Do you ever feel like you’re living life disconnected from your true nature? Do you often find yourself caught up in an endless stream of thoughts and emotions that distract you from the present moment? If so, then the teachings of Dzogchen may be what you need to awaken to your true self and ‘embody the view’ in your daily life.
Dzogchen is a profound spiritual tradition that originated in Tibet, and its name means the "Great Perfection". It is a path of direct realisation, which means that it is not about accumulating knowledge or following a set of rules, but rather about directly experiencing the nature of reality as it is, free from concepts and beliefs.
Dzogchen teaches us to cultivate a deep sense of presence, letting go of our attachments to thoughts and emotions, and embracing the richness and beauty of life in its purest form.
Embodying the view of Dzogchen is not about achieving a state of blissful detachment, but about bringing a new level of awareness and clarity to our everyday experiences. It is about connecting with our innermost nature and living from a place of authenticity and wisdom, rather than from the conditioned patterns of our minds.
Applying the view of Dzogchen in daily life begins with mindfulness. By cultivating present moment awareness we can observe thoughts and emotions as transient phenomena, rather than becoming entangled in them. This practice opens a window to spaciousness, freedom, and a deeper connection with the now.
“All that we are looking for in life - all the happiness, contentment, and peace of mind - is right here in the present moment”.
Sometimes, a few deep breaths and the ability to observe your inner and outer worlds exactly as they are is all it takes.
An example may be when you are travelling but find your journey is delayed. In this situation you could allow your emotions and thoughts to consume you, which will often lead to anger, frustration or other strong, unconscious reactions. Or you could consciously take a moment to pause and become aware of the sensations in your body, and the thoughts running through your mind without judgement. The latter option will help you tap into present moment awareness so you can infuse the situation with calm and clarity, rather than react from old subconscious patterns.
Dzogchen is a framework that teaches you how to respond rather than react.
Another way to embody the view of Dzogchen is through gratitude. When we appreciate the beauty of life, we open ourselves up to the fullness of each moment, and begin to see the world in a more positive and expansive light. This can help us let go of our attachments to negative patterns of thinking, and connect with the present moment in a more profound way.
For example, you may find yourself on a walk in nature, surrounded by the beauty of the trees and the sounds of birds singing. By pausing to appreciate the beauty around you, you can cultivate a sense of gratitude for the present moment, and connect more deeply with the natural world.
Little and Often
Incorporating Dzogchen into your daily life is not about achieving a state of detachment or spending hours in silent meditation. Instead, it is about cultivating a consistent practice, and integrating the teachings of Dzogchen into your everyday. By practising little and often, we can begin to develop a deeper sense of presence and awareness, and live our lives in a more authentic and fulfilling way. Dzogchen enables us to transform any daily activity into an opportunity to be present and mindful.
Ultimately, embodying the view of Dzogchen is about living from a place of authenticity, wisdom, and compassion. It is about connecting with our innermost nature, and living from a place of spaciousness and freedom.
Many of the teachings in the MoS app are inspired by Dzogchen practices yet presented in an accessible way, enabling you to explore this tradition, and integrate the transformative power of the teachings in your daily life.