006

(written on night 1 in Dharamshala)
. . mindfulness is not about jbeing in the ming--one must also know the body.
Thinking or praying all the time does not complete it, only when life itself becomes meditation, and it becomes intrinsic, does self-enforced or forced meditation become unnecessary.
To know the body does not come from Yoga, the martial arts, or any other such repetitious discipline, it comes from mind/body experience. Work, travel, only those things that cause the mind to CREATE while using the body will do, not the repitition and practice of something which is not yours.

In other words, be mindful, but only one's OWN mindfulness will do. Everyone's Tao is different, though also the same. .Create your OWN life-meditation.

I'm no purist prophet type, that's for sure, but I think I do know my body/mind conjunction capabilities. Very well.
You gotta pay for experience. It needs to be earned from "life-ness," mindfulness.
For so long I have had my own space. Many times I have isolated myself, in one way or another. I think many of us do.
Isolation time spent in true reflection, however, is different. One is not able, many times, to write as much, to reflect as much, when one is not alone.
For myself, it is when I feel alone that I truly write best. Someone to talk to, I guess.
India teaches one that one is never alone, in fact one CAN NOT be alone here, in the physical sense at least, so one learns to think on the fly.

Riding solo through India teaches me, or perhaps reminds me, that to "do" without thinking is true meditation.
To do without thinking must come clearly and directly from the heart/spirit/mind/body. . .The action must be pure, or one will come to harm, perhaps even injury or death.
This is where knowledge and experience come in handy. The more one's eyes (and all the senses) are open at all times, the more one soaks up the moment, the more experience gained.
The more one can live in the moment.
the more one can act ("rightly") without thinking.
The less one has to "sit still" to meditate, as the stillness is already in the mind, in the living.

One's actions need not be slow and deliberate, as if one has to try to do what is natural, indeed, actions will become automatic, while still providing for free will.
Free will is there, but this is why the stillness must visit upon the mind, so that the mind can truly become one with the body/heart/spirit.
When the mind is quiet, not through repression or "putting things into their place", but through opening and expression, the mind can then join and become one with the rest (which is also the "oneness" of all). .

But there is so much more to this. One must find one's own way, but doing so only to "seek" without "searching." Searching is pushing, and though there is work to be done it is not in that "searching" category. Seeking what, you may ask? That which is.

This is experiencing fully, the moment. Of course, that is also not to put the future or the past behind, as they do figure, necessarily, into the moment.
--the moment ahead matters in "right* action," or mindfulness.
--the moment behind also figures in that if one hasn't gained experience from it, one has not been mindful.

*"right" action is relative, as well, this is not meant to be a judgement of "right" and "wrong" action, there only is what is, and that is all, one's own human judgement must be kept aside from matters of the spirit. .

Ok, I think I'll start my own ashram now and get rich like the rest of them. . hahaha. .
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Western nighmare update
Hiel Allah! In reading your journal of mindfull travels and introspections, it occured to me that you must be in need of an update, a reminder of the state of things here in 'how you say, Amaydica', the vibe and patterns of behaviour that prompted your departure...
I've been sober now going on 2 months, having woke up being fingerprinted at 4:00am. Only had two glasses of wine, but coupled with the 30mg Ambien it caused me to get up from bed, sleep drive my car into a herd of mailboxes,(who put those THERE?) and force my way into a strangers house, and refuse to leave 'until my friends get here' ?!?!?!? Seems that this drug has been having that effect on many people when taken with even small amounts of alcohol. So, court dates, law suits, headaches, and newspaper and TV reports have made if difficult to show my face in the small town I dwell in. All's hell that ends, well, ends.

Miss you my brother.

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Well said...
I hear you...I understand...This is insightful

It's also very true.

Keep going...You're almost there.

Much Love...Mitakuye Oyasin!

Papa Medicine Crow

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