Napa Valley Insight Meditation Message Board › Awakening: Readings for June 12th NVMG Meeting
This Wednesday (June 12th) we will discuss pages 27-285 in the 10th Step of James Baraz’s book Awakening Joy,The Joy of Simply Being. You can print out a copy of the reading by clicking on the link below:
In this week’s reading, we are asked to continue to explore the work of freeing our minds from the restlessness of wanting and not-wanting. As we take time to meditate and simply be, we begin to see that it is our wanting, craving mind that is the real cause of our suffering. This simple realization is the beginning of our liberation. We start to understand that much of our lives are spent in an entangled spider’s web of desires and aversions, created by our thoughts, and that the self we perceive ourselves to be is just an illusion.
As long as we are caught up or enmeshed in what Buddhism calls “samsaric states,” holding on to a fixed version of reality, we experience many forms of suffering. The good news is that through mindfulness practice we can learn to let go of these mind states and begin to tap into a deeper sense of joy and peace.
As James Baraz puts it, “A deeper wisdom is always available. It might be covered by a lot of static, but it’s there, and we hear it when we drop into being present, when we get past all the noise, relax our grip, and tune in to the clarity that arises from the stillness within”
To discover our true selves is a lifetime journey. Mindfulness practice is a spiritual path of self-transformation and self-improvement that requires continuous effort: By setting aside time each day to simply breath and be, we gradually peel away what we see needs to go, just as if we were peeling an onion. With patients and gratitude, we can learn to let go of the “perceived self” and slowly awaken to true consciousness.
"Try to realize it's all within yourself
No one else can make you change."
[Within you without you, George Harrison, 1967]