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Life Coaching, Spirituality & Transformation

Friends with Silence

4 Comments 01 June 2011

Befriending silence is like having a whale whisper in your ear

or sharing a sandwich with a planet.

A humbling and ridiculous mashup.

Only grace can make you feel both so precious and tiny.

You don’t even need to make the first move.

Silence is already there. And here.

Dissolving aloneness into all oneness with infinite patience.

Might as well stay still.

When it takes you, you want to share it,

the hushed moment.

But moment is all there is,

a moment in a moment in a  moment.

Maybe you can feel it between these words.

Maybe you too are a friend of silence.

When we meet

we’ll greet each other with the space inside.

Maybe it will quietly smile.


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Life Coaching, Spirituality & Transformation

A Whole Lotta Nuthin’

No Comments 29 March 2011

As someone who has sampled most every self-improvement and human potential morsel these past twenty years, it is funny and ironic and more than a little paradoxical they have circled me back wide-eyed to the Baby I Always Was.

The only real reason to ask questions is to drop the questioner. Even the most complex system is at its best when it is transparent and invisible. It is true and makes no sense that we kick up so much dust for a whole lotta nuthin’.

So if you are evolving your mindset with NLP, affirmations, inquiry, visualizations, coaching, EFT, meditation, mastermind groups, morning pages, rampages of appreciation, vision boards, strict media diets, stringent friendship requirements, or any other myriad ways of thinking better , you are in the business of leveraging your isness by forgetting thought.

If you are evolving your environment with feng shui, professional organizers, stylists, home stagers, energy clearers, astrocartographers, or any other myriad of ways of improving your habitat and workspace, you are in the business of  leveraging your isness by removing external distraction and noise.

If you are evolving your skillset with trainers, teachers, online videos, mentors, workshops, seminars, books, and practice, you are in the business of leveraging your isness by becoming unconsciously competent in skill.

So it starts simple and it ends simple. As Sogyal Rinpoche says about meditation, good in the beginning, good in the middle, and good in the end.

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Through the unknown, unremembered gate
When the last of earth left to discover
Is that which was the beginning;
At the source of the longest river
The voice of the hidden waterfall
And the children in the apple-tree
Not known, because not looked for
But heard, half-heard, in the stillness
Between two waves of the sea.
Quick now, here, now, always—
A condition of complete simplicity
(Costing not less than everything)

–TS Eliot

 


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