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A weekly presentation on the spiritual journey and awakening to our true nature by Don Oakley, Founder of Well Being Retreat Center in Tazewell, Tennessee.

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A weekly presentation on the spiritual journey and awakening to our true nature by Don Oakley, Founder of Well Being Retreat Center in Tazewell, Tennessee.

    Over=Thinking and Other Mental Detours

    Over=Thinking and Other Mental Detours

    Spirituality is simple. Not easy, but simple. It is difficult because the human mind is fascinated by and addicted to complexity. The thinking mind can be a helpful ally if used correctly, but it is essential to know when it is useful and when it is counter-productive. And it is easy to become confused when over-thinking something that couldn’t be simpler: be what you already are but be that knowingly.

    • 26 min
    The Illusion of Time

    The Illusion of Time

    We remember the past - parts of it at least - and we anticipate the future, but both have the curious characteristic of not happening since it is always now. The scenery is always changing, but it is always happening here and now. Time is a concept, but we generally live life as if we are on a one way progression from a non-existent past to a non-existent future.

    • 19 min
    Mind Tantrums and How to Deal with Them

    Mind Tantrums and How to Deal with Them

    The thinking mind likes its authoritative position. We have learned to defer to it to tell us about ourselves, others, and the world at large. We have learned to trust what it tells us; we may not always like it, but we tend to believe it. So, when we step back into awareness to watch the thought stream, the thinking mind doesn’t like it. At all. It will react defensively. Common tactics are boredom, restlessness, sleepiness, doubt, argumentativeness, and fear. It is useful not to be taken in by such tactics and even more useful to know how to work with them.

    • 16 min
    What Does No-Self really Mean?

    What Does No-Self really Mean?

    The concept of “no-self” in Buddhism can sound scary, nonsensical, or just plain weird, but it is one of the three pillars of Buddhist thought. The other two are much more readily understood: the impermanence of living things and the sense of unsatisfactoriness. But no-self? It sounds dangerous to even ponder. What makes it sound dangerous is the belief that we would be giving up everything that we take ourselves to be. But this raises the question about what we believe ourselves to be. We discover that what we give up is a fiction and what is gained is without limit. The only caveat: it’s not personal.

    • 28 min
    Heaven and Earth

    Heaven and Earth

    Don speaks about the metaphorical importance and similarities of silence, space and awareness.

    • 24 min
    Embodimentt

    Embodimentt

    Recognizing your true nature (aka awakening) is immensely liberating. But it is not the end of the journey. We may be awake to the timeless nature of our essential beingness but, paradoxically, it may take some time to learn to live from that realization. Embodiment is the process by which the thoroughly conditioned body/mind learns to live from the unconditioned vastness of our true nature. It is a process of increasing subtlety and wonder.

    • 31 min

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