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Lions Roar : March 2015
go on practicing and cultivating the continual practice of awareness. What you work on is checking your basic awareness, cultivating that jerk of awareness. You don’t have to have complete com- prehension of what awareness is all about in order to experience a glimpse of awareness. It may feel like a very primitive glimpse, but that’s why it’s workable in some sense. In fact, recollection is almost a memory of bewilder- ment, which brings a jerk of awareness and puts you back to square one each time it hap- pens. You don’t work on awareness like col- lecting a paycheck and putting the money in the bank. Rather, you have the awareness, and then you disown it. If one is open to these glimpses and to the possibility that they might recur, they come much more frequently. The effort of the disci- pline here is not so much direct or deliberate effort but rather that you are accommodating possibilities of recollection. This effort doesn’t save you from the chaos of a given day. It is a much more long-term approach. The recollection of awareness throughout our lives is the preparation for beginning to help others. Initially we are purely working on ourselves in order to develop mindfulness and awareness. When you have developed some stability within yourself, there are possibilities of working with other people and dealing with many situations. Our ability to help other people is largely based on our ability to sabo- tage the self-centered background of our own lives, through the development of mindful- ness and awareness. When our orientation is less self-centered, wisdom and skillful means, or skillful action, will begin to appear. You might think that terms such as wisdom or skillful means sound either very advanced or quite abstract, but they are completely present, immediate possibilities, not something that might happen to you one day in the future. Wisdom and skillful action are possible even at this point. It’s not truth as a myth of the future, but the truth of the living situation. ♦ From Mindfulness in Action: Making Friends with Your- self through Meditation and Everyday Awareness, by Chögyam Trungpa. Compiled and edited by Carolyn Rose Gimian. Available from Shambhala Publications in April. SKATEBOARDARTWORK:SARASANDOVAL/WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/USER/SIMPLYSARAART