I listen to dharma talks, read, watch stuff on the Buddha, on Buddhism, on meditation.
Every once in a while I think about awakening. But from the very beginning of my "walk on the dharma side" it seemed evident that awakening is very personal, very different. Perhaps there is a BIG BOOM of awakening or enlightenment, but it seems more evident that it is the smaller events, tiny but meaningful moments that occur every time we sit, every time we are mindful, or are the aftereffects of those times – that are really the essence of awakening, the essence of life, the essence of being.
Dr. Stephen Fulder
The Zen poet Ikkyu wrote that there is no point in looking for spirituality in texts and in concepts. It is to be found in ‘reading the love letters sent by the wind and the rain, the snow and the moon.’ Natural spirituality is our built-in capacity to connect with and to know the big picture, to actually merge with the big picture. It is natural because it has never left us. We have emerged from the ocean and we go back to it, and it is still in us. The journey is thus one of return or revealing what is already inside us.