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I was so impressed by a Jeff Foster video today, that I sat down to transcribe parts of it for myself and for all of you. He is one of many gifted spiritual teachers who is helping others practice compassionate awareness with self. I am always up for sharing that wisdom with all of you, so that we can all benefit.

Guest: I’ve been on this journey for more than 20 years…and I still hurt.

 

Jeff Foster: So this word … still — this is a huge one. This is the voice of the mind. After all these years, after all the healing, after all the courses, after all the books, why am I STILL feeling this? That’s one of the big stories of the mind: after all I’ve done, after all my insight, and my clarity, and my healing … why am I STILL feeling this sadness? Why am I still feeling this burning?

 

This word ‘still’ is very interesting because it implies an expectation. ‘By now’, that’s another way of saying it, isn’t it? By now this should be gone, by now I shouldn’t be feeling this. By now is the big lie. By now, is the great dishonoring of your experience. By now, still, I should be over this by now.

 

It’s so violent to ourselves, so cruel, so unkind. So quickly we go into the old story – why are you still here? I thought you would be gone by now. I’m so disappointed. Can you feel the self-violence in that? They just come, all they are asking for is to be allowed here now.

 

We go so quickly into – why are you still here? Seems like such a small thing, but when it comes to the voice of the heart it’s such a huge thing. That’s not the voice of the heart. The heart doesn’t say – why are you still here? The heart says, “aw, you’re here.” There’s no ‘still’, there’s no ‘by now’. There’s only here, there’s only now.

 

This idea that I should be “free from”. That’s the mind’s version of freedom. These are all your children: rage, doubt, joy, sorrow. They are all your children, and they come to you not to punish, or show you how much you failed, but because you are their home.

 

Sadness does not want to be healed. It wants to be held … which is the healing ironically. The word heal and whole are from the same root. It wants to be part of the whole.

 

You are presence. You are home and all these children come to visit you. Sadness will come and visit you, and she’ll leave and come back. If your heart is open, that never has to stop. That’s how you break the cycle of violence.

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11585056-abstract-illustration-of-a-glowing-flowerThis quote is from mindfulness teacher Jeff Foster. Below I will append the quote, and then add links where you can get additional quotes from him.

DO YOU EVER GET THE FEELING…?

Do you ever get the feeling 
that you live on the threshold 
of pure possibility? 
That you are life itself, 
and the power that creates galaxies
moves through you? 
And you are that power?
And every thought, every sensation,
every feeling, however intense,
however uncomfortable, however fragile,
is itself an expression of the same power?
That no thought nor sensation is against you?
That you are vast enough to hold it all?
That you are not a person becoming conscious,
nor a seeker seeking that which seekers seek,
but consciousness itself pretending to be 
a person becoming conscious,
seeking itself and delighting in the seeking?
That the wave cannot be divided from the ocean?
That you are the destination and the origin?
That love is closer than the next breath?
And infinite peace is your nature and birthright?

Do you ever get the feeling
that you live on the threshold
of pure possibility?
And all the wonders of the universe 
are already yours?

– Jeff Foster

Yum, isn’t that just so inspiring! You can find more on his Facebook page at Jeff Foster (www.lifewithoutacentre.com) or his main website: http://www.lifewithoutacentre.com.

He writes so many inspirational, heart opening pieces, that I would be spamming you daily if I reposted them, so I hope you get to read and select some of your own favorites.

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FullSizeRenderToday I bring you an excerpt from Jeff Foster’s “10 Shockingly Simple, Life-Changing Principles of Spiritual Awakening”, click on that link to see it in its entirety.

Tough to pick just one to highlight from the 10, so I will pick the one that is most likely to trip me up.

“6. ACCEPTANCE IS NOT SOMETHING YOU ‘DO’, IT IS WHAT YOU ARE

Acceptance doesn’t mean that an unpleasant thought or feeling will go away; it may stay awhile. Don’t try to accept it (as this is often resistance in disguise) but acknowledge that it is ALREADY accepted, already here, already part of the scene. Treat it as if it perhaps will always be here! This removes the pressure of time (trying to make it go away, wondering why it’s “still here”). It IS here, now. Bow before THIS reality. Be curious. And allow any urges, any feelings of frustration, boredom, disappointment or even despair, to come up too and be included. They are all part of the present scene, not blocks. Even a feeling of blockage is part of the scene!”

Sometimes my attempts at being fully present with what comes up is actually an insidious hidden agenda to change it, make it go away, so I don’t have to feel it. This will fail every time, because it is not meeting the moment as it is. What a relief, just as he writes – if it’s here, it’s already accepted! How do we know that? It’s here now! It’s that simple.

I also absolutely love – “treat it as if it perhaps will always be here”. I think most of us have something we bump up against. How much better does it feel to honor – this (whatever it is) is here now. Sure maybe it’s been here before, maybe it will be here again, but all I have before me is this moment. There is no “it’s always been this way, it will always be this way” in this moment.

