Have you noticed that the same nerve endings in in your skin sense texture that is soft or abrasive? It’s like the “nerve endings in mind”, but instead of just feeling texture we tend to tell a story about it. The minute you describe a feeling you abandon it, you miss your opportunity to see what it really is. Sit down and prioritize the awareness, the space in which things occur. If you look at the space you realize you can’t see space, but you change your allegiance from what occurs to the space itself.
Whatever arises, don’t blame. If you find someone in front of you who is judging you or giving you a hard time, if you’re really present, you see that they are doing it because of their own suffering. You see the fundamental situation that everything is dependently arisen. There is no one to blame.
Your spiritual friend, or “companion in the virtue” (kalyanamitra in Sanskrit), if truly realized will meet you right where you are to help you on your path of awakening.
Sokuzan talks about the great importance of sangha, the community of people who study and practice together. By reflecting self centeredness and resonating with clarity, sangha supports your awakening.
Sokuzan talks about several lines in Dogen’s Genjokoan: To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be actualized by the myriad things. When actualized by myriad things, your body and mind as well as bodies and minds of others drop away.