"Faith, acts promptly and boldly on the occasion, on slender evidence."
It's comforting to choose a path that seems well-lit and predictable. But, once in a while, we seem to know with inexplicable confidence that it's time to take a risk.
Moving in faith takes a joyful heart and willingness to surrender perfectionism. Those leaps, both big and small, bring us to a new level of living, thinking and loving.
It is so easy to allow your emotions to get involved during a conversation and to permit yourself to vent your anger or frustrations through your words. While this feels really good at the time, later it can come back to cause you many problems.
It is just not worth the risk or the stress of wondering if what you said will be used against you in some way. When you resist the urge to spout off and express your opinion, you are guaranteed not to have to deal with any adverse consequences of your speech at a later time.
“Your friend has a friend, and your friend’s friend has a friend; be discreet.”
Even if you are speaking to someone who you consider close, it is wise to watch what you say because it may be repeated or used against you somewhere down the road, when your relationship may not be as close. “A person should be careful never to tell tales of oneself to one own disadvantage; people may be amused, and laugh at the time, but they will be remembered, and brought up against oneself upon some subsequent occasion."
Relationships change, just like everything else in this world. Someone you may be on friendly terms with today may change her feelings towards you in the future and use things you have disclosed to her against you. It is the safest policy not to disclose personal information which can be used against you and to carefully watch what you say.
Don’t allow yourself to get carried away during any conversation. Namaste Love light and peace ps/smoh
An old friend was sharing that finally the personality was gone and she was “no longer there.” After 30+ years of dedicating herself to awakening, liberation, enlightenment, she had “made it.” At last, there was “no more self."
I wasn’t really sure what to say. It felt as if she was looking for some acknowledgement, some mirroring, some validation. It was sweet, in a way. I turned inward, scanning for any somatic response. I mostly felt raw, just really open, a bit sad, and a bit shaken, wondering how the precious journey of human spirituality ever came to be about not having a personality or a self, or so wrapped up in following the call to be in a “state” other than the one that is here now. When exactly did spirituality become about the egoic need to prove to others and yourself that you are free from the ego?
The ego is such a wily and creative character. It has an uncanny way of being able to get its hands into even the most subtle and sacred experiences and make them its own, wrapping its tightly-woven cocoon around the nakedness of our humanity.
After our exchange, I reflected upon the fact that the truly “awakened” people I have been privileged to meet have very strong personalities, are very much “there,” and use the gift of thought and egoic process as skillful means to help others, not to further the dream of separation. They are riveted in the here and now, radically embodied, and profanely human. They are people of the earth, passionately interested in what is happening in the hearts of the others around them, and not terribly interested in moving into some other “higher” state of consciousness. Rather, they are moved deeply by *this* state of consciousness, whatever it might be, curious about its texture and its color and its unique gifts. For them, there is no longer any reference point of what “state” of consciousness they happen to be in, but rather how can they move so deeply into the unknown that love has no other option but to pour though them, forever touching everyone and everything in its wake.
“It's having a cup of tea with your old dad, or your mum.....your hand brushing against his or hers as you reach for the sugar, and it's not understanding any of it anymore, but it's radically being here, present and awake to what is, being in love with it all even when it hurts, being in love with the one in front of you, for this may be the last time you ever meet, father, sister, mother, brother, husband, wife, friend...”
It’s about being so in love with this life, with *this* state of consciousness, feet firmly planted right here on this earth, intertwined with time and space, allowing the movement of transcendence to burn up in the fire of unknowingness, of groundlessness, of uncertainty. Finally, home, always home, never having left home, in the midst of it all—the screaming babies, the unpaid bills, the ever-expanding to-do list, the scariness of intimacy, the grief, the joy, the sadness, the anger, the anxiety, the tenderness, the depression, the unbearable bliss.
Discovering in just one moment of right here, right now, when the heart is so fragile that its falling apart seems imminent; finding that it’s all sacred, that it's all there is, and that there is not—and never was—a dividing line between the sacred and the profane, between the “Divine” and, what, the non-Divine? What would that be actually? And all of these old concepts and spiritual conditioning obliterate themselves into a yummy pile of grace-honey that you fall into, willingly, getting sticky with the sweet goo that is this life, in all its infinite expressions, in all its wonder and pain and joy, its never-ending and forever incomprehensible grace... and then arising out of all of it, the only response that makes any sense whatsoever… a profound gratitude, for this reality, this body, this state of consciousness, these senses. What a miracle.
One common theme is that quality of life is closely related
to your sense of connection, community and belonging, your focus on
contribution helping others.
I currently have clarity but inaction that makes no sense,
only reason can be fear. That’s actually the default outcome; everything does turn out okay, at least to the level of you being able to make another choice and move on. That is a tall order to feel simultaneously, but I believe it’s both possible and already the truth deep inside you. But psychological fear is only a colourful product of the
mind. Think about the amount of times you have been worried and things turned
Why would you hold on to something that does not serve you?
As Yoda said: Train yourself to let go... of everything you fear to lose.
I like to remind myself that logic is over-rated as well. Fear; self-doubt are the great roadblocks of our time
some would say.When we figure out how
to overcome fear; self-doubt ... All our dreams will come true. BUT even
with no fear and excellent self-confidence you will have restrictions on what
you can achieve.
Do all the inner work, hustle, awareness and spiritual hula
dance you want – you will only reach so far holistically.
Your blueprint is
Fancy words and theory don’t really interest me that much
now. I’m highly pragmatic and down to earth these days….mud before clouds.
Seriously, I would have thought you had figured out
abundance by now. So, what are eloquent words and concepts worth, if they do
not elevate you and your community? It’s just mental masturbation for your mind
to keep chasing its tail.
Spirituality is not dead, but for me the next phase will be
based on 100% inner impulse and guidance, found in everyday life, nature and
As for good and bad; No, of course there is no good or bad.
Millions of people are doing wonderful things with
contribution to society, while having abundant financial lives and great
I see no friction in that, money is natural. It’s what you
do with the energy of money that gives it an identity.
"Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress." ##hope this answered your question
My travels now are in a way research. I’m okay with not
achieving anything grand, not having a huge impact on others, building my own
company or working for a notable cause. Contributing to the change of
consciousness is found in the details; notice the details and the space in
My most cherished mood is feeling Safe; feeling safe
physically, emotionally, free from worry about plans/choices/FOMO, finances,
health, connections, commitments, relationships – while being able to support
the people I love and the things I do.
I had lofty ideas 10 years ago, but now I understand that
life resides in the everyday little things. It’s all there; everything you want
Do hang around for the next dip into the valley of darkness,
because it will come. Such are the waves and seasons.
In retrospect, I see much wisdom gained from that contrast;
the crashes, isolation, escapism, destructive behaviour and long nights.
Those sunny days where Unicorns and Care Bears dance boogie
on fluffy clouds are soothing and look good on Instagram posts, but I’ll take
I want both, because that’s what a good life adventure is
Be sure to appreciate what you've got before it becomes what You had. Gratitude applies to everyone and everything in our lives so be sure that your Attitude is one of Gratitude. None of us know for sure when our number is up, so be grateful every day for all those in your life.