Widening Our Circle of Compassion

Albert-Einstein

 

“A human being is a part of a whole, called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest… a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.

Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” — Albert Einstein

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Surrender Attachment

Bhagavad Gita Book

 

“Better indeed is knowledge than mechanical practice. Better than knowledge is meditation. But better still is surrender of attachment to results, because there follows immediate peace.” — Bhagavad Gita

Go With The Flow

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“Go with the flow.”

I’ve heard this phrase for years. This CAN be good advise. CAN BE, if one is aware and seeing where the flows is leading.

Too many times folks unconsciously choose to not see what’s around them, telling themselves and others that they are just going with the flow. If you simply “go with the flow” without thinking about the world around you,  you might be be surprised when the bad stuff comes your way. Plus, there is a good chance that you will miss all the good things going on around you. “Go with the flow” can be a bad habit.

However, using the “go with the flow” approach to life is great if we keep our eyes open and our thoughts on the events going on around us. By noticing how things are playing out in our lives, we can find more things to be thankful for, more happiness, more purpose and enjoy one heck of a ride thru this short time that we spend as humans.

How are you going with the flow? Are you simply letting the days pass by or are you watching for the wonder of it all?

Namaste,
Dave

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Any Path Is Only A Path

The Teaching of Don Juan

“A path is only a path, and there is no affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you . . . Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself alone, one question . . . Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn’t it is of no use.” — Carlos Castaneda

Is Thinking About Time Stressing You?

“Stop longing. You poison today’s ease, reaching always for tomorrow.” — Robin Hobb

Do you know what day it is? Is it Tuesday? Saturday? Or is it just another day when the sun rose early this morning and will set later this evening?

Do you know that keeping track of the days can create stress in your life?

I rarely have more than two days in a row away from my paying job. A job where I am responsible for a lot of planning. Planning for today, tomorrow, next week, next month and beyond. But recently, I had the opportunity to string three days away from work along with a weekend to give me five days in a row at home.  I had a lot of enjoyable projects to work on at home and by the fourth day I realized that I had lost track of the date and the day. I hadn’t needed to plan on what I was going to do for the next few days.

Because no long term planning was required, I found myself waking each morning, focusing only on what I wanted to do for the next few hours.

What a pleasant feeling. I had no concerns about what would happen if I didn’t do this by a certain time or if I didn’t get to this, that would happen.
At days end, there were no should of,  could of, or would of to haunt my thoughts. And, a bonus to this was that the day seemed to be longer. Much more was accomplished with a lot less stress.

The little bit of time that I DID keep track of came from me watching the sun. Long before man invented time pieces, he tracked his time of day by the sun. What worked for ancient man, worked for me. And it worked quite nicely, thank you very much.

I’ve experienced this present moment feeling before. And, it always amazes me. The simple act of not thinking. Not thinking about what day it is can have such a positive effect on your present activity. “Not thinking” about the future relieves stressing out about tomorrow’s activities. The “not thinking” allows you to be in the moment with what you are doing so much more than when you have plans and dates running in the back of your mind.

So, the next time that you have a few days to yourself, forget about time! Live in the present day and don’t be concerned about which day it is. Try to not remember if it is Tuesday or Saturday.
When you forget today, it is easier to not think about tomorrow. Take a few days to forget time.

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“Don’t poison today’s ease by reaching for tomorrow”

Do you know what day it is? If your answer is no, then…………………. Congratulations! You are one step closer to living in the moment.

Namaste,
Dave

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Your Greatest Treasures – Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu Quote

“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.” — Lao Tzu

The word simplicity: an absence of luxury, pretentiousness, ornament, etc.; plainness: “a life of simplicity.”
Patience: to remain quiet, with steady perseverance, having even-tempered care and remaining diligence: “to work with patience.”
As for compassion: a sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.

These three ideas seems as though they should be simple to enable in one’s life. Continue reading “Your Greatest Treasures – Lao Tzu”

Time Is Very Misleading

George-Harrison

 

“It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one.” — George Harrison

I Believe In God, but… – John Lennon

“I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It’s just that the translations have gone wrong.”  —  John Lennon