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“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” -Samuel Beckett   It was about 3 years ago when I started practicing mindfulness for the first time. I realized that it was a necessary practice if enlightenment is what I wanted. Because if you want to understand something, paying attention to what you want to understand would be a good place to start. So I learned what its like to have a more intimate awareness with the moment. And the tricky part with that is holding that awareness non-stop. I was really intense about it for a...

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“But he that dares not grasp the thorn should never crave the rose.” - Anne Bronte   The path to truth is a very tricky path. When dealing with the ego we can easily be deceived. There are so many things to watch out for. These are commonly known as pitfalls, sins, pāpa, “productive dualism,” dhanb, traps etc. The ultimate consequence of a pitfall is moving further away from consciousness, god, moksha, divine, basic goodness, truth, pure awareness, nonduality, enlightenment, etc. And that is why they are called pitfalls, because they hold you back from attaining enlightenment. Generally speaking, the...

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“Denial does not change reality for everyone else. Only for the one denying and those who are foolish enough to believe the fantasy.” - Elle Casey   I think that it's safe to say most human beings suffer with thoughts and emotions that they don't particularly enjoy. And for most people, they generally don't know exactly what to do, or how to deal with them. Not only humans but animals seem to suffer with thoughts and emotions as well. For instance, when I leave my house to run errands my dogs pout and whine because they don't want that to...

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"Enmeshed, entangled, you can still get out unless, poor fool, you stand in your own way." - Lucretius   Far too often do I find myself engaged in a conversation about spiritual enlightenment, and the other not knowing what this actually is. There are many common misconceptions about awakening, and this is the first way the ego keeps us from finding any sort of deep insight. These realizations you can have are extremely threatening to you. In other words its extremely threatening to the self, ego, identity, etc. The core purpose of the self is to survive at all costs....

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"Doubt is the incentive to truth and inquiry leads the way" - Hosea Ballou   Have you ever asked yourself, “who am I really?” Or better yet, “what am I really?” This kind of introspection would be called self inquiry. What are you, literally? We can only assume that there has been a handful of people from every generation asking this question. But how many of those people keep asking this question. Most people get stumped and give up. Even more don't even start because going this deep into the nature of yourself is scary. Maybe subconsciously they know that...

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