Intensely pleasurable contacts often trigger desire and grasping. That reaction creates tension and solidifies a sense of a “me” having this contact. Neutral feeling, though, offers an opening to a radically different experience, to equanimity, peace, and seeing that there’s no one here and never has been. When the mind is temporarily free of desire or resistance, the stage is set for realization of not-self.

By simply shifting our attention to the mind, to unadorned knowing, we perceive the absence of a “me.” Stated positively, a spacious, peaceful, boundless awareness opens, revealing subtle, delightful ease and wholeness that are always available.