Embodied Enlightenment

Embodied Enlightenment

Embodied Enlightenment

I found these two passages and they remind us the gift of this body and this day are the keys to awakening.  Wonderful food for thought.

Enlightenment must be lived here and now through this very body or else it is not genuine… For awakening to be an opening into freedom in this very life, the body must be its ground.

Embodied enlightenment is not about special psycho-physical accomplishments, mastering the yogas of inner fire, fulfilling sexual tantras, or developing a rainbow body.  Yes, certainly Tibetan lamas can sit naked in the snow at 18,000 feet and generate sufficient heat to melt the snow in a twenty-foot circle around their bodies.  And Catholic saints have demonstrated stigmata and miraculous healing powers.  “But these powers are not the true miracle,” said the Buddha.  “Awakening to the truth is the miracle.”  Embodied enlightenment is about living wisely in your particular body, as it is, on this day, in this amazing life. ~Jack Kornfield

And one more…

It is helpful to realize that being here, sitting in meditation, doing simple everyday things like working, walking outside, talking with people, eating, using the toilet, is actually all that we need to be fully awake, fully alive, fully human.  It’s also helpful to realize that this body that we have, this very body that’s sitting here, right now in this room, this very body that perhaps aches, and this mind that we have at this very moment, are exactly what we need to be fully human, fully awake, fully alive.  Further more, the emotions we have right now, the negativity and the positivity, are what we actually need.  It is just as if we looked around to find out what would be the greatest wealth that we could possibly possess in order to lead a decent, good, completely fulfilling, energetic, inspired life, and found it all right here.  ~Pema Chödrön


Elizabeth Delaney