We all have the right to live a full and fulfilled life. We all have the possibility and the opportunity to be happy. We all have the possibility to be liberated, and to experience the ‘sure heart’s release’, which is the goal of the spiritual life, according to the Buddha. As complexed human beings, we forget and remember, we fall in and out of love, we experience difficult emotions and we also experience spiritual elevation. We have much more in us that meets the eye. How are we going to discover it?
The teachings and the practices as were given by the Buddha around 2,600 years ago open for us a window to freedom. Vipassana means insight and clear seeing. The art of Vipassana meditation is a way of life, involving qualities like mindfulness, concentration, creativity, flexibility, patience, love, persistency and many others. These, in turn, may alter our perception and our inner climate to one of friendliness, peace, or equanimity but mainly changes our habitual ways of perception and attitudes towards well being. This allow us to feel the freshness and immediacy of life, and we can find ourselves opening to the human possibility, the one which the Buddha fulfilled in his own life: an unbounded liberation of the heart and mind.
The spiritual journey
‘The spiritual journey is an endless journey from who we think we are, towards who we really are’. These are the words of Ramana Maharshi, one of the great Indian sages of the 20 century. As a teacher, I have the great privilege to meet many people and to accompany them on their journey. Some arrive on the path out of longing for something bigger and deeper, for a sanctity they feel is missing in their life, and some are pushed due to much pain and suffering.
‘A thousand gates open to the spirit’, writes Jack Kornfield. ‘Whether in the brilliance of beauty or the dark woods of confusion and sorrow, a force as sure as gravity brings us back to our heart’. Meditation, Dharma, Buddhism, Non-Duality, connection to nature, poetry or silence are some of them. Over the years I see times and again the wonder of the rays of understanding melting the armors of the heart and the powerful fortitude that brings us back home, to our heart. ‘’Enlightenment, says the Zen master, ‘is an accident. But if you are on the path it makes you accident-prone.’
I enclose an open invitation to get on the path, and to stay on it till its sweet end. As my beloved teacher Ramesh Balsekar used to say: “No-one is invited, and everyone are welcomed”.
“Teach me, oh my lord, to bless and to pray
for the secret of a dying leaf, for the glow of a ripened fruit,
for this freedom to see, to sense, to breath,
to know, to long for, to fail”… Lea Goldberg