Updated:Focused and Fearless: Relinquishment; The path of release!!!!!

a bed of golden, red and maroon coloured autumn fallen leaves

a bed of golden, red and maroon coloured autumn fallen leaves

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“Let go of every fixation.
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Ultimately this is a path of release.
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The mind may attempt to construct itself on any foundation:
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through attachment to blissful jhanic states;
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by becoming “the one who lets go”;
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by being “the meditator who understands change.”
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Observe and laugh at the antics of the mind.
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Coax it to release its hold, even its attachment to good things.
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Uproot any place you find yourself stuck in, whether it be with the pleasures of the tranquil mind of jhana or in the clarity of insight.
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Resist the urge to keep score of your insights.
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Assessing your meditation practice only fuels grasping.
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Willingness to let go is indispensable.
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Every stage of this path requires a complete relinquishment of both the struggles and the delights, pleasant experiences and painful ones.
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Even the states of samadhi that you diligently cultivate must, in the end, be relinquished.
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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jennifer on September 18, 2015 at 1:10 am

    Lovely.

  2. Shaila Catherine is one of my favorites. My teachers have come from books, others personal experiences shared. She speaks in a way that comes alive for me.

    Her insight is much more organic, simple and in depth.

    I highly recommend “Focused and Fearless”

  3. Posted by chickenlittle2017 on August 15, 2017 at 3:25 am

    DVT

  4. Posted by Jennifer on August 15, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Still powerful two years later.

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