Taking the Red Pill

It is easy to be swept away by some overwhelming feeling, so it’s helpful to remember that any stressful feeling is like a compassionate alarm clock that says, “You’re caught in the dream”
~ Byron Katie from Loving What Is

I like the way Byron put that.  For me it’s another way of saying “This is a reason I sit, this is one reason I meditate”.
To wake up.
To wake up in a posture of compassion.
To remain mindful of what’s going on within me and therefore better equipped to be mindful of what’s going on around me.

Waking up means taking the necessary time to examine myself (especially the parts I don’t want to examine) Byron points to this when he calls  them “stressful” and “overwhelming” feelings.
Waking up means taking the time to deepen compassion for yourself and towards the world around you.
Waking up means then letting go of all of that and just “Being”.
(it’s a developmental process – and so I sit – not as regularly as I’d like, but oh when I do  – that compassionate nature which exists in all of us, begins to strengthen and deepen)

It’s important to point out that I am not a Buddhist – although many of my quotes are Zen in nature. 
I am attracted to spiritual concepts – to be more specific – Spiritual Concepts that have a Grounding – Not just arbitrary new age-y, woo woo, positive thinking that throws around a bunch of Love and Fear quotes (although most of those ideas have scratched the surface of Truth – it’s just that there’s no depth there for me, and I’ve seen too many people spin out of control or transcend till they come crashing down to earth or act like zombies who deny anything or any feeling that is “unpleasant” )

Buddhism is more like a philosophy for me that requires a bit of action, a bit of discipline – while also touching on the concepts of psychotherapy and being one path up the mountain of spirit (carved solidly into the mountainside for sure footing) 

It means sitting with something rather than letting the something move me into an unconscious action.
It means, Waking Up and Getting My Ass out of Bed – so to speak.
It is why I am attracted to the Tao, the Writings of Ken Wilber, Sri Aurabindo, Joseph Campbell and even Hollywood films like Star Wars and the Matrix (with many writings  and movies in-between).

Sometimes I wake up slowly and stretch.
Sometimes I wake up,  jump outta bed and have a relieving piss
Sometimes I wake up and really examine my dream
And other times I am half asleep  as I get up and go about my day – in need of becoming fully awake.



3 Responses to “Taking the Red Pill”

  1. April 26, 2009 at 4:31 am

    I went through one of those “stressful moments” about a week ago – really, I got totally delusional for a bit of time. Fortunately, I was able to remind myself, “Don’t trust your mind” over and over until the delusion weakened. For me, that was the action of Buddhism – “don’t trust your mind” made manifest in a way that helped me awaken from the dream.

    Thanks for this nice post!

  2. 2 johnherberger
    April 26, 2009 at 7:30 am

    Thanks Barry, there must have been someting in the air last week. I could not sleep one night as I replayed and gave into a stressful moment, running after the thought until it consumed me – then feeling trapped by it. I tried to ignore it, hoping it would disappear (finally turning on the tv hoping to distract myself – which of course didn’t work). I eventually turned to examine it (without all that fear and anxiety consuming me, but with a simple reminder “oh, there I am being fearful and anxious”). I was awake to what was going on within me, a self soothing posture of compassion directed inward. Once I softened, I was able to actually get a good night’s sleep (well, what was left of the night anyway, I had worked myself up to a place where there were only 5 hours left before needing to get up for work)
    I was very tired the next day – but it was physical not emotional (and that is much easier to contend with)

  3. 3 Sara
    April 27, 2009 at 3:33 am

    “It means sitting with something rather than letting the something move me into an unconscious action.”

    It amazes me, John, that each time you post you manage to say something that just strikes my core. It completely correlates to where I am at my life in that moment. I have to agree that there was something in the air last week. I had to keep reminding myself of the thought above to keep myself from making knee jerk decisions. Thank you for your wonderful words!! 🙂

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