Awakening is a process, not a destination

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“For almost everyone who practices, cycles of awakening and openness are followed by periods of fear and contraction.  Times of profound peace and newfound love are often overtaken by periods of loss, by closing up, fear, or the discovery of betrayal, only to be followed by equanimity or joy.  In mysterious ways, the heart reveals itself to be like a flower that opens and closes. This is our nature.

The only surprising thing is how unexpected this truth can be.  It’s as if deep down we all hope that some experience, some great realization, enough years of practice might finally lift us beyond the touch of life, beyond the mundane struggles of the world.  We cling to some hope that in spiritual life we can rise above the wounds of our human pain, never to have to suffer again.  We expect some experience to last. But permanence is not true freedom, not the sure heart’s release.

Every voyager learns that we cannot hold onto the last port of call, no matter how beautiful.  To do so would be like holding our breath, creating a prison from our past”.

~ Jack Kornfield, After the Ecstasy, The Laundry.


About Casey

“the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes ‘Awww!’ ~ Jack Kerouac, On The Road Again
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