WRONG VIEW: Happiness is located in objects. New MJ Awakening Blog
June 16, 2019

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WRONG VIEW: HAPPINESS IS LOCATED IN OBJECTS

“All disturbing attitudes are based upon the innate assumption that happiness and pain come from outside of us. It seems that other people and things make us happy or miserable.

Thus, we rely on external objects that we contact through our five senses–seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching, to make us happy.

We have the notion that happiness is located “out there,” in that object, place or person. Consequently, we try to procure certain things and be near certain people.

Similarly, we try to avoid all objects and people that make us unhappy, because it appears that our unhappiness is coming from them.

The view that happiness and unhappiness come from external things and people puts us into a predicament, because we can never completely control the people and things around us.

We try to obtain the possessions we want, but we never have enough.”

-Ven. Thubten Chodron

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Open KNOWING, not open CLINGING. New MJ Awakening Blog
May 31, 2019

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“Just be open, openly knowing… which includes everything, not just the object that you’re fixated on, normally, like thoughts or whatever.

Look now… there’s only here and now knowing.”

-Salvadore Poe

MICHAEL: Notice thoughts may arise that argue that it can’t be as simple as Salvadore is making it. Because he’s pointing to the fact that you already are what the thoughts are so desperately seeking for!

Not stopping long enough to fully realize this, and instead going back into believing our empty thoughts, is what allows the seeking to continue. Thus the admonition is to stop now and just be open to everything, yet attending to nothing. Open knowing here now. Being. Nothing to seek, nothing to push away. A thought comes, fine, let it come… it will go. Open knowing, not open clinging.

Nothing about “you” is personal because there is no person there. New MJ Awakening Blog
November 28, 2018

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It’s not that there has ever been a separate, solid “you.” It’s that the same thoughts have been IDENTIFIED WITH repetitively for many years/decades by the impersonal light of ever-present formless Consciousness.
 
Nothing about “you” is personal because there is no person there. Feelings, yes. Thoughts, yes. Sensations, yes. But an actual separate entity, no.
 
Thus, any rejection of anything that arises is to fight oneself. A self that doesn’t exist. Being is being with whatever arises without judgment.
 
Can you imagine if a tree believed the thought, “I like my leaves, but my bark is so ugly!” The tree would be rejecting a part of it self out of sheer ignorance. However, trees don’t do this. Just humans.
 
Michael Jeffreys

The practice is to remain SILENT… New MJ Awakening Pointer
September 12, 2018

silence please

The practice is to remain SILENT, regardless of what the mind says or doesn’t say. When a thought arises, add nothing and drop back into SILENCE.

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Almost everybody’s life goes BIRTH… thought, thought, thought… DEATH. New MJ Awakening Blog
May 14, 2018

birth and death of thoughts

It occurred to me that almost everybody’s life who has ever been born on this planet goes something like this:

BIRTH… thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought, thought… DEATH.

Michael Jeffreys

 

Comments

KATIE: CLICK… tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick… BOOM 💥 Somehow this all translated to me like a ticking time bomb. 

MICHAEL: Great visual Katie! Yes, whatever time your body has left (before it goes KABOOM! ) , do you want to spend it in/as Presence or more thought? 


SHELLY: Brings sadness to read that. I don’t want that for myself and yet feel trapped in that.

MICHAEL: Yes, I felt sadness around this too Shelly! But also heartfelt gratitude for seeing it.


CHANNANAGOWD: I am sure even the Birth and the Death are thoughts themselves.

MICHAEL: 

What is aware of THOUGHT? New MJ Awakening Blog
April 14, 2018

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As I tune into/feel my mind’s attention, I notice it jumps around like a frog from one water lily to the next, i.e., one thought to the next. Endlessly.
 
What does this have to do with me? Do I jump around? Have I ever moved? Or is everything else moving but me?
 
Michael Jeffreys

Have you ever seriously asked yourself why you’re believing your thoughts when all they do is cause you pain and suffering? New MJ Awakening Blog
April 13, 2018

what now thought

What grounds do you have for ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, believing a thought?

Michael Jeffreys

When it comes to SILENCE, I sell out too soon. New MJ Awakening Blog
April 5, 2018

silence

When it comes to SILENCE, I sell out too soon. I never get to her deeper secrets because as soon as ANY thought shows up, I forget all about her. ❤

Michael Jeffreys

PRESENCE is simply Being, not Storying. New MJ Awakening Blog
April 1, 2018

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Whenever I am in mental pain, anguish, suffering, story, wishing someone had acted differently, I know I am in mind and not silent PRESENCE.

Michael Jeffreys

 

Heart feels… Mind interprets. New MJ Awakening Blog
March 29, 2018

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FEELING VS INTERPRETING

Heart feels… Mind interprets

Silence… Noise

Michael Jeffreys

 

p.s. INTERPRET (verb): 1. to give or provide the meaning of.

2. to construe or understand in a particular way. -Dictionarydotcom

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