“Do your work with no expectations from the results”
Sri Poonja (“Papaji”) (1910-1997)
This does not mean you have no expectations. We all have expectations, which comprise how we think the world works. However, these are just conditioned mental constructs. The real world works as it works, whether or not we expect it to. So “no expectations” means that we are aware of our expectations as just expectations, mental processes. We have long since ceased to actually expect the real world to necessarily match these expectations. In this place the differences no longer trouble us since they no longer indicate that something is wrong.
Sit somewhere quiet and comfortable.
Listen to the sounds.
They come, they go.
Notice they are different each moment.
Our memories, knowledge and expectations do not help us to know with certainty the next sound.
Only listening now can reveal the sound now.
Get used to your expectations – that a sound will continue, that it will change, that it will cease.
Notice that the real sounds do not always exactly follow your expectations.
Get used to the gaps as a natural part of reality.
As you do, the gaps cease to trouble you.
Life is easier.