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Being and Becoming…

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In talking or writing about mindfulness and meditation, many will give you techniques and things to practice to get to a certain point.  However, real mindfulness, wisdom, and meditation may not (by any means whatsoever) be what can be attained through practicing or through following methods laid out by others.  Wholeness is not at some point; it is everywhere and nowhere.  Taking a route to it is like following a road to the totally pathless, which is ludicrous.   (It’s like trying to measure the immeasurable, like so many so-called scientists are trying to do!)  Related to this is that being and becoming are essentially the same thing.  “Being,” as does “becoming,” reinforces the self, the center, with its dependence on sensations, pleasure, and time.  The intelligent mind does not try to be in a state of being, try to be what is non-becoming, nor try to be in a state of non-being.  Such trying would be a further extension of becoming and would reinforce the self and its dependence upon time.  In not trying to be or not be… the mind may naturally blossom as what is beyond dependence and measurement.  The measureless is timeless; a point in time is always limited.  A natural mind can intelligently use experience when necessary and may go beyond it without striving to become or be anything.

 

[Firefly on window, checking us out!]

Firefly on window, checking us out! It's that time of year here! Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Firefly on window, checking us out! It’s that time of year here! Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

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My Blog primarily consists of close-up nature photos (that I've taken locally) combined with original mindfulness sayings and/or poetry that deals with mindfulness/awareness. I love nature and I love understanding the whole (not merely the parts and the details). I'm a retired teacher of the multiply handicapped. I have a number of interesting hobbies, such as fossil collecting, sport-kite flying, 3D and 2D close-up photography, holography, and pets. Most of all, I am into holistic self-awareness, spontaneous insight, unconventional observation/direct perception, mindfulness, meditation, world peace, non-fragmentation, population control, vegetarianism, and green energy. To follow my unique Blog of "Nature Photos and Mindfulness Sayings" and for RSS feeds to my new posts, please access at: tom8pie.com (On my regular Blog posting pages, for additional information and to follow, simply click on the "tack icon" at the upper right corner... or, on my profile page, you can click on the "Thomas Peace" icon.) Stay mindful, understanding, and caring!...

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  1. Thank you, Thomas, for sharing your wonderful thoughts with us and showing me a firefly. Have a nice day, regards Mitza

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  2. Love both perspectives here Tom. I don’t think the firefly needs to try to be filled with light. It just is. As are we.

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