(Lifted from the art blog of Audrey Kawasaki)
“Emancipation or freedom from slavery and bondage is ultimately what the human spirit craves. From the perspective of your spirit, slavery encompasses how the attachments in your life—such as sex, material items, money, power and all that they bring—prevent you from being free. Bondage has to do with the ways in which your ego (or collection of identities) and your karmic loops bind you into the reality you experience, and thereby limit your human growth…
In Taoism, whether you meditate for your health, stress relief, high-performance goals or more lofty spiritual pursuits, the journey commences by progressively and systematically making the body conscious. This awakening process must be developed to a relatively high degree in order to engage the middle ground of meditation, where a lot more emotional and mental stability is required. During every micro-step of the process, four primary skills form the foundation of all more advanced meditation practices, whether Taoist or any other genuine form of meditation. Using a pragmatic strategy, anyone can learn how to meditate, or hone, refine and boost the effectiveness of their current practice.
The four primary skills that enable all forms of meditation are:
Presence — the ability to be in the here and now;
Awareness — the ability to be conscious of what is;
Focus — that which guides and directs your awareness;
Concentration — that ability to stay on point and thereby generate a continuum of unified consciousness…
In Lao Tzu’s meditation tradition, the practitioner works around the circle time and time again, slowly sinking deeper into the depths of their mind and being with each revolution. However, the depth you achieve is not governed by the practices themselves, but rather by your patience and stamina from training regularly over time.”
“Between the government and mainstream media, the highly organized, scripted agenda with the protesters, and the predictable public outrage on all sides — all the energy and emotional investments that went into this particular case in Ferguson — and the perfectly scheduled outcome right down to the minute (8pm Nov. 24th), this has been one of the clearest, most obvious cases of mass social engineering we have witnessed in a while.
The government and the media have clearly, nakedly programmed this situation to foment civil unrest on demand. They say “JUMP! (Riot!) (Burn!)” and the sheep immediately chime in “HOW HIGH?!” …
We cannot allow ourselves to be mass programmed like robots.
We have to come together and see past all this, stop fighting amongst ourselves and realize what’s really going on here.”
Also see, Ferguson and the False Promise of “Revolution”
“One cannot accomplish anything by burning down one’s own community, killing one another, or complaining and protesting endlessly. Real revolution is not taking to the streets and destroying a political order, it is creating a new order that displaces the old…
Build, don’t burn. Collaborate, don’t complain. Don’t simply “resist” the system, replace it altogether.”
“Bodhicitta is the feeling and connectivity that is generated when we allow ourselves to be compassionate. There are two kinds of bodhicitta: absolute bodhicitta and relative bodhicitta.
Citta means mind and heart, your feelings of this moment. Bodhi means awake or awareness. Therefore bodhicitta is the awareness of the heart of this moment.
When we feel things that we dislike, we try to run away from them. We try to distract ourselves with rationalizations or diversions. Bodhicitta means staying with the feelings that you dislike. Allowing them to be there without running away, you will discover how they change along with the arising of fearlessness within.
Relating to the moment with openness is relative bodhcitta. It means practicing mindfulness and acceptance in this moment, every moment.
Absolute bodhicitta is cultivated through meditation. Absolute bodhicitta is the underlying emptiness of all things that thrums with the love of existence. It is groundlessness and freedom and openness, like a vast sky. It is your nature…
Most of all, bodhicitta is something you discover in your own way through your own experience. Words help to give the impression but it is you who must awaken yourself to your genuine heart.”