How is it that we can have experiences of Grace and Awakening but then fall back into the places of contraction? In tonight’s talk, Michael suggests that grace and ease in life only arise when there is surrender. This shows itself as generosity and fearlessness. This is how Dogen Zenji’s comments about how “when we study the self, we forget the self, and when we forget the self we are enlightened by all things. Questions and comments deal with gratitude; coping with people who are not as conscious; participating constructively in an unenlightened work environment; and bringing the experiences of the cushion into the day-to-day reality of life.
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