Finding Your Sanity In The Midst Of Chaos

by Ed and Deb Shapiro: The question is, has the world gone nuts? It certainly looks like a lot of people are being driven by fear, hatred and greed…

The protests in Chicago, the rising anger and animosity, is to the detriment of us all. Is it not time for some real sanity?

Losing our sanity is about getting so absorbed in what someone else thinks that we’re no longer in touch with our own sensibility, as seen in the way Trump has manipulated the minds of so many. It’s believing that we are right so everyone else must be wrong. It’s thinking that bloodshed, violence or guns will actually solve something. It’s believing that the real enemy is ‘them’, and that by eradicating ‘them’ we make ourselves safe.

None of the above makes any sense in a sane world. Gaining our sanity means we know the difference between right and wrong, we know that two wrongs don’t make a right. It’s knowing that kindness wins every time. It’s knowing that the one who shouts the loudest invariably needs the most help. It’s knowing that sharing, communicating with, and helping each other is the best way to ensure our continued existence.

Chaos is natural—our universe is organized chaos—so to find our sanity in the midst of this is vital. Life is unpredictable, everything is constantly changing, the only security is knowing there is none. A renown meditation teacher once said that there should be no difference between meditating in a cave or in the chaos of a city, as stillness is inside us and not dependent on external circumstances.

Although this is undoubtedly true, it is definitely put to the test when our lives are full of uncertainty, fear or unrest. Maintaining our sanity and inner peace means having an attitude of non-grasping. If we hold on, whether to resentment, irritation, hurt or anger, we create suffering. Our mind gets caught up in the emotion and we lose our mental balance. Letting go doesn’t deny our feelings, but it keeps us connected to sanity.

Think of the sky that has clouds, storms, rain, snow, tornados, lightening, thunder, yet behind all that is the sky, unchanging. Or think of the water in a lake. When the water is calm we can see the depths below, but when it is disturbed we get caught up in the waves and turmoil. Beneath our tears and grief, beneath the dramas and conflicts, there is a very sane, still and calm place we can rest in.

Just Being Meditation

Find a comfortable place to sit, and close your eyes. Become aware of yourself, of your presence on the chair in the room.

Follow the flow of your breath as it enters and leaves. You are breathing … sensing … heart beating … feet on the floor. Be present with yourself and whatever is happening in the moment.

Sit and breathe … just sitting … just being… just breathing. Silently repeat, “May all things be well, may I be at peace with all beings.”

Stay with this for a few minutes, or for as long as you like. When you are ready take a deep breath and gently open your eyes.

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Ed & Deb are hosts of Going Out Of Your Mind radio on VividLife.me. They are the authors of the bestselling book, Be The Change. Deb is the author of Your Body Speaks Your Mind, now in 21 languages. They have three meditation CDs.
Source: AWAKEN

Jiddu Krishnamurti on The First and Last Freedom

Jiddu Krishnamurti lived from 1895 to 1986, and is regarded as one of the greatest philosophical and spiritual figures of the twentieth century. Krishnamurti claimed no allegiance to any caste, nationality or religion and was bound by no tradition. His purpose was to set humankind unconditionally free from the destructive limitations of conditioned mind. For nearly sixty years he traveled the world and spoke spontaneously to large audiences until the end of his life in 1986 at the age of ninety.

Krishnamurti is a leading spiritual teacher of our century. In The First and Last Freedom he cuts away symbols and false associations in the search for pure truth and perfect freedom. Through discussions on suffering, fear, gossip, sex and other topics, Krishnamurti’s quest becomes the readers, an undertaking of tremendous significance.

Krishnamurti On Relationship

An excerpt from The First and Last Freedom

If there is real relationship between two people, which means there is communion between them, then the implications are enormous. Then there is no isolation; there is love and not responsibility or duty. It is the people who are isolated behind their walls who talk about duty and responsibility. A man who loves does not talk about responsibility, he loves. Therefore he shares with another his joy, his sorrow, his money.

Are your families such? Is there direct communion with your wife, your children? Obviously not. Therefore the family is merely an excuse to continue your name or tradition, to give you what you want, sexually or psychologically, so the family becomes a means of self-perpetuation, of carrying on your name. That is one kind of immortality, one kind of permanency. The family is also used as a means of gratification. I exploit others ruthlessly in the outside, and at home I try to be kind and generous. How absurd! Or the world is too much for me, I want peace and I go home. I suffer in the world and I go home and try to find comfort. So I use relationship as a means of gratification, which means I do not want to be disturbed by my relationship.

