“They say the wise teacher will not challenge you to wake up, they will leave you in your sleep, knowing the knowledge they present and direction they point you in will lead you to great challenges and moments of suffering you have yet to endure.”

Stillness

Stillness; simply defined, is the absence of movement or sound. There is a calm to stillness. A serenity so to speak. The place of silence and motionlessness is easy to observe. As we move forward in meditation, we become aware of a place of presence which includes the stillness behind the thoughts produced in our mind by the thought stream.

The student said to the teacher, “My mind is always in motion. I do as you instruct, I meditate on the stillness in nature, the rocks, the trees, the creatures, the calm silent moments. Despite these observations, I am aware of the consistent noise in my mind. My mind is rarely still.” The teacher responded, “As you observe the noise in your mind, become aware of the part of your being which is observing the rumblings of the thought stream, that part of you is still.”

A meditation; when it comes to your mind, here and there, throughout your day, take a moment to meditate on the stillness under the sounds you hear and the things you see in motion. It is as if you are tuning into the silence under the noise. Make no attempt to interrupt the sounds, simply tune into the stillness underneath everything you observe. Practice bringing this meditation into your mind. Observe the stream of thought while you bring your awareness to the stillness and the silence underneath it. The observing presence is you. It’s your day…

Student…

Student; one who learns. There are many names for student: pupil, disciple, apprentice, etc.  Simply defined, a student is an individual who specifically acquires knowledge of a particular subject (or any subject) or one who studies that which is already known in order to acquire different levels of understanding and even consciousness.

The student and the teacher are the lesson.  We all teach in one way or another, some way or another, throughout our lives; we guide each other, share our thoughts, our knowledge and our wisdom. It’s like as human beings we are in this process of teaching and learning, and learning and teaching…  As we learn from the teacher as the student, we absorb knowledge and understanding from their lessons. As we repeat the knowledge as the teacher, it settles in our mind differently. We are teaching and learning at the same time. Be good students, but just as importantly be good teachers.

A simple meditation. Be aware, here and there, when you remember to observe how often you’re learning something and habitually tell yourself “I already knew that” or “That’s old news.” Often times when we are busy acknowledging what we think we already know, we may be missing something we have yet to learn. It’s a new day!

 

Human Beings…

Human beings, humans are quite distinguished from other animals of the animal kingdom. We have an erect posture and walk on two legs, we have a high level of ability to use tools and manual dexterity that surpasses other creatures of the animal kingdom, we have the capacity to form complex languages, trend towards forming large societies and also an aptitude to use a large amount of our brains. As humans, we share a multitude of common characteristics, which includes our emotional reaction to societal norms. (Read More on Commonality: https://wakingupwithpatrick.com/2018/04/28/commonality/ )

It’s a new day!! Be aware when you are dealing with your fellow humans. We often ask how or why they do what they do. When we do this, expectation seeps in, creating more conflict for us. It’s as if our questions will change the person. Sometimes, dropping the questions, allows us to see the individual clearly. We then say, this is how they are, this is what they do. We can then deal with them from a conscious point of view. This leads to handling them better. It also works for many of life’s situations and on ourselves. The hows and whys  are great for learning; Yet, there is a difference between questioning which creates more conflict in our lives and questioning which leads to understanding. There is a difference!  The present mind learns to recognize these differences, and real change comes to the forefront in our lives.    It’s your day!!

A simple meditation, when it comes to your mind, throughout your day, here and there, take a moment before you question someone or something. If you can, run the question through your mind before it leaves your lips. Mediate for a moment on whether the question will enhance the moment or situation or whether the question leads to misunderstanding. Often times, you may find that the questioning can lead to a mind-made expectation that creates conflict with the moment. Make today the best day of your life.