Dancing in the Heart with One Mind

There are really only two states of mind.

One is conditioned and confused.

The other is enlightened and free.

The difference between the two is but a slight shift—a tear in the veil if you will.

When the veil tears, this conditioned mind wakes up from its confusion. Even if just for a moment, it recognizes its true and perfect nature dancing between stark clarity and a pure, open heart.

“Blessed are the pure in heart,” the master of life said. “For they shall see God.” (Matthew 5:8)

And, yes, for that moment, God is all about, like a sparkle or a glimmer, glittering on the surface of things.

Buddhism calls this pure perception when those who have eyes to see—see.

Then, as quickly as before, the curtain is drawn again. The mind busies itself with dinner or an email that needs to be sent.

Yet, if we dig down deep, all the way to the recognition not soon forgotten but too easily dismissed, we just might chop those onions with greater appreciation or send that email with a little more care.

Because we know now that there are only two states of mind, yet it’s the same mind that’s either confused or clear, conditioned or free.

So why not dance in the heart with one mind? Why not meet God in every encounter?

Kimberly Holman

Kimberly Holman is a certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher (MMT) with a B.A. in psychology from the University of Maine and an M.A in religious studies from Naropa University.