Pierre the Meditator
Learning and practicing meditation
Letting go of what hinders or traps us into patterns that cause suffering.
Our awareness is like the sky, and all the contents of awareness are passing clouds.
Letting go of happiness as a goal can pave the way for happiness to appear on its own.
We can focus on the breath and remember that every in-breath is a new beginning and every out-breath a release, a new letting go.
There is no agenda other than to be awake, nowhere to get to, no special state to look out for or to try to attain.
Through repeated practice we see over and over again that each in-breath is a new beginning and each out-breath a fresh letting go.
A supple mind accepts change and is not attached to the past. Rather than lamenting change, it finds new beauty and hope in it. That is a life to which to aspire.
The practice of equanimity is learning deeply what it means to let go.
What do we want most fundamentally in this life, and do we achieve it through trying to control the endless change of circumstance, or do we achieve it through learning to let go?
Being free from concepts is like going backstage in a theater and suddenly realizing how much of our engagement with the drama has come from mere appearances.
Aversion is like a rainstorm, arising and passing away. It is not I, not me, not mine.
The Tibetan Buddhist tradition defines renunciation as accepting what comes into our lives and letting go of what leaves our lives.
The heart of skilful meditation is the ability to let go and begin again, over and over again.
Our deepest happiness is not born from accumulating new experiences. It is born from letting go of what is unnecessary, and knowing ourselves to be always at home.
When we accept the present, we can forgive and release the desire for a different past.
Awareness doesn’t have to do anything. It doesn’t have to make anything happen. It just sees. It just knows.
The practice is experience based, somatically based, present moment based. It is generous, wise, and open to possibilities, to not knowing.
Awareness is a big container and can hold any thought, any emotion, without in the slightest being caught by any of it.
Clinging is optional. We can recognize it when it arises and choose not to feed it.
Let go of the stream of distress and embrace life fully in your arms.