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|Quotes of the Month
* Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. Helen Keller
*It must be obvious... that there is a contradiction in wanting to be perfectly secure in a universe whose very nature is momentariness and fluidity. Alan Watts
*For the greater part of human, activity is designed to make permanent those experiences and joys which are only lovable because they are changing. Alan Watts
*Live passionately, even if it kills you, because something is going to kill you anyway. Webb Chiles
* Zen is not concerned with your childish state of mind. It has no desire to nourish it any more. Its concern is maturity; it wants you to become mature, it wants you to become ripe.
It leaves you totally in insecurity. It gives you no security, no guarantee. It gives you all kinds of insecurities to move into.
It is a quantum leap into insecurity, a quantum leap into the unknown, because only with that encounter will you become mature. And maturity is freedom, maturity is liberation. Osho
* Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one. Benjamin Franklin
* Security is the chief enemy of mortals. William Shakespeare
* Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security. John Allen Paulos
* There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity. Douglas MacArthur
* The opposite of security is insecurity, and the only way to overcome insecurity is to take risks. Theodore Forstmann
* And then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.... Anais Nin
* People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar. Thich Nhat Hanh
Workshops & Classes Coming Up!
*June 4th How to Deal With the Overthinking Mind!
We are filled with continuous chatter, which is just us unconsciously talking to ourselves! Instead of fighting the mind, learn techniques and meditations that help you experience relaxation and stillness - where the mind stops and real happiness descends! The instructors have meditated for over thirty years, living and teaching in India, Japan, Europe, and America. Bring a bag lunch; wear comfortable clothing. Held indoors/outdoor weather permitting. 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM at the World of Meditation Center. Class #: 7004. Fee: $49.00. To register, call NSCC at 206-527-3705.
The Kundalini, Food, Love and Dance Celebration!
Saturday, June 11 · 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Brought to you by
The World of Meditation Center
Two Dog Yoga Studio
12549 28th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98125
Ready for an evening of connecting with yourself AND with
other wonderful people?
Ready to connect with both the inner stillness AND outer celebration?
Then this is the Event for You!
Come taste meditation, delicious food and nourishing friendships!
Arrive by 5:00pm...
*Osho Kundalini Active Meditation - starts PROMPTLY at 5:15pm
(door is closed after that);
*Dinner at the Chang Thai Restaurant, 12506 Lake City Way NE, Seattle at 6:30pm (each person pays for their own dinner);
*The Love Social Interactive Meditation, created by Veeresh at the Humaniversity in Holland - starts PROMPTLY at 8:00pm; and...
*Dancing, starting at 9:10pm!
[No food or alcohol on the premises, please.]
Cost - $10 for the WHOLE EVENING!
*June 28th - August 16th,
Meditation: From Chatter to
Peace of Mind
(8 Week Class)
Meditation simply means a silence which brings serenity to the
heart, the mind, and the being. By meditating you can create
more relaxation, clarity and self-acceptance, while
benefiting your health, relationships and work. Each class will
explore different meditation techniques. Beginners and
seasoned meditators welcomed! The instructor is a
certified meditation facilitator with thirty years
experience in teaching meditation worldwide. Bring a mat or
large towel and a pillow to class. 8 Tuesdays. Time: 7:00pm -
9:00pm; Place: On Campus: CC, 1254B; Class # 7069;
Fee: $95.00. To register, call NSCC at 206-527-3705.
Finding the Work You Love,
Finding the Life You Love
You will move through four explorations: How can I discover
what fulfills me? How do I translate what I enjoy into real
marketplace opportunities? What are the obstacles that stop
me from taking steps to pursue my ideas and dreams?
And how do I deal with these obstacles?
*June 29th - August 17th, Class:
Class - 8 Weds (16 hours); Time: 7pm-9pm.
Place: On Campus at North Seattle Community College:
IB, 3408; Class; # 7076 -Fee: $115.00.
To register, call NSCC at 206-527-3705.
*Sept, 30th - Oct. 2nd, Workshop:
For information, call 206-772-8897.
* October 14th -16th
Sammasati (Right Remembrance):
A Meditation Experience
with Prem Pradeepa.
Sammasati means 'Right Remembrance.' Sammasati was the last spoken word Buddha said to his disciples. And Sammasati was the last word the mystic Osho said in his final discourse.Before leaving his body, Osho asked Pradeepa to create the
Sammasati Meditation Experience. It was the last workshop he
requested. Pradeepa has offered meditation workshops
internationally since the early 70's and is know for her love,
meditation and sense of humor. We are honored that she has
consented to come to Seattle to present the Sammasati
Meditation Experience. The cost is $175.00, but for early registration until Oct 1st it is $150.00. Soon more details will
on our website!
