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“An Update!” by Josh Kane

Hey
It’s Josh
This is what’s happening:

I have chosen to hold off on posting this week’s episode because it feels like, upon listening, that I have talked entirely too much about concepts that are only somewhat related to my own true experience. I was giving advice, offering technical practices and attaching some expectations to them around the little details of enlightenment.

Who knows what will wake anyone up… It’s not my place to tell you how you will feel from doing something. It is my belief that credibility depends on one’s actions being fully aligned with one’s speech. I; WE, do our best.

We accepted when we first started this, Ian and I, that we would be authentic to the best of our ability. We would be vulnerable and open to the best of our ability. And like the constitution of the united states, we would be a fixed object like a new river, with the ability to change and adapt to what will certainly be, just by flowing and letting the bedrock below do its thing. Make space.

We travel, still reaching out and connecting across thousands of miles, through thousands of seconds of stillness, hoping we’ll be present enough where we are at to one day fall helpless into the arms of Mother Earth and Father Sky. LA, CT, AU, UK, CA, NY… Step by step, we have seen this journey come so far, pouring wide open so we can feel empty… That emptiness of being fulfilled by the knowing that we have done all we can.

Remembering at last, with no hope of forgetting ever again, that we are eternal.

We are planning a trip to Italy to do some workshops in August, and that’s exciting for both of us. We are doing our best to keep up with everything. We imagine you are too, whoever you are.

Thanks for listening to my little check-in. I miss sharing so much with so many people at once, even though it’s so scary. To be seen by you, and wonder what you think, breathe through that, and then try my best to stay present with how it feels to be who I am, whether i understand or not, whether I try or I don’t. It’s all happening just right, otherwise it would’t and we would all do something else.

Maybe you agree. maybe not. Maybe you are still growing, like me, and that feels good. It feels true. Thanks for letting me into your world. You’re welcome in mine anytime… with boundaries, I would hope.

Aho

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Episode 35: Justice

Thanks for tuning in to this week’s discussion on Justice, meditation, truth and peace of mind.

We hope this provides valuable, relevant insight for you to take into your practice of mindfulness and conscious living.

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M-2-M – Remembering Now – 2013/03/27

I’m listening to Snatam Kaur sing the Sikh prayer “Poota Mata Kee Asees” (Mother’s blessing). It summarises my current experience in one line: “May you never forget God, even for a moment”.

Feel free to replace the word God with Now, Life, Truth, the Universe or any traditional name for Creator.

Over the last few months I’ve spent a lot of time with a dear old friend. His heart no longer beats due to cancer. It’s been an experience… Any words I use to describe it are just a best effort. I’ve felt like a humble student through the whole process. Listening has been my main focus. That’s listening. Not a story about it or attachment to listening which would be a story and distracting from actually being here too.

I found it useful to just slow down, breathe and feel the life force in this body. It was a great reminder and gave me space to stay in and around now. From this presence I could relax into just listening.

What a time to listen! Each person going through such a unique processes. In just being, my heart naturally opens in compassion. Feeling all of it and letting it be what it is.

Listening gave me clarity and honesty with others as well as with my own process. In sensitive awareness I could see stories starting and it was very clear they were stories. Like on old habit made clear on the canvas of silence. The perspectives from which they came is also clear and these thoughts often feel kind of artificial and soft. When feeling an urge I’ve just been bring presence to it. Shining light on the priority, source and truth in an instant of honest awareness. It’s a new, deeper and much more grounded place of perspective that feels easier, simpler and more natural than living meditation has felt in the past.

The moment to moment practice I am living is as Snatam says: “Never forget God, even for a moment”.
Just feeling each moment now.
If I get distracted, that was needed and I can remember to feel now again… now.
It feels like a mother open heartedly adoring her child though it’s directed at every moment and every thing… Myself included.

It took some sitting practice to help build this habit. The meditative states I was feeling while sitting naturally made their way into my life in unique and sometimes surprising ways.

I love this mothers blessing. I love the meaning, the intention, the wisdom and how it feels to sing it.
Thank you Snatam Kaur for sharing!

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