Mark Tucker : Journal

Driving with Tara Brach (again)

Posted in Buddhism, Meditation, Personal by marktucker on November 4, 2012

I went to Kentucky today, to check on my mother. I got her in the car, and got her to Walgreens to get a Flu Shot. Also got her leaves raked out to the street.

The drive is almost exactly one hour, which ironically, is the length of an average Tara Brach podcast. I listened to a good one today on the way up, and it hung with me, so i repeated it again on the way home. It usually takes me twice, for it to really sink in and hit home. This one is dated September 12th, 2012, and titled “The Freedom of Yes”.

Several highlights from this podcast:

#1: “I’m going to ask you to pick times when you go past your toleration point, and we’re going to examine some. The content of the mind is usually judgement or blame, and the mind is panicking. There’s a rigidity; we can no longer plan on how to respond best to move things toward healing. We’re in really old conditioning.”

#2: “In any moment when we’re focusing our attention on ‘You’re wrong; you should be different’, we’re arguing with Reality. In those moments we are not able to access our resourcefulness. Deep empowerment, deep access to your wisdom — not possible if you’re blaming the other person.”

#3: Poem by Kaveri Patel:

“There’s a monkey in my mind swinging on a trapeze,
reaching back to the past or leaning into the future,
never standing still.

Sometimes I want to kill that monkey, shoot it square
between the eyes so I won’t have to think anymore
or feel the pain of worry.

But today I thanked her and she jumped down
straight into my lap, trapeze still swinging
as we sat still.”

#4: “People don’t want to be bad. They don’t want to be hurtful, deep down. Everybody’s got their leg in a trap if they’re causing Suffering. If you’re struggling with food addiction, or your own anger, or your own insecurity with other people, it’s not your fault — it’s genetics, or early history. It doesn’t mean you can’t find a way to wake up from it, it just means that up until this moment, the causes and conditions are in action”.

#5: Poem by Danna Faulds, “White Dove”:

In the shared quiet, an invitation arises like a
white dove lifting from a limb and taking flight.

Come and live in truth. Take your place in the
flow of grace. Draw aside the veil you thought
would always separate your heart from love.

All you ever longed for is before you in this moment
if you dare to draw in a breath and whisper “Yes.”

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  1. Anonymous said, on November 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    The Diana faulds poem is beautiful. A prayer.


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