Attuning to effortless wakefulness
It is a dizzying paradox to recognize that any effort to liberate ourself is as necessary as it is futile. Without exerting the effort to awaken, habits of emotional reactivity and complacency remain uncontested and life passes dominated by hope, fear and distraction. Exerting the effort to calm our twitchy minds, clear our blocked channels, and awaken from the self trance that it’s all about me, we wisely choose to walk a path of deepening presence. But in order to fully realize the luminous presence to which the Buddha awakened, at some point – neither too soon nor too late – it becomes necessary to release on spiritual projects that seek a realization sometime in the future. In simply being wakefully present, without becoming distracted or trying to improve our experience, we find ourselves at ease in the effortless wakefulness and natural ease and freedom of being.
Contemplative practices of inner attunement, guided inquiry, and group conversations will intertwine in allowing the natural resilience of being-as-such to ripen throughout the day.