Form And Happiness

Do you chase experience in the hope of lasting happiness? Form never has the power to make us happy or unhappy. But unconsciously we often give it that power. No person, thing or experience makes us happy in and of itself. It's only our interpretation that makes it appear that way.

From the egoic state of mind, it really appears as if outer experiences determine happiness. The reason for that is that the egoic perspective is artificially limited. The ego lacks wholeness and knowledge of its true state. This perceived lack is projected outwards. External circumstances seem to temporarily fill that inner void. The reality though is that we only associate certain states of mind with experience. All states are always arising within ourselves, independent of experience. 

How can you stop giving things the power to determine your state of mind? There is a right and wrong way to do this. If the ego mind realizes this predicament, it might try withdrawal as a strategy. You might become a minimalist and reduce your activity. You forcefully try to disengage from the world out there. This might help you to realize some of that truth, but for most people, this is going to be the wrong way and will lead to frustration. It's denial, not true asceticism, which comes from inner abundance. 

The right way to stop giving experiences the power over your state of mind is to see the illusory nature of all appearance. Seeing the dreamlike nature of everything will reveal the pure potential of every moment. You stop giving the power over your state of happiness away to form. Just as a dream at night loses its power when you wake up. Waking up to the true nature of things does the same. Then reality is free to play, with no strings attached. 

Mind-Self

Today I am. Clarity in not knowing.

I don't know who or what, yet I am. 

Not in me, not in you, not in it. I am nowhere to be found. 

Yet always present. 

Perspectives onto myself. Including the perspective. That I am.

I am perspective, one second real, next second unreal.

How do perspectives exist though? Do I exist?

A perspective from which "I" do not exist, that certainly is true.

A perspective from which "I" do exist, that idea certainly is true.

One second on, and off the next. But who makes the switch?

What is true regardless of ideas? 

What is prior to concepts?

Concepts and ideas come and go, yet I remain. 

Pure potential.



How To Deal With Desire

How should we deal with desire in the context of spirituality?

Desire is as natural to our human nature as breathing and eating. This is where we start out when we start to explore spirituality. Desire is the natural way in which our mind creates motivation. Desire makes us do things, get things done and accomplish our goals. At least that is what it seems like on the surface. 


A Powerful Dream Yoga Technique

If you are practising mindfulness in daily activities, you may have noticed something interesting happening to your sleep. At a certain point, as you develop your mindfulness, the increased awareness will carry over into your dreams and sleep. And even if this has not happened to you yet, you can learn how nighttime practices can benefit your spiritual progress. Dream and Sleep Yoga are powerful meditation techniques that allow you to extend your practice. 

Mindfulness for busy people - Karma Yoga

Is the spiritual path one of the five most important things in your life? For most people, it is not. Spirituality is something they do on the side. When life is quiet and not stressful. In this article, we will explore why it is so difficult to make meaningful progress if spirituality is not one of your top priorities and how you can fix it. 


Minimalism: Why Most People Fail Long-Term

There is a problem at the core of minimalism and most people overlook it. Not many people can stay committed minimalists in the long run because it is our minds nature to seek happiness in objects. And objects include every perceivable experience here. In this article, we are going to explore the knowledge you need to break the illusion that objects will ever make you feel whole and complete. 

What It Means To Be Present in Meditation

The purpose of meditation is to internalize awareness and focus on the present moment. What does it mean to be aware of the present moment? In this article, you will learn about the difficulty to distinguish between conceptualization and presence and how you can go about doing it. 

How do you grasp Nothingness?

The Downside Of Wanting To Be Fast

Our whole economy is about efficiency. We want to do things in less time. Everything has to be done as quickly as possible. Time is money. But what is the cost of the thinking that things have to be done faster?

The Moment Is Eternal

Time is generated from within the moment. You always only perceive now. But you can't understand this intellectually. In order to realize this, a great shift in your perception has to take place. How do you do this? By letting go of any concept outside of what actually exists right now.

There is no such thing as an absolutely True thought

Contemplation is a technique for the generation of meaningful insight. The results form contemplation are very different from intellectually understanding something. It is also different from looking up an answer and then being content with it. 

Looking up answers
Insights cannot be looked up.

As a society today we are used to finding every answer through google on our smartphones. But relative, rational answers leave us without the deeply satisfactory "aha"-moments when our minds have seen through a question on their own.