Talk 15: It is Way Easier Than You Think

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Season 2 is Back with a Point that Cuts Straight at one of the Biggest Obstacles stopping us from getting what we want in meditation. It is a belief, a thought lodged in the mind, and if we just get past it a whole new world opens up for us, whether what we want is better focus, to be more productive, to be more present for our relationships or a spiritual goal, like enlightenment– it is the same thought blocking us. And unblocking it is one of the main purposes of the ISBM podcast, so it’s a fitting talk for the start of Season 2.

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  • Marie Moss

    So great to see that you are back.

    • http://ishouldbemeditating.com AlanKlima

      Hi Marie!
      It’s been a while… I hope all is well and looking forward to hearing from you again as we go along!

  • Rossio Motta

    Happy that you are back!

    • http://ishouldbemeditating.com AlanKlima

      Hi Rossio!

  • Kelly Knight

    I’m glad I found you!! I see you’re on season 2 so I’m a little behind, but I loved listening to your message.

    • http://ishouldbemeditating.com AlanKlima

      Hi Kelly– you can pick up anywhere it doesn’t matter! But there is some good stuff for you probably, back in time. Thanks!

  • Ellie Moloney

    As a beginner in Meditation, I’m also fascinated by the dedication of some people, but have to admit it has the exact effect you mentioned, even though inspiring, makes me feel unworthy. Listening to your podcast readjusted my thinking and made me realize we have to be kind and patient with ourselves.

    • http://ishouldbemeditating.com AlanKlima

      That’s great that it was clear for you! Being kind and patient, that opens us up to seeing something powerful– that what we are looking for is already here.

  • http://www.shedforbread.com/ Amy Peterson

    I just liked your Facebook page. Will look forward to hearing more. I observed myself for a week after Eckhart Tolle’s book “A New Earth” and actually awakened (became enlightened). It was easy and quick. I stayed as my true “self” for a good six months or so and it was drastically different than being a normal human. BUT, even once you awaken, you experience subconscious bubbles that come up in us that could, if you don’t remain in a heightened state of awareness when this occurs, bring you back to your human-ness. This happened to me and it’s even more painful than never having experienced it because I have the comparison. I’ve tried many years to wake up again to no avail, but have had glimpses. But, as Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj says, “Don’t give up trying and… don’t be so lazy as to think!” I live by this and am resigned to just observe as much as possible and have given up the goal altogether and surrendered to embrace me just as I am now.

    • http://ishouldbemeditating.com AlanKlima

      Hi Amy,
      For everyone it is a bit different but there is a general pattern where we have to go through the eventual return of deep seated tendencies, and also by waking up we are also opening the door to new challenges like how to deal with the (apparent) loss of the awakened state. It will probably be a while before the podcast gets around to dealing with this directly, but we will have an opportunity in the near future to interact more and these kinds of topics can then be broached in conversation. In the meantime and in general, it can be said that what you report is actually a good thing because it forces you to get clearer about something that might have been missed the first time around. You are on the right track when you realize that you can’t do it, and it may be okay to have a sense of giving up altogether, but not the kind of personal quitting. What we can get clear about here is not giving up because its impossible, but because it is not the do-er and it is not you that has to do it. You can’t get back to being what you really are. You already are that and you are that now. You are on the edge of a good thing so keep up heart. In the meantime, probably it would be a good idea to look up “Mooji” on youtube or go to http://mooji.tv and listen patiently for a long time. If you’ve already done that, do it more. See you !

  • Mmagician

    Really good to hear from you again, Alan! I found this talk very pertinent to me. I first got into meditation through a particular organisation where I live. They offer group meditation on a Sunday morning.

    Because I live quite a chaotic life (which you also alluded to), I often plan to attend the Sunday session and then fail to get up in time. I need to remind myself that I am good enough to meditate if I don’t get the sense of validation from being part of a group meditation