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5/21/12 The real shift has to come from your own reactions

 

 

 

 

10 responses

  1. I am trying to understand what Jampa means, he means when we stop reacting the way we usually do, the shift has taken place… So our reactions tells us where we are in our practice? Thinking out loud. 🙂

    May 22, 2012 at 2:46 pm

  2. Jampa, if you stop by rfaf today, can you comment or expand on Marie’s question ?.. thanks…. : ) (hi Marie, I think Jampa has been looking at the posts each day…let’s see what he has to say… : ) …but I notice that my own reactions do “tell” me a lot about how I’m progressing, that’s for sure…and coming to terms with and understanding impermanence at a deeper level has been keeping my own reacting style quite busy…. : ) )

    May 22, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    • Kathy, I am at a point in my life where I am ready for more shifts, understandings at a deeper level. I am blessed that my s/o is highly aware so we have make believe satsangs in the park where we explore topics like impermanence, detachment and the like. I find that an overly analytical mind gets in my way, so what I do when I read or listen to spiritual concepts, I keep my mind still and many times total clarity arises, other times it doesn’t.

      May 25, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      • Yes, Jampa did reply…it was a nice surprise that he had dropped by.
        I guess maybe it’s a matter of learning to use both qualities…analytical and stillness/quiet… I’m noticing that, at least for me, just the rational/intellectual understanding isn’t really “going in”…so to develop the stillness too.
        Maybe someday Jampa will write about how the tradition practices develops/uses cognitive “analytical meditation” and also “deep stillness” meditation and then combines them, once one can access both…to get things to “go in”

        May 26, 2012 at 7:35 am

  3. Anonymous

    its actually very difficult to understand that without the context of the rest of the email…one thing that comes to mind, is that when a situation arises, perhaps one that we don’t like or that upset us, its not the situation we need to focus on, its how we choose to react towards it that will see the real shift come about, after all we have very little control over others actions but we are trying to gain control over our own actions. so yes Marie i think your idea is good as well, and i also agree that we can judge our progress through the interactions and reactions we have with our self and others.

    May 22, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    • Jampa, I didn’t realize you had replied until tonight. Thank you! I guess, I have made a lot of progess with my reactions. I cringe a little at how volatile I used to be in my younger years but that pattern has been gone from my way of being for the past 10 years. 🙂 I still have more work to do. Would love to reach a more detached state.

      May 25, 2012 at 10:00 pm

  4. Hi Jampa! : ) …..thanks for expanding on that…. kathy

    May 22, 2012 at 6:53 pm

  5. Pingback: 5/25/12 It’s not the situation we need to focus on, it’s how we choose to react towards it « Reflections From a Friend

  6. I had to think about this one and it is so true… every action causes a reaction and that reaction as a direction and we are at the steering wheel and can choose which way to take it (~_~)

    May 26, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    • I’m finding that focusing on understanding my own reactions or potential reactions is keeping me very busy with that steering wheel!…my hands are already sore!

      May 26, 2012 at 5:51 pm

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