From “From the Heart”
“One major human trait is the focus on negativity. It is interesting how that negativity – whether it be emotional, physical, mental or energetic – draws us unto itself, into the energy or circle that I call karma and into the karma of that moment. How difficult it is to find a space free from that so that we can transcend and move beyond to a space where rather than contracting into this space, which sucks the energy of our creativity and of our sense of well being, we open to a space where the opposite happens. A space where we can expand and laugh in joy, in happiness or in expansion that this is just part of life and it is not life.
This sense of expansion, this sense of amazement, this sense of newness is what I see in children. Today I was watching a few children play and it’s wonderful to see their creativity, their expansion and their sense of relaxation as the play of life unfolds. You join into the play of life, you join with the play rather than try to understand, conceptualise or try to place that experience in a category – control it is another word – and when we do this, we forget to play, we forget to enjoy ourselves in the experience. We’re having many experiences but we’re not actually having any experience because we’re far removed from the essence that registers the experience. We’re somehow separate so we’re having an experience but it is from a space that doesn’t really experience anything.
Meditation for me is bringing back this creativity, this playful aspect of what it is to be a human being into life. It’s not about a serious technique that you have to do in a certain way or do this or do that, because if you don’t do it in this way or that way, then somehow you’re missing the joy of life. As we begin this whole program of trying to limit the experience of meditation, to be either spiritual, religious or dogmatic, then we miss the creative play of meditation and that is meditation. Meditation is like that little child that I was watching play today and things happen. During play sometimes a child will fall and hurt themselves, just like happens in life.
You can create a space of creativity
and the space of creativity
where you can touch upon the dimensions that are invisible,
is most accessible in the spaces in between the in breath and the out breath.”
(excerpt from ‘From the Heart’ by Tony Samara)
About: Tony Samara:
Tony Samara, author of ‘Shaman’s Wisdom,’ ‘From the Heart,’ ‘Different Yet the Same,’ and ‘Deeper than Words’ was born in England, grew up in Egypt and also in Norway where he discovered the “Zen Buddhist philosophy”. This discovery eventually led him to the “Mount Baldy Zen Center in California, USA” where he learned the spiritual teachings of “Kyozan Joshu Sasaki.” He had curiosity to explore further the essence of spirituality and thus went to live and learn with shamanic communities around the globe including a period of time spent with some highly influential shamans in the Amazon River region and the Andes Mountains. Now people from all over the world visit Tony Samara to take spiritual guidance and experience being in his presence. http://www.tonysamara.org/
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