“In the Beginning…”
II. Synchronistic Webs
The Hudson RiverTrail
The New Age Center
“At the End…”
Many times a daily walk I had.
Bodily organs rejoicing.
And, always, a quietness arrived.
- "It's just You and me again,"
automatically I thought
So, frequent prayers would to my lips
and mind arise
With quietness in-between.
- Today it occurred: There's separateness
How can I to pray continue?
Realizing this, prayer fell away.
Now it's quietness that reigns.
Delicious Stillness, unifying Presence.
- Consciousness enjoying the cool breeze.
Admiring the purplish evening sky.
Consciousness out for one of Its strolls.
What fun allowing mind to dissolve!
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A solitary daily slow jog/fast walk
the Hudson River's bike/walking trail2.
How good the dirt road to feel
- to Nature back again!
The open expanse uplifting is.
The tall, straight mountain (Hook Mt.) face3 fascinates.
Giant granite boulders everywhere
manifesting the power of Consciousness.
Relishing, in the distance, the majestic Tappan Zee Bridge.
Awesome is all! Wondrous to the eye.
Hawks, like eagles, drifting in space.
Rocks by the riverside, smoothed by
continuous waterwaves, just as we, mellowed
overtime by the Grace of Primal Energy
Thick/thin vines everywhere:
climbing trees, hugging rocks, blossoming
Varieties of dogs strolling,
together in communication (It's a dog's world)
Couples out for a walk, a man with his hands
on her hip - or was it her buttocks?
Detective-like fathers with thin children
investigating the fascinating environment.
Little wavelettes, as so many forms
beautiful gigantic Hudson River.
Reminding of our forms on the sea of Life -
appearing and disappearing continually,
Like Life and Death, so many ripples.
Yet always there the River - even if our
personalized forms dissolve.
Opening the eyes, so many
Welcoming Presence, Awareness, Stillness -
"God," for some.
What better way to start the day -
except for prior meditation!
- The beauty of the River:
"The outer form is a temporary reflection of what we are within
- A delicious 2-mile path
along the edge of the Hudson River starting at Nyack Beach State
Park (Hook Mountain) - the end of north Broadway in Upper Nyack -
ending at Rockland Lake (4 mile round trip). Trail way opens at 7
- The cliffs of Nyack are
500-600 feet high.
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- Practicing body-awareness.
Be here now--in the body.
Pre-yoga warming-up stretches.
Then the postures.1
- Hatha, the generic term.
Many yogic styles, which one?
Focus on the body and breath
Move into each posture with gentleness
Witnessing the restrictions, the inflexibility,
the stuck places or "knots."
Accepting just where you are.
No need to compete.2
- The body, after letting go, rejoices.
Into needed areas, the blood flows
delicious oxygen carrying.
Slowly, the body glows again with
youthful vitality and flexibility.
Cleansed and reinvigorated are the organs.
Yet, to what purpose?
- Not physical fitness--although valid.
Not ego-centric body form.
Not excellent health--but what a by-product!
No--it's using the body to go deeper,
to contact spirit,
to experience the innermost Being.
Leading to the meditative frame of mind,
Where ego drops away
and only Consciousness exists.
- May the West not bastardize the
- Total postures or body positions are
about 800. See famous "Yoga Chart" dedicated to Swami
Kailashananda, by Yoga Asana Center.
- See The New York Times
"Controlled Breathing, In the Extreme" July 2003 ST1 about
Bikram Chaudhury's Bikram yoga classes. "Hot" and
P.S. He also wants to franchise his particular style. Interested?
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- Meditation, many traditions1
Within each, many variations.
What is one to do?
- Better, on one path, to remain
Or, them all experience,
even if not in-depth?
Which for what time of day/night?
A certain stage of life, a more appropriate one?
But why even meditate?
A waste of time--or the best thing one can discover?
- Overall, two major approaches appear.
The first, called, outer or other-directed.
Named inner, self, or non-self directed, the second.
- The first--some acceptable CONTENT
a teaching, a conditioning, a socialization,
a brainwashing--usually authoritative,
and "the right way."
Infiltration of ideas/concepts and proper posture
whether revealed, transmitted, or not.
From without to within.
- Differs greatly, the second.
Through stillness of mind,
One watches/observes what arises
without judgment--just amazement.
From within to without.2
What a difference! Meditative mantra:
Ultimately, however, let go of letting go.
Pure Beingness, Unconditioned Consciousness
Our original state before the Fall?
- It's hard. It's easy.
It's practical. It's enlightening.
Maybe it's boring.
But how can the exploration of the innerself
or non-self, be boring?
Depends on your worldview!
To meditate or not to meditate--THAT is the question!
- Ultimately, there is no need to
Yet in meditating, the Silence, the Stillness,
the pregnant Emptiness, the sense/feeling
of deep Interconnectedness,
can still be relished.
- Source invites you to experiment.
- See the Meditative Mind: The
Varieties of Meditative Experience by Daniel Goleman for an
Hindu Bhakti, Jewish Kabbalah, Christian Desert Fathers, Sufisim,
Transcendental Meditation, Patanjali's, Ashtanga Yoga, Indian Tantra
and Kundalini Yoga, Tibetan Buddhism, Zen, Gurdjieff's Fourth Way,
Krishnamurti's Choiceless Awareness, Ignatian, and more.
- However, to arrive at the deepest
within, one must allow all the "conditioned" withouts to
emerge and float into the ether. If you believe in "past
lives" (reincarnation) you can imagine how many "withouts"
there are embedded in the energy field of your cells. For a more
penetrating insight, see Chapters 4 and 5 in Toward a Psychology
of Awakening, by John Welwood: "Beyond the oneness of the
transpersonal ground lies the zero-ness of the open ground."
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Television, lethal tool of
The Dark Side of Consciousness.
Escapement into virtual realities.
Innumerable choices sucking one in.
Magnetic compulsion built of obsession.
- Sport after sport after sport…
Displaying attractive beer-induced parties.
promising lusty female bodies.
in love with gas-guzzling status SUVs.
or, maybe the Mayback571
Followed by mindless game shows.
Pizzas, burgers, mouth-watering meals, presented
to fill the emptiness of the interior.
Refrigerator habits unbroken.
Soaps/B-movie vapidities replace authentic emotions.
Living vicariously to many appeals.
How can you turn it off? Addiction supreme.
What else is there to do?
- Mental noise in talking-head
Who’s right, who’s wrong — so impartial!
Peaceful sleep fades, thinking unceasing.
Dreams cluttered by all the above.
- Buddha: desire/craving, the root of all
Infinite advertising materialistic acquisitions creating.
Deepening the root to depths unimaginable.
The future promising to fulfill all,
The pregnant present moment clouding over.
- Where is Stillness? Can we stop?
Allowing Consciousness to hear Itself?
Or, will Knowingness send us a message undeniable?
- “Be still and know that I am God.”
- Latest Mercedes ultraluxury car:
$311,700 - 363,200.
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