I’m doing a talk this evening and making this post in preparation for anyone who wanted to ‘get some stuff’. Thank you for attending, if you did attend that is, and you’re not actually some confused wife-beater in Arizona who found the site after your cat crawled all over the keyboard.
The quote I am going to use is from Awareness by Anthony De Mello, and it goes like this:
“What does it mean to love? It means to see a person, a situation, a thing as it really is, not as you imagine it to be. And to give it the response it deserves. You can hardly be said to love what you do not even see. And what prevents us from seeing? Our conditioning. Our concepts, our categories, our prejudices, our projections, the labels that we have drawn from our cultures and our past experiences. Seeing is the most arduous thing that a human can undertake, for it calls for a disciplined, alert mind. But most people would much rather lapse into mental laziness than take the trouble to see each person, each situation, each thing in its present moment of freshness.”
I really hope you enjoy the evening, that you don’t spot the gorilla, and that you make a horrendous fool of yourself by shouting “milk” when I try to trick you. I hope I remember what I’m doing, and that I don’t get distracted by your about-to-fall-asleep faces.
If you have any feedback or questions about the talk, would be great to hear from you, just click ‘add a comment’ below!
Thank you, Will