“Meditations on Eckhart Tolle” quote for today: “See if you can give more attention to an action, rather than the result that you want to achieve through it. Give your fullest attention to whatever the moment presented. This implies that you also completely accept what it, because you cannot give your full attention to something and at the same time resist it.”
It is not easy to do just this one thing without thinking about it. Everyday modern mind is like a movie with subtitles. A stream of thought constantly flows across the bottom of the mind commenting on what’s going on. Thought creates our place in our Story. Me as the main character does not exist when there is no thought, and thought exists as resistance to what’s going on. Thought creates Fake News. Thought creates the real Alternative Reality. Thought and Time are co-writers of who you think you are.
But the present moment of Now is just this action, a river of form flowing out of its head waters of emptiness. If we could just get to the head-waters of my life I would be timeless and in time at the same moment. I could think and be free from thought. Thought would flow out of me instead of me flowing in thought. The Thinker would no longer be the headwaters of Me.
This Golden Bowl metaphor means that awakening happens when you go against the collective conditioning of your mind. Our social identity is conditioned by the collective field of our culture in Russian Nesting Doll layers. We have to peel back our conditioning one layer at a time until we get down to the Source that is unconditioned.
Buddha’s Bowl flows upstream to the source.