Misreadings

 

Misreadings are great. They show what draws my attention here and now, and what’s alive for me.

Here are a couple of recent examples.

A friend of mine wrote in an email:

realizing that Diamond Sutra is actually Prajnamamita Sutra

I read it as Pajama Sutra. (A misreading of a misspelling of Prajnaparamita.)

In what way is this alive for me here and now, Pajama Sutra? In what way has it juiciness and meaning for me?

Dropping into. Relaxed. When I do stable attention practice (breath), how is it to be completely relaxed and still allow stable attention? How is to find that alertness and deep relaxation at the same time?

In life, how is it to live life from a more relaxed place? How is it to take stories less seriously? To use tension as a pointer to a belief, and find what’s more true?

How is it to relax and allow experiences as they are, as guests and friends?

How is it to relax into – and as – the deep velvety luminous blackness?

How is it to relax into what I am, releasing out of images of a separate I?

And another example, from a Headless Way group on Facebook:

1. Lose your head
2. Drop your inner emotional narrative
3. Realize you’re already safe
4. Your thoughts belong out there in the world not in your (no) head

I read #2 as Drop into your inner emotional narrative. Allow it. Be it. Am I already safe, even with these stories?

Note: There is a difference between dropping stories, or feeling/thinking we need to, and inquire into stories and find clarity around them. In the first case, stories are held slightly as Other and perhaps even as a problem. In the second, stories are what I am – as anything else. They come and go. There is no problem there. Stories are recognized as practical tools only, and an expression of the playfulness of existence. Dropping them can be very helpful as first-aid, but there is some ongoing effort there. Inquire into them and finding what’s more true leads to a place where this effort can be dropped.

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realizing that Diamond Sutra is actually Prajnamamita Sutra [in an email, misspelling]

Read as pajama sutra
— dropping into, relaxed,
— also meditation practices, relaxed, stable attention etc.

1. Lose your head
2. Drop your inner emotional narrative
3. Realize you’re already safe
4. Your thoughts belong out there in the world not in your (no) head

Read #2 as Drop into your inner emotional narrative. Allow it, be it.

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I am not doing much in the way of meditation practice these days, but when I do, can I do it from a deeply relaxed place? When I do stable attention practice (breath), how is it to be completely relaxed and still allow stable attention? How is to find that alertness and deep relaxation at the same time?

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