Tuesday, 26 November 2013
Tuesday, 12 November 2013
I very seldom use another’s blog posting. Today is an exception because Leo Babauta gives the best advice in this blog… MAKE IT YOUR JOB.
Posted: 11 Nov 2013 08:49 AM PST
By Leo Babauta
When you’re feeling resentful or angry about something, it’s worth stopping to consider why.
This morning, I woke up to a dirty kitchen, and as I do most mornings, I started cleaning it up. Washing dishes, wiping counters, putting dishes away, and so on. I do this a lot.
And I found myself feeling resentful. Why didn’t other people clean this up? Why am I the one who has to clean it up all the time?
And I watched my resentment.
And I saw at its root a feeling of entitlement, that everyone should do things the way I want them to do it. A feeling of wanting to control others. A feeling that others should be what I want them to be. I’m at the center of the universe, and everyone else is a supporting character in my story.
Of course, that’s not true. They are their own people, and don’t want to be controlled, and want to live how they want to live. I’m only a supporting character in their lives.
So I could have tried to force them to act my way. Better: I could teach them to clean up after themselves, to pitch in and be good members of our family.
But what I did instead this morning is assumed that I am a servant, and that it is my job to clean the kitchen. It’s my job to serve my family.
The effect is that I released the idea that they should serve me, that they should do things my way. And instead I did the work without complaint, lovingly in the service of my loved ones.
I’ll still teach them, because that’s my job too, to serve them by showing them the best ways to live life. But I won’t do it with the resentment, only with the love.
Friday, 8 November 2013
Creator always gives you messages about the thoughts that pass through your brain, or about the very BIG conversations that you are having with friends.
This message is about going out and being creative; being able to pursue what makes your heart and soul sing; about being happy in what you do. It is about living the dream. It is a peaceful message of hope and faith in yourself – your god self. Do not depend on others to get the dream for you. Go after it. And, it does not matter how old you are… there is not a time limit on dreams!
Thursday, 7 November 2013
It seems that all around the world, incidents of lying, deceit, and thievery at another’s expense, are hitting the news.
Seeing the wonderful things that people do to HELP one another instead of wanting to HURT one another makes this a wonderful world.
What will you do today to make the world more wonderful?
It is hard to believe that we are immortal souls when we have so much going on in this mortal life. Yet, if you can find that space of “no time” in your daily thoughts or in your meditation, you can see the very beginning and end of time, and all things between, for just a few moments. And, in that time, you know there is no time and you are immortal! You find memories and future visions in that glimpse. You are eternal.
Wednesday, 6 November 2013
Sleep is the best meditation. ...... Dalai Lama
If you have been experiencing the same ups and downs in your life that I have been experiencing with the Nov 3 Equinox, whose theme was “eclipsing all your plans”, then you too are experiencing tired beyond belief feelings.
As it says in the quote, “sleep is the best meditation”. Take some time this week to sleep.
Monday, 4 November 2013
The wolves have been very active in dream time – they prowl through the different sites of dreams. Wolf wants you to remember that a pack is safer then being alone for traveling in strange territory. However, Wolf likes to go out and be solitary when it is suitable, and will travel many miles by itself. Alone, Wolf is very cautious and will observe before going into the open.
Perhaps you need to listen to Wolf’s advice about something that you are going to do now.
Sunday, 3 November 2013
I have been getting phone calls and messages from people who say that they are out of balance. The article below is one of the best that I have seen about being in balance.
The Art of Staying in Balance
--by Osho (Aug 18, 2008)
The most difficult thing, the almost impossible thing for the mind, is to remain in the middle, to remain balanced. And to move from one thing to its opposite is the easiest. To move from one polarity to another is the nature of the mind. [...]
It is difficult for the mind to come to the right diet, difficult for the mind to stay in the middle. It is just like a clock's pendulum. The pendulum goes to the right, then it moves to the left, then again to the right, and again to the left; the clock's working depends on this movement.
If the pendulum stays in the middle, the clock stops. And when the pendulum moves to the right, you think it is only going to the right, but at the same time it is gathering momentum to go to the left. The more it moves to the right, the more energy it gathers to move to the left, and vice versa.
Thinking means momentum. The mind starts arranging for the opposite. When you love a person you are gathering momentum to hate him. That's why only friends can become enemies. You cannot suddenly become an enemy unless you have first become a friend. [...]
Logic is superficial, life goes deeper, and in life all opposites are joined together, they exist together. Remember this, because then meditation becomes balancing.
Buddha taught eight disciplines, and with each discipline he used the word right. He said: Right effort, because it is very easy to move from action to inaction, from waking to sleep, but to remain in the middle is difficult.
When you are standing in the middle you are not gathering any momentum. And this is the beauty of it -- a man who is not gathering any momentum to move anywhere, can be at ease with himself, can be at home.
Friday, 1 November 2013
The animals remind us that in the Northern Hemisphere, that winter, with its ice and snow, is here. The animals remind us to be mindful of the dangers of the snow that is deep and that can trap you, and not let you go. They tell us too, about the dangers of ice, (frozen emotions) that suddenly let go, and leave you sinking into a times of despair.
Every person like every animal, needs a coping mechanism for the winter. Some animals hibernate, while others migrate, and some do a combination of the two. Food is scarce. Help the animals with seeds and other food, especially if the winter is hard.