You've seen the famous two-word phrase on T-shirts, mugs, bumper stickers and magnets, no doubt. The spiritual equivalent of Nike's "Just do it" slogan.
That's right, "Just be."
The question is, what is it, just to be? I'm blogging on what it means to be beyond mind, i.e. to "just be," so it bares definition.
The "just be" phrase shows up a lot in my book, Notes to Self: Meditations on Being. (See two relevant notes below):
Don't Be Fooled: It's Not About Action Vs. Inaction
"Being" and "doing" aren't mutually exclusive. It's not like suddenly because you're "doing," you're no longer "being." Or that because you're "being," you're not doing anything action-oriented. Being is a quality that goes beyond action or inaction.
"Just be" is more about letting things happen as they're happening, without the mind's tendency to jump in and try to control, force or manipulate things to go the way it wants them to go.
I struggle with this one on a daily basis. I'll be happily floating along, letting life mind its own business, when all of a sudden... BAM! Mind gets triggered by some event (or non-event) and decides to take over and try to force things. Besides the fact that this never helps anything, it's also a miserable experience.
The key here, I'm learning, is that even when that happens, you can still be. As long as you can see that it's happening and relax into even that - then you're actually being with the doing. In other words, you're still being.
Being is just allowing. Allowing even non-allowing.
Your Perfect Destiny
If you disregard mind content
and come into the sensory
awareness of the moment,
you open to Self in more
fullness than the mind
can possibly know.
This is to know your Self.
Forget the mind and let in
the moment in its
felt, lived expression.
Your perfect density is always
unfolding in this moment.
Living beyond mind is not living without mind. There is no such thing as living without mind - you'd be dead, physically speaking.
Living beyond mind is a death in its own right, though. It's the death of giving importance and substance to your identity as a persona. You still have a personality, but you see through its fickleness and irrelevance. You see that there is something far greater at work, and you surrender to that. That is the realm beyond mind.
To enter the territory beyond mind is to place trust over reason and logic. This doesn't make you stupid. In fact, it aligns you with a greater intelligence. It's an intelligence that you tap when you feel your way, rather than think your way, through life.
Just a gal experimenting with what it means to live outside of mind.
Read more about Notes to Self, the "manual" on living beyond mind.