“Nowness is the sense that we are attuned to what is happening. The past is fiction and the future is a dream, and we are just living on the edge of a razor blade.” ~CTR
Confusion is nothing more than a lack of observation… Ignoring the nowness!
Perhaps, if we sit back and develop an appreciation for the profoundly unnatural and irreversible consequences insanity is capable of producing, we could develop a greater appreciation for basic sanity. Maybe, if we realize how ugly we make the world when we ignore our fundamental well being, we can begin to cultivate a sense of gratitude for the beauty and prestige we are capable of expressing when we take the time to love ourselves. To observe our situation. To touch it. Feel it. To sit and just be with ourselves. Maybe, if we as a people spent more time with ourselves—real time, in silence—we would realize that life is spacious enough to accommodate all of our differences, even our own internal discrepancies and contradictions.
I have never felt more at peace or in love with myself than in those silent momenta when I see and accept as real all of the things in me that I hate, all those things that do not agree with my contrived self-image. In those moments insanity is transformed into sanity. Chaos becomes order. Hate is revealed to be love. Filth is seen as beauty, and conflict ceases to be. ~from Listening To Tragedy on Elephant Journal by Ben Riggs
Confusion is nothing more than a lack of observation. When we listen all things are made clear. In observation what once appeared to be chaos is revealed to be order. It is not that reality changes per se. Instead, we have discovered the natural order of things, and allowed our thinking to be a reflection of this order. This is the restoration of sanity.
The powerful words of Chogyam Trungpa…
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