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.
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.