All of the great sages from the time of the Bhagavad Gita, to the Buddha, to the Greek and Roman Stoics right down to Voltaire in the European Enlightenment and contemporary teachers like the Dalai Lama, Alan Watts, and Eckhart Tolle have said “quiet your mind if you are to know serenity”.
Yet, for many students this seems an impossible hill to climb. An unsurpassable obstacle on the path. This is generally because students try to simply “will” their mind to be quiet. This does not work. We cannot use thought to quiet thought.
There are two main ways to quiet mind.
The first is by focusing on a point, a candle, the breath or mantra and when the mind wanders just refocusing on that point. With practice this gets easier and easier.
The second is through “detached observation”. In this method we let the mind run free. However, we train ourselves to observe without engagement. We see but just let the ideas flow unhindered. Again, with practice we can silence the mind without thought.
๑ Samsaran ๑
The hallmark of evil is the attempt to control the thoughts, actions or destinies of another. Think of every evil person in history from serial killers to dictators and you will see what I mean. Ultimate good with be complete freedom without leaders or governments. However I have been around long enough to realize that this is not possible at the present level of evolution of mankind. Humans will take from the weak if not restrained. Humans will think only of their own self interest and forget the poor, weak, sick and elderly.
We are still just hairless apes. Selfish and brutal. Our only hope is to evolve through compassion and kindness before our ape natures catch up with us. Compassion and kindness are not mere ideals. They are not signs of weakness. They do not run counter to the principles of raw evolution. Compassion is a survival strategy which is very useful in large unified groups of intelligent animals and that includes homo sapiens.
We must learn to care for one another or perish and be a footnote in evolution. Homo sapiens means “wise man”. Now we must live up to that name and evolve into homo compatior or “compassionate man”.
๑ Samsaran ๑
|—||Peter McWilliams (via psych-quotes)|
O’ you who are tired and weighted with burdens
you who are sorrowful and cannot go on
you who grieve and the world appears to be ending
you who fear and hide yourself in the dark
know this my brothers and sisters, know this
there is a cord of raw power as bright as the sun
it hums with electric intensity and pulses with energy
this power is yours to harness, seek it in the breath
seek it brothers and sisters, seek and you shall find.
๑ Samsaran ๑
Bradamante at Merlin’s Tomb, c. 1820
If this isn’t an entrance to a fairy world then I don’t know what is…
Fairy Glen, Isle of Skye, Scotland, April 2014
Hag stones, also known as Holey Stones or Witch Stones, are stones that have a naturally occurring hole and are usually found near oceans and other bodies of water. They are said to be powerful protection talismans, and when worn or carried they protect the bearer from curses, hexes, negative spirits, and harm. They have also been used to prevent nightmares, being strung on a bedpost or placed underneath pillows. It is also believed that if you peer through the hole of the stone that you can see the Fae Folk and otherworldly entities. If one broke, it is thought to have used its power to protect a life.
Ornamental stand (?) in the shape of a vertebral column. Monte Alban II, Zapotec, 200 BC- AD 200.
Waterfall amidst a mountain covered in ash after a volcano eruption.Taken in Iceland.