The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step

Waking Up to Life

 

“The question is ‘What does one have to wake up to?’ And the answer is life. We wake up to life itself. Life is infinite. It is oneness. It is emptiness. It is the wonder of wonders.

When I say ‘life’, I am not speaking about the life in our heads. That life is simply an accumulation of story lines, so we are not referring to that life.

Whenever we say that we have a great life, we are speaking about the life in our head. And whenever we say that my life sucks, we are definitely speaking about the life in our head.

There is life that exists in our head. It is nothing more than reading a story about the life of a character in a novel. It’s fiction, made up stories. None of it is real.

That life in our head, the one we grasp and believe to be true, is actually only happening like a movie, like a novel in our head, in our deluded mind. Its not really happening.

The life we are talking about waking up to is not this usual life that has all of these remembered stories. It is life that in some sense is actually quite mysterious.

It is not your life or my life; it is the totality of life. It does not exclude anything, it encompasses everything – the clouds in the sky as well as the birds flying above us.

It includes the breath we are taking in as well as the insect crawling on the ground. It includes the dew on the grass in the morning as well as the traffic on the highway.

It includes the bliss in our hearts and the pain in our joints, everything we are glimpsing when we are no longer lost in the troubled mind.

That is life. Life is actually big, It is infinite. It is boundless.”

by Anam Thubten
from “The Magic of Awareness”

Related: Deconstructing the Story https://theconsciousprocess.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/snatching-the-story/

 

Source: (1) Tao & Zen

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