Freedom is not necessarily exciting; it’s just free.
Very peaceful and quiet, so very quiet.
Of course, it is also filled with joy and wonder, but it is not what you imagine.
It is much, much less.
Many mistake the intoxicating power of otherworldly charisma for enlightenment.
More often than not it is simply otherworldly, and not necessarily free or enlightened.
In order to be truly free, you must desire to know the truth more than you want to feel good.
Because if feeling good is your goal, then as soon as you feel better you will lose interest in what is true.
This does not mean that feeling good or experiencing love and bliss is a bad thing.
Given the choice, anyone would choose to feel bliss rather than sorrow.
It simply means that if this desire to feel good is stronger than the yearning to see, know, and experience Truth, then this desire will always be distorting the perception of what is Real, while corrupting one’s deepest integrity.
—Adyashanti (via oceanandwave)
The paradox seems to be, as Socrates demonstrated long ago, the truly free individual is free only to the extent of his own self-mastery. While those who will not govern themselves are condemned to find masters to govern over them.
—Steven Pressfield (via elige)
Before we were born we had no feeling; we were one with the universe. This is called “mind only” or “essence of mind” or “big mind.” After we are separated by birth from this oneness, as the water falling from the waterfall is separated by the wind and rocks, then we have feeling. You have difficulty because you have feeling. You attach to the feeling you have without knowing just how this kind of feeling is created. When you do not realize that you are one with the river, or one with the universe, you have fear. Whether it is separated into drops or not, water is water. Our life and death are the same thing. When we realize this fact we have no fear of death anymore, and we have no actual difficulty in our life.
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind (via oceanandwave)
It is only the dull, sleepy mind that creates and clings to habit. A mind that is attentive from moment to moment — attentive to what it is saying, attentive to the movement of its hands, of its thoughts, of its feelings — will discover that the formation of further habits has come to an end.
—Krishnamurti (via purplebuddhaproject)