Perfect Christmas Present

Is this the perfect christmas gift?

The woman bitches: "If these cheap K-Mart earrings are the best you can do this christmas, then you can just follow me out that fucking door!" Nope, there's another one…:

Thanksfullly, the perfect christmas present is nothing outside of us – as Roy L. Smith states:

"He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree."

 

(Roy L. Smith)

 

What is the perfect christmas present?

 

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

The Most Touching Christmas Story Ever

Heart Box ChocolateA deeply touching christmas story about a 3 year old girl and her father!

Some time ago, a man punished his 3-year-old daughter for wasting a roll of gold wrapping paper. Money was tight and he became infuriated when the child tried to decorate a box to put under the Christmas tree. Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift to her father the next morning and said, "This is for you, Daddy."
He was embarrassed by his earlier over-reaction, but his anger flared again when he found the box was empty. He yelled at her, "Don’t you know that when you give someone a present, there’s supposed to be something inside it?"

The little girl looked up at him with tears in her eyes and said, "Oh, Daddy, it is not empty. I blew kisses into the box. All for you, Daddy."

The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little girl, and he begged for her forgiveness. It is told that the man kept that gold box by his bed for years and whenever he was discouraged, he would take out an imaginary kiss and remember the love of the child who had put it there.

In a very real sense, each of us as humans have been given a gold container filled with unconditional love and kisses from our children, friends, family or God. There is no more precious possession anyone could hold.

"He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree."

 

(Roy L. Smith)

So what is Christmas really?

"Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas."

 

(Dale Evans)