Posted on April 10th, 2013 No commentsHere’s what I’ve decided: the very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof. What I want is so simple I almost can’t say it: elementary kindness. Enough to eat, enough to go around. The possibility that kids might one day grow up to be neither the destroyers nor the destroyed. That’s about it. Right now I’m living in that hope, running down its hallways and touching the walls on both sides. I can’t tell you how good it feels.
Posted on March 30th, 2013 No comments
Don’t think that only sitting with the eyes closed is practice. If you do think this way, then quickly change your thinking. Steady practice is keeping mindful in every posture, whether sitting, walking, standing or lying down.
When coming out of sitting, don’t think that you’re coming out of meditation, but that you are only changing postures.
If you reflect in this way, you will have peace. Wherever you are, you will have this attitude of practice with you constantly. You will have a steady awareness within yourself.
The heart of the path is quite easy. There’s no need to explain anything at length. Let go of like and dislike and let things be. That’s all that I do in my own practice.
Posted on March 3rd, 2013 No comments“Tell everyone you know: “My happiness depends on me, so you’re off the hook.” And then demonstrate it. Be happy, no matter what they’re doing. Practice feeling good, no matter what. And before you know it, you will not give anyone else responsibility for the way you feel-and then, you’ll love them all. Because the only reason you don’t love them, is because you’re using them as your excuse to not feel good.”
- Esther Abraham-Hicks,
Posted on January 10th, 2013 No commentsWhen’s the right time to let go of something? A relationship, a project, an investment?
Seasoned investors have this great question for determining whether or not they should hold on to an investment.
The question goes a little something like this.
“If I wasn’t already invested in this business, would I invest in it today, knowing what I know?”
Feel free to replace business with relationship, project or friendship.
The beauty of this question is that it cuts through the rationalization tactics that our mind uses to deal with our fear of loss.
But we’ve been together for 4 years… But I’ve already put in so much money into this project… But I’ve spent so much time working on it…
Sometimes we’re so scared of losing something, or admitting that it isn’t working, that it’s easier to pretend that it isn’t an issue than it is to deal with it.
The challenge with pretending is that it just prolongs the inevitable pain and, more importantly, makes it harder to genuinely turn things around.
When’s the right time to let go? I’m not sure there is an easy answer. But one thing that I think would help answer that question is if you notice that the main reason you’re holding onto something is primarily because you’re afraid of losing it.
- Dhru Purohit, Clean CEO
Posted on December 21st, 2012 No comments“You can talk with someone for years, everyday, and still, it won’t mean as much as what you can have when you sit in front of someone, not saying a word, yet you feel that person with your heart, you feel like you have known the person for forever…. connections are made with the heart, not the tongue.”
― C. JoyBell C.
Posted on November 17th, 2012 No comments“When tears come, I breathe deeply and rest. I know I am swimming in a hallowed stream where many have gone before. I am not alone, crazy, or having a nervous breakdown…. My heart is at work, my soul is awake.”
- Mary Margaret Funk, writer.
Posted on November 11th, 2012 No commentsAnyone who tells you they know for sure that things are going to get better or worse is lying to you.
The truth always has to do with your efforts producing the results you want, and can always be affected positively or negatively by circumstances outside your efforts. What often determines an individual’s success in investing, in doing business, is that person’s ability to react swiftly and intelligently when things fall apart. It isn’t always making the right decision so much as it is being capable of making a decision calmly and intelligently, and being willing to admit when things aren’t happening the way you would like or had expected them to happen. This skill is what allows you to move forward with confidence, optimism, and momentum. —Jerry Gillies
Posted on September 9th, 2012 No comments“Love is blind, they say; sex is impervious to reason and mocks the power of all philosophers. But, in fact, a person’s sexual choice is the result and sum of their fundamental convictions. Tell me what a person finds sexually attractive and I will tell you their entire philosophy of life. Show me the person they sleep with and I will tell you their valuation of themselves. No matter what corruption they’re taught about the virtue of selflessness, sex is the most profoundly selfish of all acts, an act which they cannot perform for any motive but their own enjoyment – just try to think of performing it in a spirit of selfless charity! – an act which is not possible in self-abasement, only in self-exultation, only on the confidence of being desired and being worthy of desire. It is an act that forces them to stand naked in spirit, as well as in body, and accept their real ego as their standard of value. They will always be attracted to the person who reflects their deepest vision of themselves, the person whose surrender permits them to experience – or to fake – a sense of self-esteem .. Love is our response to our highest values – and can be nothing else.”
― Ayn Rand
Posted on August 19th, 2012 No comments”The major cause of worry is the loss of people or the loss of material things in our lives. You may have lost someone or some thing. But don’t lose something else: your peace of mind. With the proper understanding you will realize you never came with anything and you are not going to go with anything. It’s the mind that wants to cling to things, to possess things. As pure Self you don’t own anything. You utilize things in order to serve well. We come empty-handed and go empty-handed. In the meantime, if things come, enjoy them. Things are simply loaned for our use, they are not ours to possess. And if they go, accept that also. Realize there must be a good reason; because what we need will always be provided. But remember: What you need will be provided, not necessarily what you want….Death is nothing but changing the forms.”
- Sri Swami Satchidananda, from the book Adversity and Awakening
What you sow you reap. Don’t worry about the future and don’t worry about the past. A great thinker said the past and the future are not even visible. But what is visible? The golden present. Think of the golden present, sow what is necessary, what is right. Sow good thoughts, sow good deeds, and I am sure you will reap good fruits. There is no question about it. What you do comes back to you. What you sow, you reap. So do the right thing in the present, and don’t worry about the future. The people who worry about the future miss the present as well. You have something right now. You have it in the hand, something nice to eat; don’t think, “What will happen if I am hungry tomorrow?” By the time you find that out, someone will have snatched it from you. Always remember the golden present. Never miss it. A happier life is not given to you by someone else. Not even God can give you a happier life. Remember that. Happiness is in you. If you take care not to lose it, it is always there.
Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti
Posted on August 15th, 2012 No comments
-“As I said this morning, “It is time we started dying.” Dying not the ordinary death, but the death of low desires. It is all bliss everywhere, but all people are miserable because of ignorance which forces them to fulfill desires. Yet the goal of each and every one is to attain the state of desirelessness. Is it clear? It is really all happiness, infinite unfathomable bliss when you desire nothing. Let desires die –but how?
You want millions of things. You say, “I want this, I want that.” If you were to keep an account of your wants –oh God! Needs are not wants. Everything beyond needs is wants. And wanting inevitably leads to suffering.
So try your best, your very best to want less and less of that which is beyond your needs. Try loving and loving more and more, and then you will want less of that which is beyond your needs and want more love. Try seriously. It will all be bliss if you do not want anything. But you must try consciously. The stone wants nothing, but wants nothing unconsciously.
Let us begin by dying! The more you want, the more miserable you are. If you think seriously for just five minutes of all the things you have wanted during your life, of what you have gotten, and what you did not get and today ask yourself if you are satisfied with life. All that you enjoyed in the past, is today nil! All you have suffered, today is nil! It was all illusion.
So, when it is our right to be happy, why try to be unhappy by wanting things? Don’t want, be happy. If you want, the wanting makes you restless. If you do not get it, you are disappointed. If you get it, after having it, you do not want it –you do not enjoy it.
Therefore, long and be restless for one big thing. Long and want the one thing that will kill all the millions of other wants. Long for union. How clear and simple. Try with all your heart. Do not say yes and then not do it. Begin seriously now.”