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deer consciousness

Velvet_Buck_1The buck with four-point velvet antlers paused to peer in the window. His limpid eyes met mine; I met myself in his gaze.

Pure awaring.

For long moments, union.

Then, cautious and watchful, ever aware of his surroundings, he moved on.

© Amrita Skye Blaine, 2014
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pain and blessings

water dropsI’m filled with gratefulness: that I am alive and can feel, even if it’s the sensation of pain, for my sweet partner who cares for me, my son who calls to say he loves me, a dentist who responds on the weekend, antibiotics, medication to reduce the pain, and a soft bed to lie down.

And the luscious rain that fell on our parched land today.

So many blessings.

© Amrita Skye Blaine, 2014
photo credit: the beautiful Barnstorming blog

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patterns, again

I write therefore I rewriteFor months, I’ve been wrestling with wanting more dedicated time for writing. Awaken earlier by alarm, which is not the native inclination of this body? Take a break mid-day to try and concentrate amid bustle? Write in the early evening, forsaking precious time with my sweetheart?

I took a clear look at my daily patterns and noticed that we go to bed around ten, but I rarely sleep between ten and twelve. I lie awake wondering why sleep doesn’t come. I watch the mind-train and listen to B’s peaceful breathing.

I chuckled. Why not use the time to write?

We turn down the heat to fifty-eight at bedtime, so I layered into warm pajamas, my new Christmas bathrobe, socks and slippers, and trundled into my office. It’s a quiet room with a door—very important—at the back of the house. Even the inquisitive squirrel who uses the fence outside the window as a highway can’t distract me at this time of night. She’s probably asleep in her nest. Best of all, no phone interruptions.

I had skimmed over what was right-in-front-of-me-obvious to fuss about missing sleep and not finding time for wordplay. Once again, I had been resisting the natural unfolding of life.

These patterns are so deeply ingrained; we have practiced them for decades. But when a chunk of resistance falls away, ease fills that spot like an old friend returning home.

© Amrita Skye Blaine, 2014
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start right here

laughing horse and girlStart right here, fresh. As often as you can. This moment is unique, unrepeatable, and gone in a flash. Enjoy it now! We could be dead tomorrow.

Your mind will grab you away–I guarantee it; that’s the mind’s nature. Not to worry. Each time you notice, simply come back here where life actually happens.

The texture of the steering wheel while driving, the pressure of my foot on the pedals. When I’m swinging, the breeze whishing from the back of my head past my ears to the front when I swing backward; the air kissing my face and my ears as I swing backward. I surely do not want to miss those sensations.

Anything in the imagined future can wait. All that happened in the past is gone. This precious moment–quiet house, computer hum, after midnight, ears ringing, keyboard clicking, eyelids heavy.

© Amrita Skye Blaine, 2013
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effort and effortlessness, take three

Maggie and me restingThis is a time–purchasing and remodeling a home–that would seem to require a lot of effort. Certainly there are lists to write and check off, there are many details to keep track of, and apparent decisions to be made. Not to mention eventually packing…

But I’ve been discovering if I remain here, right now, there is only one task to attend at a time. The mind wants to whine about the hundreds of tasks to follow, but that’s its job; I don’t have to listen. All that is required is that I attend now. And now.

I’m perfectly capable of falling into effort and overwhelm. But lately–as soon as I notice the strain–I remember that effort and overwhelm are not required. They are layered over the simplicity of the moment. One clean breath, and I’m back here.

© Amrita Skye Blaine, 2013

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touchstone

touchstone 1A touchstone is something that reminds me that I’m always home. It might be the particular shape of a rock, blossom’s scent, feeling-response, my husband’s touch, a chance comment, or an animal’s glance–and a recognition spontaneously opens.

Each touchstone–always an unexpected gift–brings a flush of gratitude, and often I find my hand makes its way to my heart. Apparent time and space fall away.

Grace!

© Amrita Skye Blaine, 2013
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unbridled joy

chalk art streamI’m staying at Mercy Center, a Catholic retreat in Burlingame, California. They are very ecumenical and host all kinds of groups. I just sat for three hours in a spacious room filled with like-hearted apparent others.

Rupert, in his own pristine and precise style, led us directly into the heart of direct experience.

We dissected the direct experience of thoughts, objects, time, and space to discover at the root only knowing–which has no objective qualities–and is hence both undeniable and unfindable.

I am filled with unbridled joy that I get to rest in this field of love, with radiance shining everywhere.

© Amrita Skye Blaine, 2013
photo credit: chalk art–drawn on a FLAT SURFACE. That’s how real illusion can seem.

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