Beginner Mind

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  1. That's cool man. I've never really felt like a black hole but everyone's experience is different. Maybe you've gone more deeply into it than I have.
  2. @Preety_India Firstly, as @Ananta said, looks fade. Even the most beautiful people lose their beauty sooner or later. So best not to worry too much about physical appearances. Secondly, when you meet the right person who appreciates you, it won't matter what anyone else says.
  3. @Nahm I remain skeptical but I admire your faith in it.
  4. Yes, only awareness is aware of awareness. Not something the mind can ever know. P.S. I'm still waiting for my dream girl to manifest. How long does this LOA thing take to work?
  5. For those who are struggling with being aware of being aware and are just sick of it, I recommend an equally effective alternative: Allow everything to be as it is. Sit down in a comfortable position, and let go of all resistance in this moment. Simply allow everything to be as it is. This method is just as effective as being aware of being aware, and may actually be easier for some.
  6. I personally never found that question helpful. If you don't know the experience of being aware, then asking "Am I aware?" won't help you. You won't know what to look for. However, once you are able to identify the experience of being aware (i.e. noticing the fact that you are experiencing anything at all), then a question like "Am I aware?" might be more useful then. This is just based on my experience. Others may have different experiences with this question.
  7. The difficult part is in recognizing the experience of being aware (which is actually quite easy and obvious). In the beginning we tend to think it's some special kind of state, when in fact it's just the ordinary basic experience we all have in each moment. I find that it's closely linked with the visual experience. Notice that you are having a visual experience at all. This is noticing that you are experiencing anything at all (a.k.a. being aware of being aware). It's so simple! And yet I completely understand the struggles people have with it as I struggled with it myself for nine months until a fellow seeker came along and pointed me in the right direction. I'll repeat the steps for those who are interested: 1. Relax the attention. 2. Notice the fact that you are experiencing anything at all. And I'll add a third step: 3. Wait patiently for the peace to emerge.
  8. As Rupert Spira has said, it's actually easier than breathing. It's so obvious and in our face that we overlook it. I don't want to be preachy but I'll just share two instructions that may help you: 1. Relax the attention. 2. Notice the fact that you are experiencing anything at all. If you follow these two steps, and wait patiently for the bliss to emerge, you won't be disappointed.
  9. Yes I guess you could say the ego dies a temporary death each time one rests in the experience of being aware of being aware. But in my case it always seems to resurrect itself once meditation ends.
  10. As I see it this can be interpreted two ways: literally resting in the experience of peace, or death of the ego. The latter hasn't happened here yet.
  11. The peace I'm referring to is found in the relinquishment of resistance to life, also known as 'surrender'. I also recommend being aware of being aware, but I would say surrender is the best spiritual practice because the effects can be experienced in your ordinary daily life, not just in meditation.
  12. Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle.
  13. Sup people? I'd like to share the key to being aware of being aware, for those of you who may be struggling with this pointer. I struggled with it for nine whole months, practicing in futility every day for hours, until finally a fellow seeker came along and pointed me in the right direction. It's actually ridiculously simple. Here is the key: Notice the fact that you are experiencing anything at all. That's it. Simply notice that you are experiencing anything at all, and rest in that experience. After a certain period of time has passed, you will begin to experience the peace of your true nature. If anyone has any follow-up questions, I'll be happy to help if I can. Peace, and much love to you all.
  14. @wesyasz Firstly, relax your body and relax your attention. This is an important step and I should've included it in my opening post. It might be helpful for you to realize that you are having a visual experience right now. You are staring at a computer screen. Now, rather than just being aware of the computer screen, notice instead that you are having a visual experience at all. Become aware of the totality of your visual experience. This is noticing that you are experiencing anything at all (being aware of being aware). I hope that helps. If not, let me know and I'll try to think of different phrasing.
  15. @Guru Fat Bastard Thanks for sharing!
  16. @Shin I know what you mean, though I find it's much easier to be aware of being aware when sitting in meditation, easier to go more deeply into the peace.
  17. I should also mention: in this practice it's extremely helpful to relax the focus of your attention. Allow your attention to sink inwards; when you do so, it becomes very easy to notice that you are experiencing anything at all.
  18. @Adamq8 My pleasure. @Shunyata I still feel fully embodied. And no I cannot perform any siddhis, nor do I desire to.
  19. I was thinking something similar this morning. It takes seeking in order to realize that there is nothing to seek. For most of us, it's not enough to be told, "Let go of seeking." One must go on their little spiritual journey and discover for themselves that the peace they are seeking is already here.
  20. It is so obvious to me now: there is absolutely nothing to be gained from this life. All possessions will be lost, all relationships will be lost, everything will be lost. So, we might as well let go now. Let go of needing anything. There is nothing to seek, nothing to find. I'm not suggesting that one should abandon their goals; rather, just drop your attachment to outcomes. If you have a particular outcome in mind, if you think you need a certain outcome to happen in order to be happy, that's a recipe for suffering. Approach your goals playfully, without attachment. Always remember that anything you acquire or accomplish in this life will be taken from you in the end. When you realize there is nothing to gain from life, a natural surrender occurs. God willing, it may dawn on you that you need absolutely nothing in particular to happen in order to be at peace right here right now; a peace that is always available in the simple relinquishment of resistance to this moment. Peace, and much love to you all.