Enlightenment and Inner Division

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This wisdom from Adyashanti gave me pause for thought today.

Adyashanti on Enlightenment and Inner Division

“Most human beings spend their lives battling with opposing inner forces: what they think they should do versus what they are doing; how they feel about themselves versus how they are; whether they think they’re right and worthy or wrong and unworthy.
The separate self is just the conglomeration of these opposing forces. When the self drops away, inner division drops away with it.

Now, I can’t say that I never make a mistake, because in this human world being enlightened doesn’t mean we become experts at everything. What does happen, though, is that personal motivations disappear.
Only when enlightenment occurs do we realize that virtually everything we did, from getting out of bed to going to work to being in a relationship to pursuing our pleasures and interests, was motivated by personal concern.
In the absence of a separate self, there’s no personal motivation to do anything. Life just moves us.

When personal motivation no longer drives us, then what’s left is our true nature, which naturally expresses itself on the human dimension as love or compassion.
Not a compassion that we cultivate or practice because we’re supposed to, but a compassion that arises spontaneously from our undivided state. If we undertake being a good, compassionate person as a personal identity, it just gets in the way of awakening.”

As we continue on this path, the inner conflict and critical inner voice lessens, then disappears. We come to a place of inner knowing and compassion for ourselves and the world. This is the motivation that will drive us for the rest of our lives.

Namaste

Dharma Tail Wagging

Yesterday, we had to take down a diseased ash tree which was close to the house. I always feel sad when a tree comes down. Afterwards the dogs enjoyed the new smells and opportunity to dig… especially our  Dilys. Terriers follow their instincts and have such a good time digging and going underground!

She had so much fun, and didn’t want to come in.

I laughed, not just at her, but at myself.  I drive nearly 5 hours to have a similar experience at Kripalu, and she explores her dharma and finds joy in her own back yard.

Perhaps there’s a lesson here. ☺️

 

Pearl of Wisdom – What do I Want?

inner pearl

You ask “What do I want from the world?”

Taking has become the norm

To satisfy the hole inside of  you.

The answer lies not in the wanting, but in the giving

“What do I have to give to the world?”

In the giving you become whole.

Namaste

Celebrate Each Moment of the Journey

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Image by Peikwen Cheng – Journey Together  http://peikwen.com/

“Who knows why life unfolds
the way it does: why we choose
one path or another, share the
way for a while or a day, then
say goodbye. There is no
predictability here, and less
control that we might wish.
But there is a quiet urging
of the heart, the knowing in
the soul, the wisdom that’s
beneath the mind, accessible
if we breathe and turn inside.

When the tide of change rolls
in we can resist or be at peace,
struggle or release. The stuff
of life may not be ours to
understand. It’s enough to
offer love, to receive the best
and worst, to embrace and
say farewell. What matters
most is to celebrate each
moment of the journey.”

~ Danna Faulds “Celebrate the Journey”

 

As we give our best, give our love, and trust in the quiet urging of our heart, let us celebrate the journey.

Namaste

Living your Dharma

“It is better to strive in one’s own dharma than to succeed in the dharma of another. Nothing is ever lost in following one’s own dharma. But competition in another’s dharma breeds fear and insecurity.”

~ Lord Krishna in The Bhagavad Gita

The content of the Bhagavad Gita consists of a conversation between Krishna, the  manifestation of the Lord, and the warrior prince Arjuna before the start of the Kurukshetra war. Krishna is advising Arjuna as he hesitates and is full of doubt about going to war against his cousins. Krishna reveals to Arjuna that his dharma is being a Warrior. The Gita points the way to following the yogic path of living in harmony with universal laws as we strive to live our highest truths.

Middle ground

Photo by Joshua Earle

Dharma comes from the Sanskrit dhri, which means “to support, hold up or bear.”

The word means many things, but according to Eknath Easwaran, dharma “implies support from within: the essence of a thing, its virtue, that which makes it what it is.”

On a larger scale, dharma means “the essential order of things, an integrity and harmony in the universe and the affairs of life that cannot be disturbed without courting chaos. Thus it means rightness, justice, goodness, purpose rather than chance.”

In essence, we all have our own “dharma” or purpose and reason for being alive. As Krishna states in the Gita, following someone else’s dharma brings insecurity. If you live your life trying to impress others and not fulfilling what you’re here to do, you will suffer.

