Every circumstance appears to have two possible presentations. In one view, what is happening is seen as perfection: requiring nothing, but enjoying being witnessed. In the second view, what is happening is seen as imperfection, requiring an observation, an opinion, an interference, and inevitably some measure of suffering. The perfect view is, well, perfect just as it is. And wouldn't you know it, the imperfect one is also perfect, just as it is. And of course, 'perfection' and 'imperfection' might best be understood as mere pointers, with no substance. As we give them too substantial a weight, they begin to imply understandings that are themselves, not the truth.
Suffering arises where a seeming contradiction appears to be seen. Being knows no contradiction. It is as it is.
In perfect, resting awareness, everything that arises is already blessed. It is always so. How would it not be?
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The invitation is to leave it alone. To let life be. To know yourself as being lived. That is what is happening here. Life is alive as you, through your breath, through your being. Don't look for it elsewhere. It does you and undoes you, over and over again. You are not the doer. Stop claiming that you are, and your relentless despair of knowing you are not, will dissolve. The belief in the doer, in the future, in something rich and magical beyond this place, is what deadens you, and crushes your heart. The belief in something greater than this has held you captive, left you for dead. And yet you fear death. The only death you will ever know is this lifeless longing. Question these beliefs, awaken from them, and live it out loud. Then you will know yourself as boundless life, as freedom, and your body will age and die fully alive, without regret, endlessly beautiful.
Analisa Domenica is a naturalist minister and mentor, in private practice as a Doula for living and dying. She offers private mentoring sessions, end-of-life preparation & transition support, bereavement, home death, funeral, and natural burial guidance, and laying-on-of-hands for comfort care and pain release. Analisa joyfully celebrates weddings and memorials, according to your faith or secular tradition. She is available to private clients, small groups, and for public education. Find out more about her by clicking here.
'Li' lives and works in Mill Spring, NC, a stone or two's throw from Asheville, NC and Greenville/Spartanburg, SC. She also works globally via phone and zoom. You may reach her by phone at 828.429.0096 or write to her by clicking here.