Paradigm Shift ~ The Removal Of Labels

imagfve005Without the label ‘fear’, what is fear? Without the word ‘sadness’, what is sadness? Without the thought ‘anger’, what is anger?

Instead of calling it ‘fear’ or ‘anger’ or ‘sadness’, drop those heavy, second-hand labels, pregnant with judgement and thousands of years of karma, and directly contact first-hand these raw, present-moment sensations in the stomach, the chest, the neck, the head.

Allow the sensations to burn, tingle, flutter, move, however intense they are.  Allow them to live, to express, to be here, just for now. Contact the miracle of life in its raw state, before the layers of words and the war of opposites.  Feel the vibrantly alive energy of what’s here, without the labeling.  Can you see that this energy is not AGAINST life – it IS life?

Perhaps your pain is not what you think it is.

Strip away the words.

 

Daily Words of the Buddha ~ September 10, 2014

sadPahūtavitto puriso
sahirañño sabhojano,
eko bhuñjati sādūni —
taṃ parābhavato mukhaṃ.

To have much wealth
and ample gold and food,
but to enjoy one’s luxuries alone —
this is a cause of one’s downfall.

Sutta Nipāta 1.102
Everyman’s Ethics: Four Discourses by the Buddha (WH 14),
translated by Narada Thera