This is an email I share with everyone that completes an Awareful course… I just wanted to share it with everyone.
A wonderful evening to you all,
As we finish our course together, I always reflect back on the course, what was covered, what wasn’t, a real wish that all of you achieve realisation of just how amazing you are; That this practise can open a door to happiness that I truly hope you all find and from the sounds of it, it already has begun to show you the light under the door.
(If you are not looking for a bit of a deeper message this evening it may be best to end here) : )
Whilst mindfulness and meditation is probably the most amazing tool I have ever found, for thousands of years humans, just like us, have used it to deepen their understanding of self, the operation of mind, bringing wisdom to every moment and the development of compassion for the benefit of all beings. This compassion has to start with you…
As I have said (a few times probably), even if continued meditation practise is not for you, never stop being gentle with yourself, we are not here to make life difficult, to suffer any more than is necessary, this is a lesson I have learnt over and over again until reaching the realisation several years ago. We have for far too long taken life as a battle, when in fact gentle openness works so much more efficiently.
Science has proven, amazingly through studying meditators as well as other things, that in fact the mind can change, that it can develop a different view of the way you experience everything that is around you. That anxiety, depression and stress is not permanent. Neuroplasticity has proven we can teach an old dog new tricks. We don’t have to battle any more. Life can become calmer, simpler and more beautiful, purely by becoming aware. There is no secret elixir that is outside of you. Purely by shining the light of mindfulness or awareness at the way you are you slowly burn away the fear that these states of mind cause.
There was a wonderful quote given by Master Oogway;
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift and this is why we call it the present.”
We must take a gentle awareness of life, no dragging the past with us, no longer fearing or comparing the amazing beautiful unique and incredible being that you are right now.
Keep inquisitive, listen to the heart, realise that anger, hurt, sadness, joy & love are all part of the human experience. All of which is to be rejoiced within.
Today is a gift, being able to experience life from awareness itself is one of the most amazing gifts that can be given.
Have a wonderful day, weekend, week, month till we see each other next.
And even if today was the last time that we sit together, I wish you all happiness, health, contentment, to be free from suffering and to enjoy the rest of your life to its fullest (and hopefully achieve realisation so you can come and teach me).
With kindness, compassion and so much gratitude