Man everyone bitching and crying about how 47 Ronin is “white washed” and all this other bullshit, who gives a fuck it’s just a movie, if you don’t wanna support it then don’t see it and shut your face! 😈
Lust arises in the body and mind. It never extends beyond that level. This is because lust gets off on the notion of separation and bridging that perceived distance. You are not the body nor mind.
Love, on the other hand, radiates from your very being. Your awareness is that which shines love onto the mind and body. No matter how much others love you, the only love you ever feel is the love that wells up from within.
Therefore lust depends on certain conditions while love does not. People who vacillate in relationships don’t really know what they want, as they are caught between the pull of lust and the wish for genuine love. That is why I often recommend that people take time alone to develop their own relationship with love before seeking to share that with another.
There is nothing wrong with enjoying lust, just as there is nothing wrong with enjoying human life. But if you cling to it and narrow your world to be defined by it, you will suffer.
Satisfying lust thoroughly is not always possible, since conditions are always changing. But love is always possible because it is inseparable from who you are.
“Anger is the energy which people use in order to act. But when you are angry, you are not lucid. And you might do wrong things. That is why compassion is a better energy. And the energy of compassion is very strong.”—
“Deep listening is the kind of listening that can help relieve the suffering of the other person. You can call it compassionate listening. You listen with only one purpose: help him or her to empty his heart. And if you remember that you are helping him or her to suffer less, and then even if he say things full of wrong perception, wrong of bitterness, you are still capable to continue to listen with compassion. Because you know that listening like that, with compassion, you give him or her a chance to suffer less. If you want to him him or her to correct his perception, and then you wait for another time. But for the time being, you just listen with compassion and help him or her to suffer less. And one hour like that can bring transformation and healing.”—
What would be your advice to helping someone get into meditation?
I just try to be encouraging. Anyone can meditate, it’s free, and it will benefit you in ways that you can’t even fathom.
With that attitude, I openly share my own appreciation for meditation. But it often just feels like talking about your favorite movie. Some people are indifferent, other people hate it, some saw it in theaters and liked it but haven’t seen it since, and then finally there are the very few who, upon hearing about it, sprint home to download the shit out of it.
So don’t worry about it. Lead by example, keep up with your own daily practice, become so luxuriously sane that people feel the need to ask you for your secret, and always encourage others.
Namaste! I've been reading your blogs for a while, and I absolutely love the advice you give, it's helped me quite a bit. My question is, how do I beat the inner turmoil? I'm always at war with myself.
You create the turmoil and then ask how to beat it. You can’t beat it, you can only stop creating it.
If you are frolicking in a pond, ripples and waves are being made. Can you force the pond to be still? No. All you can do is stop making waves and then wait with patience while the waters still.
This is because that stillness is the water’s natural state. Similarly, peace and clarity is your natural state. When you stop obscuring that with your own reactivity to fears, desires, perceptions, and so on, then peace resumes itself naturally.
Don’t aim for peace and don’t try to conquer the waves. Just be still and patient. Practicing daily meditation and constant mindfulness is the way.
Yes, I am Tumblr fighting with people who think Keanu Reeves isn’t “Asian” enough. Shut up. Being a Keanu fan has always been annoying thanks to all the assholes in the world. But I’m sick of it. I never say anything. I always let people talk shit. But not now, he is a great human being who has…