A Taste of the Unencumbered

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“Real friendship or love is not manufactured or achieved by an act of will or intention. Friendship is always an act of recognition.”  ~  John O’Donohue

“But please don’t worry that I’m getting ready to preach to you about compassion or other-directedness or the so-called “virtues.” This is not a matter of virtue — it’s a matter of my choosing to do the work of somehow altering or getting free of my natural, hard-wired default-setting, which is to be deeply and literally self-centered, and to see and interpret everything through this lens of self.”  ~  David Foster Wallace

Amid swirling thoughts of a second pot of coffee I admit that focus might not be needed after all, for the time being. There are no absolute compulsories today, beyond yet more intentional rest. Yesterday’s intentional rest was indeed effective. There’s still a long way to go. Or not. Whatever. So, yeh, more rest. Perhaps the most productive part the beginnings of what will become adequate rest is that the strictures of my personal default-setting lost a little of their grip. The David Foster Wallace quote above says it all. It’s becomes a matter of practicality. You get a glimpse, a taste of the unencumbered Self and you pretty much have to do something about it. At least I did. As a result I sat still a lot yesterday. The amount of effort required in doing so should not have come as a surprise. Beyond the needs for entertainment and fulfillment I found that old chestnut of just letting go. Letting go. Spiritual non-attachment? I don’t know where I was going with this, if I was indeed going anywhere at all. Can’t say that I was. Hmmmm. The thing that nibbles around my ankles here is that I find that it don’t help none too much if you make a big deal out of spiritual practice. My intentional rest was a matter of practicality. By Monday evening, after four consecutive work days, I was wracked with pain and saturated with moans, and Tuesday was the first of three in a row off. The timing was perfect. I put the time to good use by simply letting it pass unimpeded. Use time by not using it. Maybe some more of that is in order for today.

Peace out, y’all. Goof gloriously.


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