Tag: feeling

Watching the clouds in the sky

Laying on your back watching the clouds in the sky is an experience of presence.  Feeling our feelings and allowing them to carry us like drifting clouds leaves us on the shore of presence as well.  There is nothing to attain here, presence simply is and the opportunity to feel the vastness of wonder smooths the path.  Enjoy the journey.  ~Alain & Jody Herriott

clouds, feeling, Presence, Watching, wonder

The Tao is like a well….like the eternal void

#4  The Tao is like a well:  used but never used up.  It is like the eternal void:  filled with infinite possibilities.It is hidden but always present….  excerpt from the Tao te Ching translation by Stephen Mitchell

The more we unwind our limiting feelings, the more we experience the eternal void.  Some are concerned that this means we can’t think or function normally in the world.  Actually, we function even better because as the internal conflict drops away, the mind is not only quiet and peaceful but more efficient and clear. We realize that the quiet, the eternal void truly is filled with infinite possibilities and creation is only a moment away.  ~Alain & Jody Herriott

creation, feeling, realize, Tao, void, well

In the pursuit of knowledge everyday

“In the pursuit of knowledge, every day something is added.

In the pursuit of the Tao, every day something is dropped.

Less and less do you need to force things, until finally you arrive at non action.

When nothing is done, nothing is left undone……” — Tao te Ching translation by Stephen Mitchell 

The mind is like a river, once in motion it hard to stop.  As we add feeling to our life we begin to understand that the mind becomes quiet when we don’t feed it.  We feel what limits us and the mind’s chatter begins to drop away. If we let ourselves do this every day we will finally arrive at a quiet, peaceful mind.  When the mind is quiet nothing gets in our way and nothing is left behind either.  As the internal conflict drops away we experience inner peace and a harmonious life.  ~Alain & Jody Herriott

feeling, force, harmony, knowledge, peace, Tao

There comes a time on the feeling journey

There comes a time on the feeling journey when you realize you have touched the edges of everything that is associated with our world as we know it.  This is when things get really interesting, for everything that you now encounter is completely new territory. There are no familiar points of reference, there is only the unknown and the infinite possibilities that this creates. So feel, be willing to go beyond your boundaries and enter the new world that appears at your feet.  ~Alain & Jody Herriott 

feeling, Journey, new, territory

Duality: the quality of dual

Duality: the quality or condition of being dual. The state or quality of being two or in two parts; dichotomy.  

We are experiencing life as duality.  We appear to need highs and lows, rights and wrongs and so on.  The mind appears to crave issues to talk about in order to immerse itself in duality.  This is just the mind believing the illusion; that it needs comparisons in order to  define “self”.  When we feel, duality unwinds and we experience Being.  There is no longer a need for the inner turmoil of who or what is better; quite simply we are.  ~Alain & Jody Herriott

being, Duality, feeling, mind

Our lives are like an endless river

Our lives are like an endless river.  Within the river are boulders and banks, debris and floating jetsam. The things in the river are the creations of our mind.  The mind clings to these creations even though they are not the river.  Our feelings, when felt and allowed to unwind, support the flow and the clearing of these obstacles we have created in our river.  As more and more obstacles are unwound the river becomes a sea and a sea becomes an ocean, a never ending connection to everything we could ever imagine.  ~Alain & Jody Herriott

creation, endless, feeling, support

The problem with introspection is that it has no end.

“The problem with introspection is that it has no end.”  ― Philip K. Dick

This is what the mind does, it looks, examines and judges, going on and on without rest.  We can break this cycle of internal overactivity by allowing our feelings to have a role in our life as well.  While it does take some practice the rewards are well worth the time spent.  Feeling and thinking should support each other as opposed to excluding each other.  The act of allowing feeling and the mind to have an equal role in our lives is what leads us to have a quiet mind that is effective and peaceful.  We find that now we can simply be and in so doing experience who we really are.  –Alain & Jody Herriott

feeling, Introspection, mind, thinking

Looking, feeling, presence

Looking through the air at sunset I see the light haze and the gentle glow of the oak trees as the light shines through.  The air offers the sense of a gentle touch on a late summer day.  A moment in time, an example of presence.  Breathing is effortless and an inner glow of balance and rightness is simply there.  Each moment offers these types of experiences.  Are you willing to be there and enjoy them?  Take a moment to feel and let your feelings carry you into a deeper experience of now.  Every sense we have carries us and supports us gently leading us into who we are.  –Alain & Jody Herriott

feeling, looking, Presence, senses

Awakening and Self-Realization

“Your unrest is the last cramp in your legs as you climb this mountain.  Rest awhile if like. But do not return to your old house.  It is not your home any longer.” –Shyamananda on maya, self-realization, bliss.

Awakening is done in stages and the action of doing so may seem difficult, like climbing a mountain.  This is only because you believe that awakening requires you to strive and often suffer in order to achieve it.  Through feeling our feelings and allowing the integration of body and mind that results from this action, we arrive.  Believing that we need to strive is simply a view from the corridors of maya.  Relax, open and become, realization has been with you all along.  –Alain & Jody Herriott

awakening, effort, feeling, self-realization, striving

Creation of the World

“The creation of the world did not take place once and for all time, but takes place every day.”  — Samuel Beckett, Proust

Our lives are like this; each day we are creating, evolving. Having said that we also desire things to stay the same in our lives, giving us something that we believe we can depend on. Yet give us too much consistency and we feel stale, bored and crave change. This paradox is the opportunity, creating the bridge between the desire for things to stay the same and for things to change. It is this inner conflict that drives us to look for new ways to be.  Feeling is what carries us over the bridge, bringing us to a new way to be.  It allows us to enjoy the consistency and embrace change as well. ~ Alain & Jody Herriott

crave, creation, feeling, world