Listening to Reggie Ray’s excellent Dharma Ocean podcast, I heard this – :
“We’re living in a world where reality is seen as an enemy. And reality is something we need to manage and control and stave off. We exploit it, battle it. And we feel that everything is a big battle between ourselves and everything else – other people and situations or the threat of illness. We live in a constantly paranoid state. Particularly in this culture. Paranoia is a state that is disconnected and cut off – so, what’s not happening for us in this culture is that we don’t have this connection with the depths and therefore we perceive everything as problematic or potentially destabilising for us – threatening and harmful. And the teaching of meditation is that we reconnect.”
We are no longer fighting reality
And that totally resonated with me. No matter how long it is since you meditated last, or how far it feels like you have to go to get ‘enlightened’, it actually is not about a linear process but a vertical one. We connect and instantly we have it. We feel the depths and instantly everything feels different. The same stuff feels different. Because we are no longer fighting reality. We are engaged with it as we engage with a lover. Even one we haven’t seen for years – but the minute we look them in the eyes, we’re back in love. It’s like they never left. And so it is with the Sacred World we live in. It’s not any different but we just stop fighting it and engage with it like a lover. We get up close and intimate with reality.
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