Asheville Sangha

Asheville Spirituality, Satsang, Meditation

January 2011 Blog Posts (13)

TESTED BY THE TEACHING OF CIRCUMSTANCE

© 2011 Howard McQueen

 

For so many years

 in a self-imposed isolation

 I’ve been going it alone

 

I’ve tried staying stoned

 spent many years as a work-a-haulic

 stressed and regressed

 in my self-centeredness.

 

And then, my hyperbolic journey as a comet

 is captured in the gravity of the father sun.

What is left of me plummets towards home.

 

Surprisingly, the booster fuel of…

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Added by Howard McQueen on January 31, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

INTERBEING: COLLECTIVELY ENTERING BEING

© 2011 Howard McQueen

 

Much emphasis is place on personal self-enlightenment.

OK.

Fine.

 

So why is it Thich Nhat Hanh

and the Dalai Lama

believe that Embodied Wisdom

will coalesce,

will manifest

within and across Community?

(and not, this time around, as a singular enlightened Buddha)

 

Give me your hand

 and I’ll give you mine.

Lean into me

 as I lean into…

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Added by Howard McQueen on January 31, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

ENCOURAGING AUTHENTIC EXPRESSION

(c) 2011 Howard McQueen

 

When we make the investment to be fully in the service of relationship,

 be it friendships/stewardships with fellow humans,

 be it friendships/stewardships with animal companions,

 be it connections/stewardships with nature

And,

 the nature of the relationship is a balance of giving and receiving,

we actualize our capacity for connectedness.

 

When we honor this connectedness,

 by being…

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Added by Howard McQueen on January 31, 2011 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

FRICTION & TRACTION MAKE FOR COHESIVE LIVING

(C) 2011 Howard McQueen

 

Friction in life is essential.

Stressing over one's various forms of friction brings suffering.

How we are in relationship with friction, i.e.

how we interpret friction places us in an adversarial or ally relationship with friction.

Do we use friction to navigate our experiences?

Do we use friction as an aid to centering ourselves inwardly?

Are we dedicated to uncovering the peace and harmony carried within…

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Added by Howard McQueen on January 30, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

GAMING THE SYSTEM

Version 2.0

© 2011 Howard McQueen



Many of us

 are seeming blessed with:



  intelligence

  good looks

  the gifts to gab and entertain

  parents and/or elders who invested in their dream for us

  a skin color and features well-suited to mark the check-box “white”

  born to live in the plentitude of the US of A



Many of us

 with a modicum of effort and struggle:



  navigated into the safe harbor of a rewarding career…

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Added by Howard McQueen on January 24, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

A Chrysalis Built by Two (and more ...)

Version 2.0

(C) 2011 Howard McQueen

 

As we learn to contain our experiences with this world

 we also learn to harness the abundant life force

 and direct this force through us,

 into the service of our evolution.

 

When we acknowledge that living with others

 brings certain frictions,

 threatens boundaries,

 pushes buttons,

 we release ourselves from the role of servants,

 in service to the surface…

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Added by Howard McQueen on January 20, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

THE ANIMATION OF FORM

Version 1.1

(C) 2011 Howard McQueen

 

When we grasp for things, we sometimes clinch,

 and pull ourselves off center.

 

When we shrink and hide, we become adrift,

 out-of-touch with our center.

 

When we realize we are over-indulging

 the ten thousand arising thought forms,

 we realize we've been robbing ourselves of our presence.

 

When we hold ourselves in contempt,

 through repetitious…

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Added by Howard McQueen on January 18, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

UNKNOWABLE INTUITION

Excerpts from Douglas E. Harding's book "Open to the Source".  Mr. Harding founded the "Headless Way" as a way, using direct experience, to connect to source. 

 

My comments are not bracketed, while Mr. Hardings are within brackets [ ] 

 

The personal ego can be so full of need to do, so anxious, so churning [Yet, what's needed is coming up form the depths just when it should.  In Heaven you discover the quiet upsurge from the Abyss.]

 

[If we wish…

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Added by Howard McQueen on January 17, 2011 at 9:06am — No Comments

PARASITE OR PARADOX, YOU CHOOSE

Version 1.1

(c) 2011 Howard McQueen

 

Deep within,

our demons snack upon our essence.

They are the quantum parasites taken up residence within our being.

This breath of essence we refer to as I

has the challenge to remain present and fully consciousness,

or trip off and vacate our body, loosing our awareness in the quantum distortion.

Welcome to the home of the Parasite.

It has the nickname - Fear.

It's reactor and…

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Added by Howard McQueen on January 16, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

CULTIVATING THE IMPROMPTU

© 2011 Howard McQueen



Slow down,

look around,

take the time to feel the rhythms of others

AND turn inside to begin establishing a center,

a source

an inlet

where what is outside

starts as an impulse, a current

flowing through whatever might be what is you.



Remember to rest within, with a steadfastness of patience.

This will allow circumstances to unfold,

instead of you rushing ahead or trying to pre-empt the unknown.

There is a… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on January 14, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

WHAT THE "i" MOST NEEDS TO SAY

Version 2.5

(C) 2010 Howard McQueen

 

Within this Wholeness that has been breathed outward,

there are a whole host of characters wanting expression.



There is you and there is me.

And, even when there is only the "me",

there is an "i" and an "I".



We are bound to become entangled and confused

in the perplexity of all these relationships

and the sheer need for expressiveness. 



I am remembering a golden rule:

In my…

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Added by Howard McQueen on January 9, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

DEEP LISTENING

(C) 2011 Howard McQueen



When we bring all our awareness to bear,

when we set all expectations aside

and just inquire,

we open ourselves to deep listening.



Deep listening penetrates the myriad surface noises,

piercing through all the echoes and ghost signals bound to fear and anxiety.



Deep listening is non-linear.

It does not rest at the rational plateau to try to fix or solve problems.

Deep listening connects us to where we have… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on January 5, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

HIGH FIDELITY HEART-FELT INTENT

© 2011 Howard McQueen



What feelings and intent will we fill our world with?

These are matters for the heart to help us feel,

so we may then direct our healing.



We are awakening to a constant choosing:

to live in and broadcast our heart-felt presence,

to honor, share and acknowledge this presence with all living things.

As we do this, we create a high fidelity heart-felt experience.

By consciously connecting and activating our own…

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Added by Howard McQueen on January 3, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

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