If we take a moment to sit calmly in quiet we can see what impressions of the world if any are within us. What might be chewing away in our thinking mind. Or what agitations might be impulsively motivating us.
If we just throw all of that away and give up on everything it brings us clearer to our natural selves. And there in the space of our natural self we are in alignment with the natural energetic movement of life.
Easy to talk about but may not be easy for everyone to put into practice and sustain. Especially when any impressions of the world, relationships, activities etc… can seem so important. However that importance we put on it through perceived threat, panic or fear. If we give up those fears too, which may be largely unconscious, the things that might need tended too will still be there. But you will be in a different space more clear and able to deal will them.
I often practice this at times during the day. By looking to see what impressions of the world are within me. When I see anything I release it. The process of release may take a second, or may take a few minutes. In any case I experience the return to life. The return to self. From here my inspirations are more clear and true. And I move actively in relation to how the energy of life within and all around me is moving.
This is the place where through meditation and spiritual practice we are all returning. Back to what’s clear and true.
Here’s a little quote from the Tao Te Ching that relates about this:
Empty yourself of everything.
Let the mind rest at peace.
The ten thousand things rise and fall while the Self watches their return.
They grow and flourish and then return to the source.
Returning to the source is stillness, which is the way of nature.
The way of nature is unchanging.
Knowing constancy is insight.
Not knowing constancy leads to disaster.
Knowing constancy, the mind is open.
With an open mind, you will be openhearted.
Being openhearted, you will act royally.
Being royal, you will attain the divine.
Being divine, you will be at one with the Tao.
Being at one with the Tao is eternal.
And though the body dies, the Tao will never pass away
Come join me and others if you feel like it next Sunday in Glasgow. Where among many other things we will be deepening into this place.