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"Understanding is one dimensional. It is the comprehension of the intellect. It leads to knowledge, which you have.

Realization, on the other hand, is three dim ensional. It is the simultaneous comprehension of the 'whole-body'---the head, h eart, and physical instincts "Life is not suffering; it's just that you will suffer it, rather than enjoy it, until you let go of your mind's attachments and just go for the ride freely, no matter what happens "I'd better redefine some terms for you. 'Mind' is one of" those slippery terms like 'love'. The proper definition depends on your state of consciousness. Look at it this way: you have a brain that directs the body, stores information, and plays with that information. We refer to the brain's abstract processes as 'the intellect'. Nowhere have I mentioned mind. The brain and the mind are not the sa me. The brain is real; the mind isn't. " 'Mind' is an illusory outgrowth of basic cerebral processes. It is like a tumo r. It comprises all the random, uncontrolled thoughts that bubble into awareness from the subconscious. Consciousness is not mind; awareness is not mind; attent ion is not mind. Mind is an obstruction, an aggravation. It is a kind of evoluti onary mistake in the human being, a primal weakness in the human experiment. I h ave no use for the mind." compulsive attention to the mind's moods and impulses is a basic error "Silence is the warrior's art--and meditation is his sword. It is the central we apon you'll use to cut through your illusions. "Let it go!" consciousness is not in the body; rather, the body is in consciousness. And you are that consciousness; not the phantom mind which tro ubles you so. You are the body, but you are everything else too. That is what yo ur vision revealed to you. Only the mind is deluded, threatened by change. So if you will just relax mindless into the body, you'll be happy and content and fre e, sensing no separation.Immortality is already yours, but not in the way you im agine or hope for. You have been immortal since before you were born and will be long after the body dissolves. The body is consciousness; it is immortal. It on ly changes. The mind your own personal beliefs and history and identity is the o nly mortal; so who needs it?" The intensity of your attention must burn. The pleasure you gain from eating, Dan, is limited to the taste of the food and the feeling of a full belly. You must learn to enjoy the entire process--the hun ger beforehand, the careful preparation, setting an attractive table, chewing, b reathing, smelling, tasting, swallowing, and the feeling of lightness and energy after the meal. Finally, you can enjoy the full and easy elimination of the foo d after it's digested. When you pay attention to all these elements, you'll begi n to appreciate simple meals; you won't need as much food "Oh, That was to develop your will, you see, and to give your instincts a refres her course. And we can say that habit itself--any unconscious, compulsive ritual --is negative. But specific activities-smoking, drinking, taking drugs, eating s weets, or asking silly questions are bad and good; every action has its price, a nd its pleasures. Recognizing both sides, you become realistic and responsible f or your actions. And only then can you make the warrior's free choice--to do or not to do.

It s better to make a mistake with the full force of your being then to carefully a void mistakes with a trembling spirit. Responsibility means recognizing both ple asure and price, making a choice based on that recognition, and then living with that choice without concern." There are no ordinary moments Never struggle with anyone or anything, when your push the pull and when you re pul led push, find the natural force and bend with it, then you are joined with natu res power" Full attention to every moment is my desire and my pleasure. Attention costs no money; your only investment is training. That's another advantage of being a war rior, The secret of happiness you see is not found in seeking more but in developing th e capacity to enjoy less Happiness equal satisfaction over desires "Stay in the present. You can do nothing to change the past, and the future will never come exactly as you plan or hope for. There have never been past warriors , nor will there be future ones, either. The warrior is here, now. Your sorrow, your fear and anger, regret and guilt, your envy and plans and cravings live onl y in the past, or in the future." ######################## ,"It is better for you to take responsibility for your life as it is, instead of blaming others, or circumstances, for your predicament. As your eyes open, you' ll see that your state of health, happiness, and every circumstance of your life has been, in large part, arranged by you--consciously or unconsciously." Life is not suffering; it's just that you will suffer it, rather than enjoy it, until you let go of your mind's attachments and just go for the ride freely, no matter what happens." "There are two simultaneous processes: One is insight the willing of attention, the channeling of awareness to focus precisely on what you want to see. The othe r process is surrender letting go of all arising thoughts. That is real meditati on; that is how you cut free of the mind."