Tag Archives: Being

ISmile326 – How To Let Go

In this evening’s talk, Michael looks at the three components to truly letting go. He first begins with the aspiration for awakening. Secondly, he points to the appreciation of what we have been given in this life. Thirdly, he points to the need for there to be a resolve when it comes to practice itself. [...]

ISmile322 – Conscious Choice

“There is only choice,” as Michael has pointed out. Even not choosing is a choice. Even in spontaneous expressions of joy or pain, we choose how we will relate to the ways in which we meet these experiences. When we open to the truth that all things are temporary, our choices begin to take on a [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #18

Here’s another installment in a series of emails that took place between Michael and one of his senior students beginning in August of 2009. May you find the exchange interesting and enriching. ____ July 14, 2010 Student: Each time you point at infinity, you have to, as teacher, point to a concept which is only a “thing” [...]

ISmile239 – Not Me, Not Mine

“None of this work is about denying the ego. Rather, it’s all about going past it.”

ISmile235 – How to Meet Total Fulfillment

“Real freedom is just that: freedom from anxiety, fear and panic as well as freedom from bliss, glory and the sense of fulfillment.”

ISmile215 – Just Being

“The moment we recognize that the white hot fire of desire won’t kill us, we begin deepening a practice that can’t help but show Freedom.”

Being the Expanse

One of the biggest parts of our practice, then, is to neither indulge our feelings nor avoid them. We should just meet them with a committed openness so that we can witness them and therefore become free of our attachment to them. This doesn’t mean that we don’t feel anything. Becoming numb to our feelings [...]

Two Truths

Many teaching traditions speak of two kinds of truth: Absolute Truth, or what has been called the “Ultimate realm”; and the everyday truth, or what has been called the “circumstantial realm.” Our day-to-day lives are filled with lots of ordinary circumstances. We get up, brush our teeth, change some diapers, get the paper, shower, feed [...]