When the world feels like it is caving in around you, take a few slow deep breaths and step back. Everything seems so solid and real, but nothing is. We feel so solid and concrete, but we are not. Everything is like a dream. Things appear one way, but exist in another. This is similar to an image of a dear friend in a dream as we wake up. Where is my friend? She seemed so present. Oh, it was just a dream! This is the experience when one has studied and meditated on emptiness daily for many years. Coming out of meditation, things appear, but a deep conviction inside tells us they are not real. They take on an illusory-like quality. Everything is similar to a lucid dream where we know we are dreaming. This is freedom from the destructive emotions, without suppressing them.
When it feels like the rug is being pulled out from under you, remember there is no rug and no you. At least not the ones we normally relate to. Everything is like a dream, […]
Living in the world, but not part of the world is the best way to serve others. A Bodhisattva strives to help all others. In order to help, we must know their thoughts, feelings, intentions, […]