Daily Archives: May 10, 2017

Sangha notes for 5-8-17

An excerpt from Nothing Special by Charlotte Joko Beck:
“Practice is not about having experiences, not about having giant realizations, not about getting somewhere or becoming something. We are perfect the way we are. By ‘perfect’ I mean simply that this is it. Practice is simply maintaining awareness – of our activities and also thoughts that separate us from our activities. … When thoughts arise, we notice them and return to our direct experience.
Awareness is our true self. It’s simply what we are. So we don’t have to try to develop awareness; we simply need to notice how we block our awareness, with our thoughts, our fantasies, our opinions and our judgements. We’re either in awareness, which is our natural state, or we’re doing something else.”