Thus relationship is sought where there is mutual satisfaction, gratification; when you do not find that satisfaction you change relationship; either divorce or else you move from one relationship to another until you find what you seek, which is satisfaction, gratification, a sense of self-protection and comfort… Relationship is sought where there can be security, where you as an individual can live in a state of security, in a state of gratification, in a state of ignorance, all of which creates conflict, does it not? If you do not satisfy me and I am seeking satisfaction, naturally there must be conflict, because we are both seeking security in each other; when that security becomes uncertain you become jealous, you become violent, you become possessive and so on. So relationship invariably results in possession, in condemnation, in self-assertive demands for security, for comfort and for gratification, and in that there is naturally no love.

We talk about love, we talk about responsibility, duty, but there is really no love; relationship is based on gratification, the effect of which we see in the present civilization. The way we treat our wives, our children, neighbors, friends, is an indication that in our relationship there is really no love at all. It is merely a mutual search for gratification. As this is so, what then is the purpose of relationship? What is its ultimate significance?

If you observe yourself in relationship with others, do you not find that relationship is a process of self-revelation? Does not my contact with you reveal my own state of being if I am aware, if I am alert enough to be conscious of my own reaction in relationship? Relationship is really a process of self-revelation, which is a process of self-knowledge; in that revelation there are many unpleasant things, disquieting, uncomfortable thoughts, activities. Since I do not like what I discover, I run away from relationship…

Therefore, relationship has very little significance when we are merely seeking mutual gratification but becomes extraordinarily significant when it is a means of self-revelation and self-knowledge. After all, there is no relationship in love, is there? It is only when you love something and expect a return of your love that there is a relationship. When you love, that is when you give yourself over to something entirely, wholly, then there is no relationship.

If you do love, if there is such a love, then it is a marvelous thing. In such love there is no friction, there is not the one and the other, there is complete unity. It is a state of integration, of complete being. There are such moments, such rare, happy, joyous moments, when there is complete love, complete communion. What generally happens is that love is not what is important but the other, the object of love becomes important; the one to whom love is given becomes important and not the love itself.

Then the object of love, for various reasons, either biological, verbal or because of a desire for gratification, comfort and so on, becomes important and love recedes. Then possession, jealousy and demands create conflict and love recedes further and further…

Relationship is self-revelation; it is because we do not want to be revealed to ourselves that we hide in comfort, and then relationship loses it extraordinary depth, significance and beauty. There can be true relationship only when there is love, but love is not the search for gratification. Love exists only when there is self-forgetfulness, where there is complete communion, not between one or two, but communion with the highest; and that can only take place when the self is forgotten.

Source: Ram Dass

LOOK INSIDE

A Reading of Jiddu Krishnamurti’s Book ‘The First & Last Freedom’.

Download, convert to MP3 & listen at your leisure.

One of very few people advocating taking individual responsibility for the state of the world.

Part 2: http://youtu.be/5itSiH_QKnk
Part 3: http://youtu.be/2Iw919AOS7Q
Part 4: http://youtu.be/YGW_bAIeNVQ
Part 5: http://youtu.be/45XHKcWp6Eg
Part 6: http://youtu.be/B2i6URNWIJ8

Cultivating the Courage to Love ~ Preview


How do you find balance with so much suffering in the world?

In these 9 hour-long sessions, join Ram Dass, Roshi Joan Halifax and Krishna Das for an exploration on how to discover joy in our lives while still acknowledging the truth of suffering.

Awakened Humanity ~ Leonard Jacobson

Published on Mar 15, 2016

This talk was given at SAND15 conference in San Jose, California. For more talks please visit: http://www.scienceandnonduality.com/

Leonard Jacobson is an awakened spiritual teacher, mystic and gifted healer.

He experienced a spontaneous spiritual awakening in 1981. This first awakening was followed by a series of further awakenings, occurring approximately every three years. As a result of these enlightenment experiences, he is able to guide others into the direct experience of the awakened state of Presence, Love and Oneness. He also shares how to integrate awakened consciousness into everyday life and relationships.

Leonard is the author of five books, Words from Silence, Embracing the Present, Bridging Heaven & Earth, Journey into Now and his most recent book, In Search of the Light, a children’s book. He has written, produced and performed a one man play on the true meaning of the words of Jesus, titled Liberating Jesus. There is a DVD of the play.

He was also the recipient of the 2005 Peace Prize awarded by Religious Science International.

In his books, seminars and retreats, Leonard shares invaluable keys to enlightenment as well as effective ways to integrate higher consciousness into everyday living. He has been traveling throughout the U.S., Europe, Australia and Asia for the past thirty years offering inspiration, healing and guidance to those on the path of spiritual awakening. His teachings and his presence are a powerful reminder that the source of life and truth is within each one of us.

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