Inspiration – Working Together

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“Begin each morning by saying to yourself:
Today I will meet people who are nosy, ungrateful, arrogant, deceitful, envious, and unsocial.
They can’t help it—they are ignorant of the difference between good and bad.
But I, who know the difference, also know that I share the same human nature with them.
I can’t be angry with my fellow humans.
We were made to work together, like pairs of hands, feet, eyelids, or rows of teeth.
To hate each other is against the laws of nature.
No one can hurt me but myself, for no one else can make me forsake the good and embrace the bad”.*

~ Marcus Aurelius

May we all come to see this wisdom and work together.

Namaste

 

*Aurelius, Marcus. The Meditations: An Emperor’s Guide to Mastery (Stoic Philosophy Book 2) (p. 11). Ancient Renewal. Kindle Edition.

Inspiration – Interbeing

“When we look deeply into a sheet of paper, we see that it’s full of everything in the cosmos: the sunshine, the trees, the clouds, the earth, the minerals, everything—except for one thing. It’s empty of one thing only: a separate self. The sheet of paper cannot be by itself alone. That is why the word inter-be can be more helpful than the word be. In fact, to be means to inter-be. The sheet of paper cannot be without the sunshine, cannot be without the forest. The sheet of paper has to inter-be with the sunshine, to inter-be with the forest.”

— Thich Nhat Hanh from Fear

When we look deeply enough, we can see everything.

Take a single leaf of romaine lettuce bought from the store. What do you see?

The seed, the earth, the minerals, the sunshine, the clouds, the rain.

Look deeper and we see the farmers; the merchants who sold it; the people who built the roads for the trucks; the people who built the trucks; the people who built the parts to the truck and the people who gathered the raw materials for those parts. Then there are the people who supported those people….

Then there’s the transport you take to get there. Who built it? Who made the clothes and shoes you wear to the store? Where did you get the money to purchase all that? And on and on and on.

All in a single leaf of romaine lettuce.

As Nhat Hanh describes, the only thing we *don’t* see is a separate self.

Everything truly is connected. Everything.

Here’s to embracing interbeing more and more in our day to day lives.

If we Believe in the Unity of us All

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If we believe in the unity of us all
Then we must let go of judging an other.
Judgment keeps us separate
And grows thorns around our hearts.
As long as we judge, we will suffer.
We are no longer living in connection
With ourselves or others.
Pause and listen to what wants to be known
Let go of spiraling thoughts.
Feel what needs to be felt.
We must touch the love within
And open our hearts to all.
This is the path to contentment.
Namaste

Greatness of Being

the universe within you

“The world encourages us to look from the limited sense of personhood – a very unstable standpoint from which we always try to find balance on very shaky ground. But you must learn to look from your source Being.

Your Being is vaster than sky, greater than space – and it is already here.

Look from your stillness, not from your agitation. You don’t have to go more than a fraction of an inch away from where you are right now to find the silence and stillness of your Being. And from here you can observe the energetic streams that are pulling your attention to go out into the field of noise and personhood, where beings are suffering from person-poison, from the toxicity of the ego.”

~ Mooji

In times like these, it’s so easy to get caught up in our personhood, or separateness and to be drawn in to arguments between “them” and “us”.

We forget that we all share the same essence of being within us. I believe that it is up to those of us who have touched this source Being, (whether we name it Universe, Presence, God, Divine, Spirit or Love) to share our energy with others who are struggling.

Only through our awakening to a shared consciousness and inter-dependence on each other and our precious Earth can we hope to survive and evolve as human beings.

May we all awaken to this humble loving greatness of Being.

Namaste

The Same Substance

all the same substance

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How can we be separate
when we’re the same substance, body and soul,
collections of the same atoms
and channels of the same soul force?

Let’s be like children
whose beings are too empty
to be filled with distinctions
too open to be closed off by prejudice
too fluid to be cogged up with concepts –
so whole and so connected that they don’t need to build
a fortress of identity.

What is it that separates us?
Only the illusion of identity –
only the illusion of separateness

~ Steve Taylor

 

Today, let us embrace the all-knowing naive child within us.

Be kind. Have fun. Laugh.

