Christmas Present Appearance (By Jeff Foster)

Santa's Sleigh - Christmas (Sxc.hu)

Xmas present appearance

…Christmas arises in a great open spaciousness in which everything is allowed:
the joy, the pain, the frustration, the whole damn mess
that is this strange and beautiful thing we call life.

All things arise, stay for a while, and pass,
but what is beyond all of this is the simple and obvious presence
that is this moment, and this, and this.

Present sights, present sounds, present smells, present ideas of "me and my life",
or "me and my xmas presents".

That's it – and to think we spent a lifetime searching for something more!
Just this present appearance, which includes everything,
so that it's not really a "present appearance" at all,
for this suggests that there may be
things outside of this present appearance.

Well, that's fine… language can never touch THIS…

And I've just realised the enormous pun potential in the phrase "present appearance"!
(get it… Xmas present appearance…!)

Anyway……Merry Xmas!!!


Jeff Foster

Jeff Foster studied Astrophysics at Cambridge University. After a long period of depression and illness, Jeff began a journey of seeking enlightenment to relieve his suffering; he started an intensive spiritual quest for spiritual liberation.

When he finally discovered the non-dual nature of everything his frantic search came to an end. In the clarity of his discovery, life turned into what it always was: an open, loving, spontaneous and intimate eternity in the here and now.

He believes that the truth – that which is present and alive – is absolutely free and cannot be captured by any religion, ideology, philosophy, belief system or person. Jeff presently conducts meetings and retreats in the UK and around the world as well as one-to-one sessions.

Find more of Jeff Foster's texts and videos about the subject of advaita (non-duality) on his website, including essays, talk transcripts, books, CDs and DVDs, audio and video: Lifewithoutacentre.com

Mind Thinks In Eternity (By Kip Mazuy)

Blue pond seerosen (ultrafeel.tv)

The mind thinks in eternity

So if you are feeling sad,
you feel you will forever
feel sadness.
It feels as though
there is no end to the sadness.

And so you fight it
and struggle to break
free from it
rather than experience it.

Same with being present.

It can feel frightening
to give up the mind
and simply be present.

It can feel as though you are giving
up everything forever.

But there is no eternity.
There is only this moment.

This very moment is an opportunity
to be present.

Just for this second,
can you be present.

Just for this second,
can you allow yourself to
experience what is here.

To simply breathe
and feel
and watch.

Because in just
one second of being present,
you are transformed.

It only takes this one second
to find peace.

What happens beyond
that is just an illusion
in your mind…

(Kip Mazuy)


Kip Mazuy (from Bliss-music.com)Kip Mazuy is the founder of Bliss Music. He creates audio meditation programs and music that help people attaining blissful states of consciousness and support deep states of peace in meditation.
More of Kip's beautiful poems on his site: Bliss-music.com

(Photo: 'Blue Water Lilies Pond' by h.r.fox @ ultrafeel.tv)