I would rather explore the moon, anything, than myself. New MJ Awakening Blog
January 6, 2019

golden meditating buddha

“We would rather explore the far side of the moon or the bottom of the ocean than the hidden depths within ourselves.

Unless we investigate the world within we can never know reality–we will only know our beliefs about it, or our conceptions of it.”

-William Hart, from The Art of Living Vipassana Meditation

VIPASSANA means ‘insight’ in the ancient Pali language of India. It is the essence of the teaching of the Buddha, the actual experience of the truths of which he spoke.”


LOVING YOUR TRIGGERS: “No way is the way.” New MJ Awakening Blog
December 5, 2018


“No way is the way.” -Zen proverb
My friend Jim Dreaver suggested the theme, “Loving your triggers” for a satsang and I really like it! Because it’s exactly what no one is doing and thus staying stuck for decades, even a lifetime!! It’s our triggers that we see as separate from us, e.g., anger, fear, frustration, confusion, unworthiness, etc. and so we try to push them away/get them to change as quickly as possible.
Why? Because I fear them. I am afraid to look at all of me. And if I won’t look at something, won’t even acknowledge it for however long it appears to be showing up, how on earth am I going to be genuinely present with it??
But this ruse can only go on for so many lifetimes. Eventually it begins to dawn on you that you have been completely wrong about everything and everyone, including yourself. That the way you thought/imagined believed it was, is in truth not the way it actually is, because it isn’t any way. Or in Zen it’s said, “No way is the way.”
It takes humbleness to meet your pain. Because you have to first stop pretending you know what pain is. Or anything else. Which means starting from 0, and not 1. If I am a 1, I already know something. But what does a 0 know? Nothing.
Michael Jeffreys

What is always looking out your eyes is not a “me”… new MJ Awakening pic quote
February 13, 2017


And then, in a moment of clarity, it hits you… that which is always looking

out my eyes is not a “me.” “Me” is a thought. A thought is not what is seeing.  

Michael Jeffreys

Stop identifying with what is endlessly changing and “stay put”… new MJ Awakening Blog
August 8, 2016


Awakening is NOT making the personality “you” disappear or change. It’s seeing clearly that it’s not inherently You. Is not the “personal you” constantly changing? One moment up, the next down, the next bored, etc.

As soon as you say you are the “up” one, then you are saying you are not the “down” or “bored” one. And as soon as you claim to be the “down” one, then you are saying you are not the “up” or “bored” one. And as soon as you claim to be the “bored” one, you are saying you are not the “up” or “down” one.

The persona/mood of the jiva is always changing. But that which notices ALL changes doesn’t come or go or change. In other words, you begin to be AWARE of the mind, rather then being the mind. You stop identifying with what is endlessly changing and “stay put.”

This takes practice! We have become so habitually conditioned to believe our thoughts, that the idea of “staying put” takes a re-orientation of sorts. Left to its own device, the jiva will go to thoughts because that’s what its been programmed to do. See this, notice this, become aware of it, observe it… as it’s all that’s going on every moment.

Michael Jeffreys

What is always silently looking… new MJ Awakening pic quote
July 24, 2016

mj looking out your eyes monk watching bird pic quote

What is always silently looking out your eyes is not a thought. A thought can’t see.

Michael Jeffreys

What would the ego do without a “problem”?? (meditation picture quote)
December 26, 2013

MJ ego quote half buddha face pic

To rest in the still peace of not needing to know anything… (meditation picture quote)
November 14, 2013

mj knowing nothing autumn-lake pic quote

“It is as it is.”-8 year old girl
June 6, 2012

I just came back from teaching a chess class at an elementary school in Culver City, CA, and during the class one girl said to another girl, “Some of your hair is sticking up!” And just as I was starting to say it was fine as it was, an 8 yr old girl named Larissa casually blurted out, “It is as it is.”

Yes, that sound you heard was my jaw hitting the floor! And so I said to her, “Honey, who told you that?” And she just shrugged her shoulders and replied, “No one.”

-Michael Jeffreys

Gratitude and the Death of a Coffee Mug
March 10, 2012

A few minutes ago: After washing out my absolute favorite coffee mug which I have had for years, I went back into my bedroom…. and a few minutes later I hear a loud “CRASH!!” come from the kitchen.

My body got up and went into the kitchen to investigate the source and I discovered that the cup had changed form! It had slipped off of the drying rack somehow and was now in lots of separate pieces on the floor!! My reaction in the moment was, “Oh, I had no idea it was time for the coffee cup to move on. I am so grateful for all the years that it allowed me to pour coffee in it and drink from it. Such a blessing!” And I swept up the pieces to move them to the dumpster.

There was no arguing with reality. Why make it into a problem? Acceptance means not resisting Life. Everything IS as it IS. Seeing this clearly fills the heart with loving gratitude for everything that Life continuously gives you every moment.

-Michael Jeffreys


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