 

Your Place in Nature

 

Accept your place in nature

The truth, you will then plainly see,

We’re but a melody, in one grand overture,

Like the rustling leaves of a tree.*

~ Bryant McGill

 

* Bryant McGill; Jenni Young. Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life (Kindle Locations 3443-3444). SRN Publishing. Kindle Edition.

Inspiration – Om So Hum Mantra

There is much healing to be done and love to be shared through raising our voices and opening our hearts. We are one.

Om So Hum translates as:

Om = the sound of the universe

So = I am

Hum = that or he

* You are a Drop

drop in the ocean

“You are a drop:
Divine being is the ocean.
While you still live,
hold steadily before you
the vision of the whole
and you will be the whole.”

– Jalal-ud-Din Rumi
(Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)*

 

Let us hold steady before us the vision of the whole.

Don’t let the divisiveness and turmoil distract us from what is yet to be revealed.

Let us trust in the ocean.

Namaste

* Inspiration – Generate Love

giving love

“For creatures who want to be loved, appreciated, even adored, we certainly go about fulfilling our desire in a curiously unfulfilling way. Instead of manufacturing it ourselves in the little love machine inside our chests, we complain about not getting enough of it, search frantically for someone to give it to us, and try to make ourselves more lovable by improving our looks or earning more money.

But the truth is, the Beatles got it right. The love you take is equal to the love you make.
In other words, the most effective way to get love is to generate it yourself.

By cultivating caring loving feelings you can actually provide yourself with the nourishment you seek.”

~ Stephen Bodian

This is such a potent message for any one of us when we feel alone, and are down. Nourish yourself first with caring feelings, if you truly want to bring more love into your life.

It isn’t easy to shift perspectives like this, but it is possible when we bring awareness to it.

When we complain about how unfair life is, resent the happiness of others, or lament the lack of love in our life, we are cutting ourselves off from the nourishment we need and the very thing we long for.

Instead of focusing on not having enough, pay attention to what you do have. Commit to being kind every day. Be caring towards others. Take care of yourself as you would your dearest friend.

And give to others from your heart.

Namaste

 

* Self Absorption and Empathy

self absorbed

“Self-absorption in all its forms kills empathy, let alone compassion. When we focus on ourselves, our world contracts as our problems and preoccupations loom large.
But when we focus on others, our world expands.
Our own problems drift to the periphery of the mind and so seem smaller, and we increase our capacity for connection – or compassionate action.”

~ Daniel Goleman from Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships

This is big.
For our society and the world.
For every adolescent about to reach adulthood.
For every man and woman asking “What’s in it for me?”

There cannot be peace in the world as long as we remain self absorbed and competing against one another.

The answer lies within each and every one of us.
Now is the time to feed into the greater good of humanity and connect with empathy to our fellow human beings.

You can start now by focusing on understanding others and expanding your world. Be curious rather than judge those who don’t fit in to your way of thinking. Embrace a new perspective.

We are all imperfect.
We all have beliefs, values and feelings. We all have needs and want to be loved, belong and be happy.

We cannot focus on our own happiness, without being concerned about the happiness of others.

After all, everything is connected.

 interconnected

* Reflection – spiritual cowbell

cows with cowbells

“When you meet the Master, he puts a spiritual cowbell around your neck so that wherever you go, both he and you know where you each are and so can laugh together. For when you hear that bell, you are immediately reminded of your inseparableness from the Master.”* ~ Mooji

I smiled when I read this today. Have you noticed others with cowbells? They are the peeps that we immediately feel attuned and connected to. We seem to be drawn to each other like magnets.

Walking along the street in Philadelphia the other day, I felt the cow bell vibration with a few people among the crowds. We made eye contact and smiled.

And then I thought back to how I was earlier in life as I walked along the street. As a young child, I wanted people to see me. I wanted to be noticed and for people to admire me. But I was told that people didn’t like show offs, and so I became someone who tried to go unnoticed in the street.

When I walked down a city street I avoided eye contact and kept my gaze to the ground. After all, I was also told that there could be mean people out there. As an adult I saw the evidence of this belief, as most people were also looking downwards….

When I started to look up, I wonder if it was the recognition of our connectedness  or that I became self assured to hold my head up high and really see…

 

* Mooji (2015-12-03). White Fire: Spiritual insights and teachings of advaita zen master Mooji (Kindle Locations 1546-1548). Mooji Media Publications. Kindle Edition.