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Being is what you are.
Nothing you do will make you more
or less
than that.

Whether you are a criminal
or a saint,
your state of Being is unchanged
and eternal.

Only the awareness changes.

Nothing you do in the world
will change
your state of Being.

Whether you are a good spouse,
devoutly religious,
a high achiever
or a dope fiend -
there is nothing to be done
to make you better or worse
at the level of

Building temples
does not bring about salvation
when nothing
needs to be saved.

Your state of Being is untouched
by this world.

The voice within the mind
that resists what has been said here
is the Doer.
The Doer seeks comfort
and invents stories of success,
righteousness and salvation
in order to manufacture
such a feeling.

But comfort is always temporary.
And so is pain.
Two sides of the same coin,
made of the same

And there appears to be no shortage
of things for the Doer to do
in this world.

But Being existed before
and exists after.

goes in circles.

- Eric Allen Bell


Originally posted to Eric Allen Bell on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 10:24 PM PST.

Also republished by DKos Sangha.

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    by EricAllenBell on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 10:24:01 PM PST

      •  Ah'm in teh wrong diary again (3+ / 0-)
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        aren't ai?


        •  No - you were in just the (5+ / 0-)

          right place to make me laugh. But I do have a question about that outfit....

          He who is carried away by his own importance seldom has far to walk back.

          by StateOfGrace on Sun Nov 27, 2011 at 08:30:10 AM PST

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        •  I don't get it myself (1+ / 0-)
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          I guess I'm a doer. I have found a yin yoga class I like, though.

          into the blue again, after the money's gone

          by Prof Haley on Sun Nov 27, 2011 at 11:30:01 AM PST

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          •  Whether you are aware of it or not... (1+ / 0-)
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            We all know we are "doing".

            Your state of "Being" once discovered will deepen your experience of consciousness and broaden your perspective dramatically.

            There are many roads in which to explore this.



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            by EricAllenBell on Sun Nov 27, 2011 at 11:40:41 AM PST

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          •  In yin yoga ... (3+ / 0-)

            ... once you've been practicing for a while, and you are deep into a pose, really feeling into the body, not thinking about it, in fact no thoughts at all, just deeply experiencing the body in the pose, that's when you'll start getting what Eric is writing about.  Savasana at the end of a yoga session is an excellent time to just be in the body, letting go of all thoughts and just experiencing the body fully.  But in yin yoga, since you hold the poses for a long period of time, all of the poses lend themselves to just deeply being in the body in this moment, breathing into the pose, into the body.  Just being.

            You may have noticed it before, that sometimes thoughts cease, and you are really just fully present in the experience of whatever is happening now.  Then thoughts return and you're caught up in thinking about what you're going to be eating later in the evening, or worried about something your boss said earlier in the day.  Instead of just being with the experience of what is happening now, we get caught up in a seemingly endless stream of thoughts about stuff, such that our reality isn't what's happening now, it's thoughts about what has happened or what might happen.

            So yes!  Yin yoga; savasana; being with the breath.  It's a wonderful practice.  Enjoy!

            •  Well, you don't know my body (1+ / 0-)
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              I started yin after a few years away from yoga because hatha yoga felt like a beating. This was a walk-in beginner class, and it felt that way for years. In yin, I try to remember to breathe and I try to relax, which is something that doesn't come naturally. In savasana, I sense that thoughts cease, and I experience nothing but a too-brief positive feeling of not existing - the closest I expect to get on Earth to real oblivion. It's always over far too soon, and then people get up and chat, for goodness' sake. I stagger back to my street clothes.

              Maybe that's "just being." But I have a very hard tome making sense of Eric's treating it with Initial Caps, or the assertion that "once discovered [it]will deepen your experience of consciousness and broaden your perspective dramatically." The diary itself, if it's not much ado about nothing, is beyond me.

              into the blue again, after the money's gone

              by Prof Haley on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 07:40:00 AM PST

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              •  What you've written here about your practice ... (2+ / 0-)
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                ... sounds great.  Just pay attention to that; bring your awareness to the pose, to the breathing, and pay attention to how it feels like it doesn't come naturally if that is what you are experiencing; just bring your awareness to whatever is happening.  And open your heart to that.

                Eric's piece is a very nice poetic description of Advaita, non-duality; and Advaita can be a very useful tool for liberation from the suffering that ego brings upon us.  But don't be concerned if it doesn't make sense to you now.

                Awakening into the body through a yoga practice like yours is a very good path.  And what you've written here suggests that you are discovering what this path has to offer.


  •  Being is oft bereft of awareness, perhaps (1+ / 0-)
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    because of a lack of the sense of time and the ability to complete expectation with experience. Doing involves all the senses, particularly the sense of touch, and arrives at truth when expectation is validated by experience, including the experience of making the imagined real. Creation involves doing, not just imagining.
    The unaware do not know they are unaware. The clueless do not know what they are missing. Their instinctive responses often lead them wrong.  So, they become unresponsive, near comatose, conservative, existing in the ineffable present of being. Their verbalizing signals they are alive and in need of nurture, since they are not able to do anything for themselves. They yearn for independence, but don't know how to get there. They are isolates, making virtue out of vice. The clueless.

    Jesus recognized them when he said, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do." The clueless are easily deceived, believing that to destroy is to create.

    People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

    by hannah on Sun Nov 27, 2011 at 02:36:43 AM PST

    •  Actually, to destroy IS to create (2+ / 0-)
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      Creation and destruction are the same things, but called by different names, depending on where you are standing.

      As for being and doing, they are not made of the same stuff so much, or so it would seem - but some of being is found in doing and some of doing is found in being.

      And then there is consciousness which is the ground of all of it.




      by EricAllenBell on Sun Nov 27, 2011 at 07:42:02 AM PST

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  •  Thank you, Eric! (3+ / 0-)
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    "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones."

    "Life without emotions is like an engine without fuel."

    by roseeriter on Sun Nov 27, 2011 at 02:44:17 AM PST

  •  Republished to DKos Sangha (3+ / 0-)
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