Develop Awareness

Develop Awareness

“As we reach deeper states of awareness, we will be able to detect subtler and subtler sensations or vibrations of greater rapidity, arising and passing with greater speed. In these deep states, our mind will become so calm, so tranquil, so pure, that we will immediately recognise any impurity accompanying the agitated state and make the choice to refrain from reacting adversely. It becomes clear to us that we can’t harm anybody without first defiling ourselves with emotions like hate or anger or lust. If we do this, we will come to an experiential understanding of the deep truth of impermanence. As we observe sensations without reacting to them, the impurities in our minds lose strength.” -Tricycle Teachings, Body in Practice

Sensations are not black and white. If you can not feel, hear or smell, that does not mean it’s not there or it doesn’t exist. Our senses act like filters for the brain and nerve center so they don’t burn out like a fuse. When we can train the mind to focus on one situation at a time it becomes quiet. When the mind is under control we can handle the little glimpses of what’s hiding behind the senses.

We can sense the sound vibration through out a valley when lightning cracks open the sky. For me this awareness of subtle sensations comes through like a memory. When thunder sound waves ripple through the earth, I can feel them coming. It’s not a physical body feel at first. It comes through like a remembering of a thought or an emotion.

An agitated mind equals misery. There is no way around the misery if the mind is agitated. For most of us the emotion comes on or the miserable thoughts start to come and we don’t even know why it is happening or how. We don’t have that awareness. For most, we express anger, fear or emotional sadness when the mind is agitated and that’s as far as we get. There is a whole Universe filled with joy we just need to be willing to take responsibility for getting it. No one else will give you happiness. You can share a moment with someone but it is truly up to you to bring joy into your daily life.

You don’t have to call it meditation. Mental exercises, concentration games or sitting is the same as meditation. Change your mind about it, sit and be with yourself and make a change toward your happiness.

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