A Joke for your Funny Bone!
I JUST KNEW I WAS IN BIG TROUBLE AT WORK WHEN...
...the new policy on sexual harassment included a photo of me.
...the Security guard made a complete inventory of my work area.
...my assistant began responding to my memos with, "Yeah, whatever."
...I got a "It's for you loser" wav receiving e-mail, & not a chime.
...my new Pentium was replaced with an 386sx-16 last weekend.
...the Human Resources Dept requested an update of my arrest record.
...the Boss asked if I still had a copy of my 5 year contract.
...I noticed co-workers measuring my office when I arrived at work.
...my parking spot was relocated next to the dumpster.
...my secretary says things like "Get the phone, my nails aren't dry."
...three people began helping me write a "desk manual" for my job.
...the LAN suddenly began backing-up my computer every 10 minutes.
...a large paper recycling box was placed next to my file cabinets.
...the receptionist began saying "Who ???" to anyone calling on me.
Cost: $8 per meditation (or $5 with a 10 meditation pass
with no expiration date, which costs $50)
Mondays: 8:00pm - 9:30pm
June 6th Osho Audio/Video Discourse
June 13thTalking to the Wall Meditation
June 20thTratak Meditation
June 27th Chakra Sounds Meditation
Wednesdays: 5:15pm - 6:15pm
June 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, & 29th.
Thursdays: 8:00pm - 9:30pm:
June 2nd Nataraj (Dance) Meditation
June 9th Chakra Breathing Meditation
June 16th Full Moon Dance/Prayer
June 23th Nadabrahma Meditation
June 30th Tribal Dance Centering Meditation
June 4th 9:00am;
June 11th, 18th, 25th - all at 10:00am
No Satsang Meditation in June
The need for security is one of the strongest experiences that we face when exploring change and transformation in our lives.
This edition of our Newsletter, will offer insights into the idea of security in the hopes that it will assist you in taking steps towards a life that truly makes your heart sing!
Have a great exploration!
The World of Meditation Team
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Stepping into Change... by Subhan
Put one foot in front of the other.
Isn't that a ridiculously simple statement?
Yet, isn't that what we always do when we walk - when we want to get to another place?
Why then is it so difficult for us to translate that into getting the change we want in our lives?
If we understand that we have to put one foot in front of the other in order to move, then we can also put one small step, in the direction of where we want to go in our lives, in front of another small step. That way we don't freak out the part of our mind that is terrified of moving into change.
The mind sees change as something unpredictable, dangerous, insecure. And yet, isn't the simple FACT of reality - that the next moment IS unpredictable and insecure?
After all, we live on a molten-filled rock, traveling in a vast void, at an enormous speed (67,000 mph), around a gigantic nuclear reactor that is 1.3 million times bigger than the earth! What could be less secure in the long run?
And remember this well-kept secret: in 120 years, over 6.8 billion people will disappear from the earth!! (Let this fact really sink in!)
At a younger age, we did MANY things that, in hindsight, were certainly unpredictable and not so safe. But that didn't stop us! We learned how to walk and talk, how to run and jump, how to ride bicycles and motorcycles, and how to drive cars without any guarantee that we would accomplish these things or stay in one piece! But we DID accomplish them.
So it is the role of our overthinking mind to continually harass us about the potential dangers of adventure and moving into the unknown. How sad that is! For life only exists in the unknown. Once we try and nail it down, we have nothing but apprehension, fear and worry as our traveling companions. And we learn how to stop living fully....
It is time to challenge that part of us that is seeking the impossible! That is the only way we will choose to really live in this adventure called life!
Are you ready...?!
Finding the Work You Love,
Finding the Life You Love
North Seattle Community College
Eight Wednesday Evenings
June 29th - August 17th,
7pm - 9pm.
Tell a friend...
To register: Call 206-527-3705 or
register online HERE .
Excerpts from "The Wisdom Of Insecurity" by Alan Watts
We are at war between consciousness and nature, between the desire for permanence and the fact of flux. It is ourself against ourselves.
What is the use of planning to be able to eat next week unless I can really enjoy the meals when they come? If I am so busy planning how to eat next week that I cannot fully enjoy what I am eating now, I will be in the same predicament when next week's meals become "now."
