From the BlogMeet Ron


Dear friends,
A prominent neuroscientist determined that an emotion, such as anger or resentment, comes together in the body, blossoms into a mental and physical experience, then dissipates in all of ninety seconds.
Some events in life can leave us feeling resentment, anxiety, fear and a host of other unpleasant mind and body states for years.
So how is it that something can irritate us, and we stay in a messy or unproductive mind space well after the original emotional irritant has long passed?
Thinking keeps the thing going.
We all seem to be addicted to those voices in our heads.
When Thich Nhat Hahn was asked some years ago what he thought of Western culture and society, without missing a beat (or so I read somewhere, I wasn’t there) he replied:
“Lost in thought.”
One of the first radical insights people report having is that they don’t have to believe their thoughts.
And that’s a very good thing.
We tend to identify with who we think we are, our personality, our job, what we think others think about us, that, sometimes can drive us a little nuts.
What we learn in mediation practice, little by little, is that by suspending the automatic identification with what those little voices are saying about us and the world, we discover we are not at all what we think we are.
We are so much more.
There is nothing bad about having a personality or an ego, if that’s where you think this is going.
You have to have one. You couldn’t survive without it. However, if you take the personality to be who you truly are, then you are distorting reality, because you are not your just personality.
The personality often conveniently covers over something vast, deep, and consummately delightful and fulfilling – our true nature, for lack of a better term.
But if you like you can always choose from other terms used by spiritual traditions from around the globe, all pointing to something deep and joyful we can tap into using various time tested methods.
When we are mired in our resentments and anxieties, we are far away from this oasis of peace, our essential nature
We are, paraphrasing Jesus, fully “of the world.”
When we dip our tired toes, if only for a moment, in the still waters of this peace within, we no longer fall for the trinkets and compelling arguments of the world of constant reactivity and judgment.
In these moments of stillness and peace, we are “in the world, but not of it.”
I will leave you this week with a well-known Zen story, which I feel shows a person who has fully discovered this true nature of abiding peace and joy, yet remains fully alive in the world.
This is told about the Japanese monk Ekaku Hakuin, who died at the age of 78 in 1768.
There was a monk named Hakuin who was well respected for his work among the people.
In the village, there lived a young woman, the daughter of the food sellers. The young woman became pregnant by her boyfriend who worked nearby in the fish market. When the parents found out about this, they were very angry and pressured her to reveal the name of the father. She wanted to protect the young man and blurted out the name of Hakuin as the father.
After the baby was born, the parents took the baby to Hakuin. They told Hakuin that he was responsible for the baby and left the infant with him. 
He responded: “Is that so?” And he simply accepted the responsibility for the child without further reaction.
The monk had no experience with babies. But he began to care for its needs, finding food, clothing, and warm shelter. The other villagers became very angry with Hakuin for his offense and his reputation was trashed. These comments did not affect Hakuin, who continued to put his effort and attention into the care of the baby.
After several years, the young woman was filled with remorse. She confessed to her parents the name of the true father.
They immediately went to see Hakuin, apologized, and took the baby back with them.
Hakuin watched as they returned to their home with the child he had cared for since birth and replied “Is that so?”
Hakuin fully realized who he was, beyond the pettiness of the world.
Can we do the same, if only for a little while?
Katina and I are here to support your meditation practice in any way we can.
Tom, Katina, Uilalani and Kupaianaha Marx
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Hope to see tonight 7/28/16 — and bring a friend!
Be safe, be well…   

Ron Richey
439 Nahua Street #2
Honolulu, Hi 96815

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