No person, no group and no teaching will awaken any of us unless we uncover what’s past the “pointing finger” so to speak. Ultimately, as Michael says, we have to do the work ourselves. When we’re ready to really trust the Universe and its flow, we’ll see that we are always given what we need to awaken.
The day of the Boston Marathon bombing, Michael points to how tragedy’s conjoined twin is heroism. As awful as horror can be, practice supports a simple but profound recognition that there is inspiration available everywhere in every moment. As vulnerable as we may feel, we are also given a chance to be strong.
Speaking effectively with those individuals who can’t, or won’t, listen is one of the most challenging human endeavors. Practicing constructive exchanges, with surrender, deep listening and clarity of intention, is the work. Michael points out, with an excerpt from HIS BOOK, that constructive connection is as simple as shifting one’s perspective inward so as to study our own sticking points. Knowing these, we can let go of them. At this surrendered point, effective communication has a chance to unfold.
Days after the Boston bombing, Michael offered this talk about how all of us have the capacity to cling and become unconscious. He also points out that we all have the ability to move past clinging so that we can truly “run again” by looking outside of ourselves and by looking inside. The look inside, at both our darkness and our heroic tendencies, he argues, allows for a “co-evolution” with all beings in an ever-expanding Universe.
What happens when we really stop? Really. Stop. This question can guide us into an openness that may fundamentally alter our lives. Imagine life without the sniff & scurry, the shake, rattle & roll. Imagine a life where we get past our tendency to chase our own tails. Breaking our addiction to movement, that so many of us have, helps us get past suffering… which is at the core of the Buddha’s teaching.
In this talk, Michael describes ways that our walk along the path can get difficult. But this difficulty can be met with our full heart and mind if we meet our challenges with care. Even when we miss the mark, or sin, as Michael points out, we are provided with a perfect opportunity for practicing surrender.