What Does it Mean to be Sincerely Peaceful? The Answer in 170 Words.

Via on Feb 12, 2013

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Meditation isn’t about giving up control.

In practice, we see that the very notion of control as a scam or an an illusion.

The very entity that is said to be in control, the ego—repressive patterns of thought and physical tension—belongs to the very life process it claims to control. Thought and tension both arise within the spectrum of experience. Nothing can be found standing outside of Life, as it unfolds, witnessing, thinking, and reacting.

The witnessing, thinking and reacting all arise within the stream of life.

So, in meditation practice we touch the breath and let it go.

We allow the breath to guide itself.

We relax into the body and discover that the body is an auto-regulating process. Liberation is found, not in victory or accomplishment, but in the annihilation of struggle.

When we cease to experience ourselves as a solid, separate entity standing back, apart from the revelation of life trying to regulate experience, then we cease to struggle against life.

This is the true meaning of peace.

 

 

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Ed: Bryonie Wise

About Benjamin Riggs

Ben Riggs is the director of the Refuge Meditation Group in Shreveport, LA. Ben writes extensively about Buddhist & Christian spirituality and politics for The Good Men Project, Elephant Journal, The Web of Enlightenment, and is the editor & chief for Henry Harbor--an online magazine concerned with art, culture, spirituality, & politics in the deep South. To keep up with all of his work follow him on Facebook or Twitter. Looking for a real bio? Click here to read my story....

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