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Mark Foote

Post title:  asleep/awake, from Tao Bums

(Oct 4 2010 at 02:08 PM)

 

 

The asleep/awake thing I still believe is the placement of consciousness by the two autonomous respirations. Sense organ/sense object-consciousness-impact-feeling is the placement of consciousness by the two autonomic respirations, with perhaps different emphasis of sense waking or sleeping, and the in-between hours are the traditional times of practice. If I can follow the movement of awareness and relax, I can fall asleep; if I can follow the movement of awareness and relax, I can wake up. The mind is a sense, yet having a thought-stream is like having a dream; we recognize waking up when the thought-stream or the dream is over, even if we are still in our mind or physically asleep.

My hope is that the more I recognize the stretch I am in as consciousness occurs, and the more I can accept the feeling associated with that stretch and relax into the activity, the more readily I wake up and fall asleep. There's a funny goal, isn't it?

The discontiguous moment of feeling is the continuity, in a very real sense; goals can obscure the discontiguous moment of feeling, yet the experience of well-being may sometimes return to us through luke-warm placemarks of understanding and feeling. Doesn't it seem so?



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