Opening in the thick of it.

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Opening in the thick of it.

Postby Kojip » Thu Apr 01, 2010 6:10 pm

Something occured to me today. While maintaining (somewhat unevenly) an awareness of bodily sensation, kinaesthetic, ambient, along with mood, volitional impulses, thoughts flow and so forth, there was a flashing out onto a more panoramaic sense. This is not presumably something other than the skandhas. It was however different than the piecemeal awareness of bodymind that is often present, in that there was a clear awareness of the compelling, overarching global perception, or narrative, that I seem to swim in like the ocean. With this awareness there was a stepping out of the narrative and an opening to simple presence, like after a few days on retreat. Then, being in the midst of a busy day, the narrative with all of its limitations and seeming fates re-asserted itself. It was an opening in the thick of things.

Can any one relate?
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Re: Opening in the thick of it.

Postby catmoon » Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:56 pm

Maybe. Sometimes I experience a sudden jump in awareness and clarity and focus while sitting.
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Re: Opening in the thick of it.

Postby joy&peace » Sat Jun 06, 2015 2:59 am

'there's no nirvana in samsara, but there's also no samsara in nirvana' - Dogen

reminded me of it anyway :)

and by the way, wherever you are, may good peace and good health come your way :)


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Re: Opening in the thick of it.

Postby avisitor » Tue Jun 09, 2015 5:43 am

It is fascinating to here of other's experience while just sitting ... thanks
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Re: Opening in the thick of it.

Postby ClearblueSky » Wed Jul 01, 2015 6:36 am

"stepping out of the narrative and an opening to simple presence". Yes, I think most who have spent time meditating can relate to this, that's a pretty good way to sum up the essence of meditation in a few words if you ask me.
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