Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Wolf: Misunderstood Animal

The wolf is misunderstood by humans. Information on how magnificent wolves are from a wolf enthuisast perspective.

Wolves are born into a very complex, well-disciplined, loving and caring environment. There are the leaders of the pack who are called DOMINENT ALPHA MALE AND FEMALE. These two have the sole responsibility to keep the pack in line and to make sure everyone fulfills their responsibilities to the rest of the pack.The three top ranks in the pups born each spring are Alpha, Beta, and Omega. The Alpha is usually the first and strongest, the Beta is second born and second strongest, and the Omega is third born and third strongest. These can be of either the male or female sex. The Omega has a very important and tough role within the pack. The Omega is the outcast that everyone picks on but also serves as the nursemaid for new pups when the pack is out hunting. They constantly pick on the Omega to make sure she, or he, is strong enough to take care of the pups. If they don’t defend themselves, they will either banish them from the pack or kill them. They feel if the omega cannot take care of itself, then they are not suitable to take care of their puppies.

If you are out hiking in wolves’ territory, chances are that you will never see them. They are very elusive animals. They are, however, very inquisitive and will come within 100 yards or less of you and watch you as you travel through. After you have left their territory, they will go about doing what they were doing before you came into their territory. You will never even know that they were watching you. They will not attack you, rip your throat out, nor eat you as Hollywood says they will. They will protect their young and defend their territory. What they due is wolf posturing; they lunge and snap and growl, which is only a warning to scare you away.

Family orientation is very strictly enforced. Only the dominant pair are allowed to produce offspring. The females stay with the pack almost all their lives. The males can stay as long as they submit to the older dominant pair. The dominant pair hold their tails straight up in the air to show leadership. Anyone passing by them must hold their tales lower to show submission tactics. If they don’t, the Dominants will attack and make them submit. They get together and have a family play time, hunt at night, and sleep a lot throughout the heat of the day.

They are beautiful, highly intelligent, very skillful hunters, but sadly very misunderstood animals. Our domesticated dog is originated from a wolf. Wolves do not make god pets, as they have an inborn wild-streak that can come out at any time. Captive breeding programs are making great strides in reversing this trend.

From The “Mindfulbalance” Blog

The blank sheet

JANUARY 25, 2013 BY KARL DUFFY 

The aim of Buddhist meditation then, is to let go of the conditions of the mind. This doesn’t mean denying, getting rid of, or judging them. It means not believing them or following them. Instead we listen to them as conditions of the mind that arise and cease. We learn to trust in just being the listener, the watcher, with an attitude of awakened, attentive awareness, rather than be somebody trying to meditate to get some kind of result. Then through mindfulness we are able to get beyond the conditioning of the mind to the pure consciousness that isn’t conditioned, but which is like the background, the emptiness, the blank sheet on which words are written. Our perceptions arise and cease on that blank sheet, that emptiness.

Ajahn Sumedho

 

Intuitive Awareness by Ajahn Sumedho

Notice what it’s like when you open to emotional

feeling, to moods, without judging it, not making any

problem out of it, whatever its quality is, whether it’s

emotional or physical, by learning to embrace it, to

sustain your attention by holding it without trying to

get rid of it, change it or think about it. Just totally

accept the mood you’re in, the emotional state, or the

physical sensations like pain, itching or whatever

tensions, with this sense of well-being, of embracing.

When I do this, I notice the ‘changingness’. When you

are willing to let something be the way it is, it changes.

Then you begin to recognise or realise nonattachment.

We say ‘embracing’: in this way satisampaja¤¤

a is not attaching (upàdàna) to them, it’s

embracing. This sense of widening, it includes; it’s

not picky-choosy, it’s not saying, “Pick only the good

things but the bad ones I won’t,” it takes the bad along

with the good, the whole thing, the worm and the apple,

the snake and the garden. It allows things to be what

they are, it’s not approving. It’s not saying that you

have to love worms and want them in your apples, to

like them as much as you like apples. It’s not asking

you to be silly, ridiculous or impossible, but it’s

encouraging you to allow things to exist, even the

things we don’t like to exist, because if they exist, that’s

what they do, they’re existing. The whole thing, the

good and the bad, belongs. Sati-sampaja¤¤a is our

ability to realise that, to know that, in a direct way, and

then the processes take care of themselves. It’s not a

case of Ajahn Sumedho trying to get his act together,

trying to cleanse his mind, free himself from

defilements, deal with his immature emotions,

straighten out his wrong, crooked views, trying to make

himself into a better monk and become enlightened

in the future. That doesn’t work, I guarantee — I’ve

tried it!

From, “Intuitive Awareness” by Ajahn Sumedho

However, there is that which can be aware of the
personality as a construction. I deliberately think, “I
am a screwed-up person that needs to meditate in
order to become enlightened in the future.” I think that,
but I’m listening to it; I’m deliberately thinking it and
I’m investigating it. I have created that perception. I
have chosen to think that and I can hear myself
thinking it. That which is aware and listens to that
perception I don’t create. It’s not a creation, is it? I
create this perception, but that which is aware of the
perception… You can investigate, begin to know the
difference between awareness and thinking. What is
the still point, the centre, the point that includes? This
kind of thinking is reflective, isn’t it? I’m just asking
myself this question to bring attention to this. I’m not
looking for an answer in terms of somebody to give
me an answer to that question, but that’s a reflective
question that clarifies my attention; it helps me to
focus, to be aware.
The more I pay attention and I’m aware, the more I
recognise that in this still point there’s this resounding
sound of silence. I didn’t create that; it’s not a creation
of mine. I can’t claim that the sound of silence is some
personal creation of mine, that it belongs to Ajahn
Sumedho. It’s like trying to claim the air, the space:
“All the space in the world belongs to me,” that kind
of ridiculous thing. You can’t create a person around
it, you can only be — this sense of being this still point,
resting, opening to and allowing the personality, the
body, the emotional habits that arise and the thoughts
that we have. Our relationship to them now is
understanding or embracing rather than identifying.