Focusing and distraction. Macclesfield, 2004

Macclesfield, 17th and 18th July 2004
Talk by James Low
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Transcribed by Gordon Ellis
Edited by Wendy Chozom and James Low

Excerpts:
bird-watching-dandeliIt is important to stay relaxed and open with any experience. It’s as if you were in a forest
looking for a bird, you have to become very still. You can’t really look for the bird since
that would create disturbance, yet if you’re open and relaxed the bird will reveal itself
within that space of awareness.
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We need to find a way to balance the tension which always exists between excitement, creativity, expansion and new possibilities on the one hand, and comfort, reassurance, and security on the other.
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Thoughts, feelings and sensations are ceaselessly arising. They’re arising from emptiness, in emptiness, as emptiness.
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The flow of my experience is arising, and I can be both open to it and apart from it simultaneously.