Be well, and at peace my friends … and have a look at the rest of the above article, and another really good one (also, by Jeff Foster), which I have previously posted a link to is “40 Surprising Truths About Suffering”.

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Here’s the latest inspiring quote from mindfulness teacher, Jeff Foster.  This quote came from his Facebook page, which you can visit here, where he freely offers these gems regularly.

THE MOMENT IS NOT WRONG
There is nothing wrong.

Sadness is not wrong. Fear is not wrong. Confusion is not wrong. Our pain is not wrong.

Resisting our pain is what makes it all seem so wrong. And yet here is a deeper truth, for those who are open:

Even our resistance of pain is not wrong! If that’s what’s happening in the moment, it cannot be wrong! It is a valid expression of life, vital and alive!

Beyond ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, there is an unconditional love that even embraces our present-moment resistance. There is a Now that is vast and forgiving.

In the end, even ‘resistance’ is just another concept. Another judgement. Another way to make ourselves wrong.

“RESISTANCE BAD. ACCEPTANCE GOOD”. That’s what we learn.

But we never actually “resist” our pain (just as we never really “accept” it). We just never learned how to BE with it, that’s all. How to sit with it. Stay with it. Have a cup of tea with it. See it as a beloved friend, at home in the vastness.

Our ignorance is our innocence. Instead of ‘resistance’, let us speak of our innocence, our not knowing. Let us be gentler with ourselves. Considering what we have been through, we are doing so well.

Our pain is not wrong. It is an invitation. An ancient teaching. Universal. Free…

Inviting us to come closer…

Falling through imagined layers…

Into great mystery.

– Jeff Foster

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No truer words can be spoken here, it does not need one more word added to it – except if you love it, share it.

COMING OUT

“I am gay.

I am straight.

I am lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, transgender. I am a man, I am a woman, and everything in-between. I am a Christian, a Jew, a Hindu, a Buddhist, a Muslim, a Sikh, a humanist, a pagan, a Satanist. I am an agnostic, an atheist, a nihilist, a dualist and a non-dualist, a believer, a non-believer.

I am the space for laughter, tears, agony and ecstasy, the most ecstatic bliss and the most profound heartbreak, despair and disillusionment. I am the space for the wonderful dreams, the terrible nightmares, memories, visions and the most creative manifestations of light. All thoughts, all stories, all concepts, all sensations, all possible feelings, human and animal, vegetable and mineral, pass through me, arise out of me, and fall back into me.

I am Consciousness itself. I am what you are.

I am coming out as Love.”

– Jeff Foster

This came from Jeff Foster’s FB wall:

https://www.facebook.com/LifeWithoutACentre

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“You could probably boil all your suffering down to this:
‘I want to control this moment but I cannot!!!’”

“So much of our suffering comes down to fear of loss of control, a resistance to chaos, a desperation for a new order in the midst of a storm.”

” ‘DO NOT SEEK OUTSIDE OF YOURSELF FOR HAPPINESS’, the storm bellows. You will suffer until you realize this, and then you will suffer every time you forget it, and so suffering is a meditation bell in a storm, part of life’s ingenious invitation.”

“Suffering – when you don’t run away from it, numb yourself to it, or deny it – will always bring you face to face with the fact that what you are cannot ever be defined, divided, or destroyed.”

“Suffering is nothing more or less than resistance to the present moment, the pushing-away of its inevitable suchness, a botched attempt to control or escape the Now…”

“You don’t need to be the peaceful one, the awakened one, the strong one, the highly evolved one, the one immune to suffering. All are false limitations on your limitless nature. Simply be what you are, not ‘this’ one or ‘that’ one, but The One, the space for all of it.”

“It’s about coming alive. It’s about waking up to grace. It’s about unconditional friendliness and infinite kindness to yourself. It’s about making it safe, finally safe for all of those unloved, un-met, unseen waves of the ocean of yourself to crawl out of the depths, out of the darkness, out of the corners and holes and crevices of experience and come into the light, blinking and full of wonder.”

These quotes are all from Jeff Foster.  They were beautifully compiled (and more) by Nic Higham.  You can visit Nic here and Jeff Foster here.

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Below, I have appended today’s posting on Jeff Foster’s Facebook wall.  For more information on Jeff Foster, visit lifewithoutacentre.  It’s a relevant follow up to my last post which expressed that there really are no “bad neighborhoods”.   

“Nothing and nobody, no outer circumstance or event, no word or deed, can cause you to suffer. Suffering is always your own internal resistance to the Way Things Are Right Now, your hidden refusal to experience what you are experiencing. Suffering always originates from a NO to the Universe as it is, a NO to life in all its pain and glory.

But remember, acceptance does not mean that you have to give up on the possibility of future change. Acceptance is not passivity or disengagement from life. Not at all! True, intelligent, compassionate, creative, and often unexpected change arises from a place of absolute alignment with the Way Things Are Right Now, a profound and intimate engagement with this juicy moment as it actually is, however ‘bad’ you label it.”

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