Spirituality

Meditation is Not Serious. Meditation is Play.

Meditation is Not Serious. Meditation is Play.

“The universe is one grand cosmic symphony, and it’s all happening directly through you. You are the maestro, and everything around you forms this great boundless orchestra of a myriad instruments.

Your role as maestro is not to control the flow of music, but to direct it and to bring more harmony to the melody of the universe — a melody otherwise known as life.

When we allow the experience of life to flow freely through our beings, then we are in meditation.”

Leggo My Ego! — Our Infinite Obsession With Ego

Leggo My Ego! — Our Infinite Obsession With Ego

“Ego dissolution is a thing a lot of people get totally obsessed about. Everyone talks about it as if it’s the holy grail of spiritual achievement. Spiritual enlightenment, in all its glory, is touted as passing directly through the death of the ego — the freeing of one from the simple suffering of this life as an individual constantly fighting for assertion.

But what happens if we’re to actually dissolve the ego? What happens if we’re to truly lose our sense of self?

If the ego disappears, then the animal instincts and the social conditioning will take over. We’ll become wild animals chained by the shame and guilt inherent to the moralistic programmings we all inherit from our beloved ancestors. But wait — animality, shame, guilt — aren’t those the things we’re trying to fix through spiritual pursuits? Aren’t these what spiritual liberation is all about?”

Faith is the Okayness of Not Knowing

Faith is the Okayness of Not Knowing

“Faith, what does it mean?

In modern society, we’re educated in trusting our rational minds. We’re taught that emotions are unreliable, that dreams are just childish fantasies, and that important life decisions need to be made by carefully weighing all the logical arguments in favour of everything.

Now, right on top of that, we’re taught that to “have faith” (in the religious sense) means blindly believing someone else’s story about something they don’t actually know for themselves, but which they’ve chosen to blindly believe from someone else. In other words, we’re taught a version of faith that’s one fancy telephone game.”

Is Meditation Safe?

Is Meditation Safe?

“Meditation is a spiritual practice used to open ourselves to the true nature of reality. It’s in sorts a scientific process of introspection, set with an intention of looking at the world in a manner as objective as possible — free of judgments, free of the mind which would judge and categorize anything and everything.

Meditation is not about feeling calm and enlightened — although it can bring about these two experiences as very welcomed side-effects. But if one chooses to practice meditation, in a serious and profound manner as would be the case in a week-long Vipassana or Zen retreat, with the sole intention of relaxing as in a glorified form of vacation — then one may have a bad surprise.“

The Difference Between Religion and Spirituality

The Difference Between Religion and Spirituality

Spirituality is a path that aims at the resolution of the inner conflicts society instills within us. Where society would have us obey and follow in other people’s shadows rather than becoming the true masters of our own destiny, spirituality gives us the tools for finding strength and harmony in embracing and expressing our individuality — in becoming all that we are meant to be.

Religion would have us provided with ready wisdom and all the answers to the fundamental questions of being, but in doing that it only serves to create a great divide within us. The mind will accept dogma and beliefs and strive to live by them, but the deeper intuitive self — the non-rational part we might refer to as the subconscious — knows these beliefs to be in conflict with its own truth.

Dreams Can Become Reality — Listen to Those Voices Within

Dreams Can Become Reality — Listen to Those Voices Within

“Your best friend, your most faithful life companion, the only one who will always stand by your side, is you. How will you choose to treat yourself today? Will you choose to listen — and I mean really listen and aspire not to criticise or belittle the voices within?

Those voices within might be saying all sorts of crazy things — they might dream of flying high in the sky or spreading magic through the universe. Those are not mere childish fantasies — they are the longings of your soul, and they deserve their voice.”

Finding Truth on the Path to Spiritual Freedom

Finding Truth on the Path to Spiritual Freedom

“Once we peel away the layers of the identity onion through contemplative witnessing meditation, we are left with nothing — as whatever we are, the observer, is the one thing which cannot be observed. We become faced with an indescribable void: the true nature of I — and if I say void, it is not because there is nothing there, but rather that there is nothing there that the mind can see or describe. Whatever exists there cannot be described using thoughts, words, concepts, or ideas. It can only be known through experience.”

Buddha's Message Explained to a Child

Buddha's Message Explained to a Child

“People do all sorts of crazy things in their lives because they’re so afraid of growing old and sick and dying, even though there’s really nothing we can do to avoid it.

Buddha saw that and wasn’t happy about it. He was also really afraid of death and suffering, and he wanted to find a way to live a life that wasn’t completely controlled by that fear. He wanted to live happy, and for him that meant finding a way to live without fear.”

What is Love? A Diary of a Lost Little Boy...

What is Love? A Diary of a Lost Little Boy...

“Once I got a little older, they told me to say I love you. They told me to say it to my mom, to my granddad, and to my little cousin. They told me I had to say it even though I wasn’t their mother and I didn’t really find them beautiful or strong or valiant. They told me I had to, otherwise they would feel bad - and I didn’t want to make them feel bad - I didn’t want to be a bad person.“

Does the Happiness in Your Life Depend On the Quality of Your Thoughts?

Does the Happiness in Your Life Depend On the Quality of Your Thoughts?

"Happiness is but a higher harmony of the being as a whole - where the thoughts, emotions, physical and mental health are all in satisfactory balance. Thoughts are not a cause of happiness but a manifestation of it - just like everything else in the body, physical or otherwise."

The Secret to a Blissful Life: Stop Trying to Win

The Secret to a Blissful Life: Stop Trying to Win

“The notion of winner in the game of life is deeply attached to the role that’s been assigned to us. Achievement - in the form of social popularity, monetary gain, or educational success - is another one of those completely artificial constructs. It begs to ask ourselves: what do we really want out of life?”