If my happiness at this moment consists largely in reviewing happy memories and expectations, I am but dimly aware of this present. I shall still be dimly aware of the present when the good things that I have been expecting come to pass. For I shall have formed a habit of looking behind and ahead, making it difficult for me to attend to the here and now. If, then, my awareness of the past and future makes me less aware of the present, I must begin to wonder whether I am actually living in the real world.
After all, the future is quite meaningless and unimportant unless, sooner or later, it is going to become the present. Thus to plan for a future which is not going to become present is hardly more absurd than to plan for a future which, when it comes to me, will find me "absent," looking fixedly over it's shoulder instead of into its face.
Tomorrow and plans for tomorrow can have no significance at all unless you are in full contact with the reality of the present, since it is in the present and only in the present that you live. There is no other reality than present reality, so that, even if one were to live for endless ages, to live for the future would be to miss the point everlastingly.
[O]ur experience is altogether momentary. From one point of view, each moment is so elusive and so brief that we cannot even think about it before it has gone. From another point of view, this moment is always here, since we know no other moment than the present moment. It is always dying, always becoming past more rapidly than imagination can conceive. Yet at the same time it is always being born, always new, emerging just as rapidly from that complete unknown we call the future. Thinking about it almost makes you breathless.
We are accustomed to think that, if there is any freedom at all, it resides, not in nature, but in the separate human will and its power of choice. But what we ordinarily mean by choice is not freedom. Choices are usually decisions motivated by pleasure and pain, and the divided mind acts with the sole purpose of getting 'I' into pleasure and out of pain. But the best pleasures are those for which we do not plan, and the worst part of pain is expecting it and trying to get away from it when it has come. You cannot plan to be happy. You can plan to exist, but in themselves existence and non-existence are neither pleasurable nor painful...
In the strictest sense, we cannot actually think about life and reality at all, because this would have to include thinking about thinking, thinking about thinking about thinking, and so ad infinitum. One can only attempt a rational, descriptive philosophy of the universe on the assumption that one is totally separate from it. But if you and your thoughts are part of this universe, you cannot stand outside them to describe them. This is why all philosophical and theological systems must ultimately fall apart. To 'know' reality you cannot stand outside and define it; you must enter into it, be it, and feel it. Speculative philosophy, as we know it in the West, is almost entirely a symptom of the divided mind, of man trying to stand outside himself and his experience in order to verbalize and define it. It is a vicious circle, like everything else which the divided mind attempts.
Osho on Insecurity
When you ask for security, you become insecure. The more you ask, the more insecure you will be, because insecurity is the very nature of life. If you don't ask for security then you will never be worried by the insecurity. As trees are green, life is insecure. If you start asking that trees should be white then there are problems. The problem is created by you, not by the trees; they are green. And you ask them to be white They cannot do it, they cannot perform in that way.
Life is insecure, love is insecure. We are in emptiness, in tremendous nothingness. And it is good that it is so, otherwise we would be dead. Life can be a security only if you are dead; then everything can be certain.
Underneath a rock there is ground. Underneath a flower there is none; the flower is insecure. A small breeze and the flower may disperse, the petals may fall and disappear. It is a miracle that the flower is there. Life is a miracle... because there is no reason for it to be. It is simply a miracle that you are, otherwise there is every reason for you not to be.
Maturity comes to you only when you accept this. And not only accept; you start rejoicing in it. Life is insecure... that means life is free. If there is security then there will be bondage; if everything is certain then there will be no freedom. If tomorrow is fixed then there can be security, but you have no freedom. Then you are just like a robot. You have to fulfill certain things that are already predestined.
But tomorrow is beautiful because tomorrow is total freedom. Nobody knows what is going to happen; whether you will be breathing, whether you will be alive at all... nobody knows. Hence there is beauty, because everything is in a chaos, a challenge, and everything is existing as a possibility.
Don't ask for consolations. If you go on asking, you will remain insecure. Accept insecurity. Then insecurity disappears and you are no longer insecure. It is not a paradox... it is a simple truth; paradoxical, but absolutely true. Up to now you have existed, so why be worried about tomorrow? If you could exist today, if you could exist yesterday, tomorrow will take care of itself too. Don't think of the tomorrow, and move freely.
Just having the understanding, immediately you feel at ease. But that ease is not that of security, that ease is not that of death, that ease is not of the grave. That ease has tremendous chaos in it, but it is still ease, because you are not asking for more so there is no tension. A chaos at ease... that's how a man should be. When you carry a revolution within you, every moment brings a new world, a new life... every moment becomes a new birth.
You are unnecessarily creating trouble for yourself. You can go on creating it if you like, but one day or other you will have to realize the fact that it is you who is creating the trouble, not life.