Sanity— The Eternal Soft Spot. ~January 20th.

Via Benjamin Riggs
on Jan 20, 2011
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Love is a state of mind without a center or self. Therefore, it doesn’t feel threatened. Since, it is not afraid it isn’t obliged to judge everything on the basis of what it stands to lose or gain in the relationship. So, love is able to simply appreciate the present moment without seeking ownership or destruction. It is free of aggression… This sort of open door policy is generosity. Of course, this is scary from a certain point of view…

The ego devotes all of its time and energy to keeping the door shut. However, the door swinging open is always a possibility precisely because there is a door! This possibility drives the ego mad or gives rise to a a certain kind of paranoia. On the other hand, this door is our “soft spot” or “basic goodness.” It is the indestructible quality of sanity. The door is an eternal reminder that sanity is all that there is.

We could be in the midst of a knock down drag out fight with our significant other. In our rage we say something hurtful, and then BOOM! We see it in their face. We made them sad; their feelings are hurt. Our selfish/ self-centered agenda has destroyed itself. Egocentricity is unsustainable. Life shatters all of our silly little selfish plans. Sanity immediately recognizes this sadness in the other, and begins to express itself. Insanity is revealed to be nothing more than sanity misunderstood, and we remember that we love this person, and that is all that matters! It is a soft spot…

The most subtle expression of generosity is mindfulness, or simply observing. Listening. Watching. Generosity is participation free of aggression or the neurotic need to control. No need to grasp or defend- simply listen. Life is very spacious; all we have to do is acknowledge it. Basic goodness is the potential embedded in the human condition that invites us to do just that.


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Ben Riggs is the author of Finding God in the Body: A Spiritual Path for the Modern West. He is also the director of the Refuge Meditation Group in Shreveport, LA and a teacher at Explore Yoga. Ben writes extensively about Buddhist and Christian spirituality on Elephant Journal, and his blog. Click here to listen to the Finding God in the Body Podcast. To keep up with all of his work follow him on Facebook or Twitter.


4 Responses to “Sanity— The Eternal Soft Spot. ~January 20th.”

  1. TamingAuthor says:

    Ben, like an eagle you circle above some very important concepts.

    Basic goodness, as our inherent nature. Sanity. Space. Witness. Observation without judgment. All vital.

    Begs the question: how does ignorance arise?

    What did we fail to observe?

    How have we managed to become attached, trapped, obfuscated, and basically insane?

    What are the most vital strings to pull to drop the veils of unconsciousness?

    What is the nature of the impulse to deceive? What role does deception play? Self-deception?

    What might our existence be like if we are free from the wheel of birth and death?

  2. BenRiggs says:

    How does ignorance arise? What did we fail to observe?

    To say that we are ignoring something is to suggest we are focused on something else… I think it is as simple as narrow mindedness…. Thought obsessing over itself, and in the process most of the available information is ignored. As a result, we make decisions and act on the basis of missing information, and therefore appear insane.

  3. TamingAuthor says:

    Yes, I believe one can chalk it up to narrowed attention. We failed to see all that was and in that moment we were stuck with mental imprints we had not inspected. That mental imprint became the "seed" to which all mental mass attached, creating a karmic snowball that exploded, burying our attention, leaving us hopelessly attached.

    Have you studied closely the twelve nidanas? The text is an amazing description of the snowball though it omits the specific cause of ignorance, simply noting that its causal position at the top of the chain.

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