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Susann Herrmann - HC
Resting in Wakefulness
Susann Herrmann

Susann Herrmann

Clinical and Occupational Psychologist MA

Resting in Wakefulness

Resting in Wakefulness

At the Centre for Mindful Living we merge traditional, contemplative, meditative and liberative practices together with western psychology.

In our events we string words together in ways, which can penetrate deeply the understanding of the Nature of the Mind, the Nature of Mindfulness and the Nature of the Teachings (Dharma).

A contemplative way of knowing and being, without falling into cognitive models, which simply allows us to rest in wakefulness, with no place to go, nothing to fill up the time, no agenda whatsoever, other than to fall awake.

While you are reading these lines, why not rest in silence for a few moments! PAUSE

See, how it is in this moment in the body, and can you allow it to be as it is in the body? PAUSE

And how is it in our own heart right in this moment, whatever this word means to you? PAUSE

And how is it in the mind right in this moment? PAUSE

Simply resting in wakefulness, with no place to go, nothing to fill up the time, no agenda whatsoever, other than to fall awake. PAUSE

And is it possible simply to rest, right in this moment, in the field of awareness itself, towards this boundless spaciousness. A pointer to a domain beyond words, underneath thought. A silence that is never not here. PAUSE

An ongoing openness of heart, which can embrace even our fear and storms in the heart & mind that arise, and to recognise that they are much part of the landscape as any other feeling. And that we can know their nature. PAUSE

This nature includes impermanence, emptiness, selflessness, which doesn’t in any way betray our emotions, our thoughts, our attempts to be of use. In fact supplies the groundless ground for our attempts to be of some use. PAUSE

As best you can, resting in this full dimensionality of this moment. Being at Home, with things exactly as they are. PAUSE


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