Posted by josef on 5/20/2011, 8:35 am, in reply to "Re: one of the BIG reifications"
: The most valuable things are priceless.
: I know of nothing more valuable that being
: awake. Unless we are awake our life amounts
: to little more than a chorus of meaningless
: chatter. Rich chatter, poor chatter, the
: chatter of monkey-mind just the same.
: And so I am presently cultivating attention
: through my meditation practice. I let my
: attention rest on my breath. Something
: simple that requires attention but very
: little intellectual effort. Attention is the
: primary tool of internal transformation.
: Unless we are paying attention to what is
: going on we are lost, usually in thought. My
: practice is the study of what is going on.
: I do not want to be merely a passive player
: in the mystery of being. I intend to be
: active. Involved, engaged. I intend to live
: out the rest of my life in presence. Present
: and accounted for.
: I do not know with certainty what will
: happen next. But I can begin to know what is
: happening now by realizing that I have no
: control over what might happen next. By
: letting go of what I have no control over my
: natural state of being is re-emerging from
: the cloak of my conditioning. My formal
: practice is about what is, not what might or
: might not be. Nor is it about what may or
: may not have been. When I catch myself
: drifting off I gently wake myself up and
: return my attention to the present. With
: practice I intend to bring my practice into
: the rest of my life. I intend to wake up as
: fully as is practical. There are times for
: flights of fancy. For intellectual pursuits.
: Just not all of the time. Even now my waking
: up to the whole of my life is happening, but
: like a flower that opens in stages, so does
: my life in presence.
: By actively giving up control I am coming
: together naturally. What all the king's
: horses and all the king's men could not do
: is now being done of itself so. All I am
: doing is providing the conditions for the
: process to take place.
ButchO, I appreciate and resonate to all you say here. Beyond the concepts, teachings & words, this is the reality, the experience being pointed to. Not talking about it, reading about it, thinking about it, but living it. I share your seeing that attention & letting go are key...on subtler and subtler levels. This is the essence of self-refinement and Return, peeling away the layers of obstruction, as you say, "providing the conditions for the process to take place". All the reading and thinking can't even begin to approach what time spent doing this inner work reveals.
Thanks for posting this glimpse into your experience. You're in agreement with the Buddhist master who answered his student's question what is the secret of Enlightentment with:
"Attention. Attention. Attention. The secret is attention."