Mindrolling – Raghu Markus – Ep. 253 – The Way of Effortless Mindfulness with Loch Kelly


Loch Kelly shares a conversation with Raghu about moving into in the space beyond ego with the practice of effortless mindfulness.

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Show Notes

Just Being (Opening) – Loch talks about some of the circumstances in his life that led him down the path of spiritual practice. He describes the moment when his suffering was transformed into a profound sense of interconnectedness and awareness, an experience that became the foundation for his effortless mindfulness practice.

“I was astounded at how something so heavy and full of emotion could be relieved in a moment. It allowed me to grieve more thoroughly with this grounded support of something that was bigger than me, but it felt like it was within me.” – Loch Kelly

The Way of Effortless Mindfulness (11:00) – Raghu and Loch discuss the teachings that informed Loch’s approach to the practice of effortless mindfulness. Loch shares practices that we can use to relax into the heart-mind of pure awareness that erodes the delusions of identity.

“The instructions I got from Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche were very similar to that experience of turning awareness around or relaxing or resting into the awareness that is already here. Somehow not striving, not trying, but also not going to sleep.” – Loch Kelly

Listen to conversations with Loch Kelly and his guests about the practices of Dzogchen, effortless mindfulness and more on the BHNN Guest Podcast: Loch Kelly

Mind the Gap (30:20) – What are some of the antidotes to our identification with ego? Loch talks about the gap between our thoughts that reveal what lies beneath the chatter of our mind.

“Effortless mindfulness is to become aware of space, or awareness itself, and look back through the meditator to open up the field of intelligence that thoughts are made of. That is the radical thing that makes for this feeling of interconnectedness. ” – Loch Kelly

Waking from the Daydream (43:15) – Lock talks about the brain’s default mode network and the science behind stabilizing awareness. He and Raghu close with a reflection on the impact of spiritual awakening on the direction of human development.


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