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!

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