How do we stop seeking?

If you want seeking to cease, then don’t focus on the seeking.  The seeking is just the greenery, and so go to the root.  Inquire into the “me” that is seeking…the “me” who wants to stop seeking.  What is this “me”?

Some people similarly wonder – how do we stop being attached?  This is the exact same thing.  Attachment is the greenery, and so go to the root.  Inquire into the “me” that is attached…the “me” that wants to be detached.  There are so many variations of this question, but they are distractions.  You are focusing on effects and not dealing with the cause.  Go to the root.  Go to the source.

The “me” is the root delusion from which many illusions are based upon.  For example, from this “me” we get the “my” and “mine” of attachment.  The “me” is the linchpin that is holding the chains together – the chains that the “me” then seeks liberation from.  It all comes down to this “me”.  What is this “me”?

Let me offer another question from a different angle.  This one has the prerequisite of “being present“.  If you are totally devoted to the experience of this moment, thinking and thought ceases.  Even if thought ceases only for a minute…even 10 seconds…even 5 seconds…this is enough.  In a moment of silence of mind (because you are present), just look within and inquire “is there any seeking?”  Don’t look for an answer or think about it…just be aware of what is as it is.

If there is no thought, there is no seeking.

Again, in a moment of silence of mind (because you are present), just look within and inquire “is there a seeker?”  Don’t look for an answer or think about it…just be aware of what is as it is.

If there is no thought, there is no seeker.

This may come as a surprise to some.  If there is no thinking, but for a few seconds, there can be a recognition that there is no seeking and no seeker.  So what happened that allowed the question “how do we stop seeking” to arise?

The seeker was being taken for “me”.  When “how do we stop seeking” is asked, the “we/me” is the implied seeker.  So, if there is no seeker…there is no “me”.

In a moment of silence of mind (because you are present), just look within and inquire “where is the me?”  Don’t look for an answer or think about it…just be aware of what is as it is.

Nowhere…the “me” can’t be found.  You have to think…in order to create the “me”.  Identification and mental stories are needed to create a “me”.  If there is no thought, there is no “me”.

Another term for the “me” is the “I-thought”.  So, what is prior to the “I-thought”?  You don’t have to imagine or think about it, for if you succeed in the above inquiry…you have already experienced the answer.  In a moment of silence of mind (because you are present)…what is?  This is prior to the “I-thought”.

So another way to look at it is when the question “how do we stop seeking” arises…recognize the “me/I” involved, as in “how do I stop seeking.”  Then inquire, “what is prior to this I-thought?”  If you are focused on what is “prior to the I-thought”, it brings you to the Source and you are absorbed in That.  This is abiding in the Self.  When abiding in the Self, there is no seeking.  Within the Self, there is no lack and nothing to gain.  Or in a very Zen way of saying it – the birds sing, hills are green, and the sky is blue.

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Modern-day house-holder yogi and lover of what-is; living in peace, contentment, and joy.