“We cannot direct our mind towards the experience of being aware [fully present awareness]; we can only direct our mind away from it. Therefore, it would be more accurate to say that awareness must relax the focus of its attention, or disentangle itself from the objects of experience, thereby allowing its attention to return to or come to rest in itself. Thus, the highest form of meditation is not an activity that is undertaken by the mind. It is a relaxing, falling back or sinking of the mind into its source or essence of pure awareness, from which it has arisen. Being Aware of Being Aware by Rupert Spira
Dear friends ~
Savoring times with dear visiting friends and with family in SoCal, May has been full, sunny and rich thus far, with work readying to take me back to Mexico City and New York City next.
In addition to my regular articles at The Bold Italic, my weekly dining column reviews one restaurant each week. I welcome those interested to follow me, or even sign up for a membership for my articles at Medium, which partially goes to support us as writers. Follow or support here. I thank you.
The Latest Ideal New Neighborhood Hang: Cole Valley Tavern serves 99 Flake, heartwarming food & cocktails.
Top Tastes Retro-Chic Lounge with Secret Cocktails & Stellar Food: The Madrigal (also your pre-and-post show hang).
The Latest Restaurant Review: Buzzy (yet hit-or-miss) Marina Italian at Norcina.
Wandering Traveler Low-Key Molecular: Talking science of cocktails with Ted Kilgore of St. Louis Planters House.
I am also available for consulting, moderating, leading classes and tastings and more (info at virginia-miller.com).
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