In yoga teacher training, we were asked to contemplate what our personal dharma was. For me, it took some time for the wisdom to be come to the light of day.  I journalled and asked myself what was it that I have always lived by. What was beyond the roles I played in life and the jobs I had had. What gave my life meaning and purpose….

I discovered that my dharma was to “learn, grow and share”. This is what I have always done, and will always do. Yep – if I was on the TV series Survivor I would be doing it. It fills me with joy and gives my life meaning. It is my authentic path.

Have you considered what your dharma is in this life? Take time to let this question settle in to the deepest part of your being.

Then consider – Are you living your dharma? Or struggling to fulfill someone else’s ideas about who you should be and what you should do?

Namaste

Inspiration – Breaking Surface

girl on her journey

Let no one keep you from your journey,
no rabbi or priest, no mother
who wants you to dig for treasures
she misplaced, no father
who won’t let one life be enough,
no lover who measures their worth
by what you might give up,
no voice that tells you in the night
it can’t be done.

Let nothing dissuade you
from seeing what you see
or feeling the winds that make you
want to dance alone
or go where no one
has yet to go.

You are the only explorer.
Your heart, the unreadable compass.
Your soul, the shore of a promise
too great to be ignored.

~ Mark Nepo*

The last verse  makes my heart soar!

Let us all listen to the truth within us and honor it today… and every day.

Namaste

 

*Nepo, Mark. The Way Under the Way: The Place of True Meeting (Kindle Locations 373-383). Sounds True. Kindle Edition.

* Inspiration – Within You

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All that you need, you have within you, waiting to be recognized, nurtured and allowed to grow.

An acorn contains within it a mighty oak tree.

You contain the same within you.

Just as the acorn is planted and tended to enable it to grow, so you must activate the dormant seed within you.

Are you ready to burst your bonds and become free?

To do so, choose the right environment and supportive people around you. Nourish your body so that it is a fit container for this emerging true self.

and Find your Middle Ground.

It doesn’t have to be a world changing thing to start to bring about this growing spurt, no matter what age you are!

Find the time, (and perhaps courage) to recall an earlier part of your life and see it as a compassionate observer. Notice how far you have come… and the fork in the road that you may have been ignored.

Buy that bathing suit/swimsuit that you know will allow you to feel the freedom of swimming or simply floating again. Let go of what other people might think!

Be curious to know more! Climb that tree to see what’s on the other side.

Take a moment to notice your breath when you become anxious. Then take a class to find out more about breathing and meditation and how it impacts your health and well being.

Turn off your smartphone.

When we pause and find our middle ground, we open the door to a whole new way of living life in balance, with creativity and never ending possibility.

“What is my purpose in life?”

The answer is simple…

My thanks go to Lou over at Zen Flash 💛

Zen Flash

“What is my purpose in life?” I asked the void. “What if I told you that you fulfilled it when you took an extra hour to talk to that kid about his life?” said the voice. “Or when you paid for that young couple in that restaurant? Or when you saved that dog in traffic? Or when you tied your father’s shoes for him?”

“Your problem is that you equate purpose with goal-based achievement. God or the Universe or morality isn’t interested in your achievements… just your heart. When you choose to act out of kindness, compassion and love, you are already aligned with your true purpose. No need to look any further.”

From ~ Note to Self ~

Source: Tao & Zen

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* Haiku – your message

Your life is your message

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine — David Allen of Stone Point Studios

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Find Your Middle Ground

Let your life be your message

Written from the heart

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* Your Life is Your Message

“Once, while Mahatma Gandhi’s train was pulling slowly out of the station, a European reporter ran up to his compartment window. “Do you have a message I can take back to my people?” he asked. It was Gandhi’s day of silence, a vital respite from his demanding speaking schedule, so he didn’t reply. Instead, he scrawled a few words on a scrap of paper and passed it to the reporter: “My life is my message.””
~ Eknath Easwaran from Your Life Is Your Message

Gandhi chose to have a day of silence as part of his message to the world. His message was peace and that is how he lived his life.

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We all have the opportunity to go beyond “walking our talk” and living our life with meaning and purpose.
It is up to us to choose what matters and then live by it. In doing so I believe we also connect to a higher consciousness.

I recall 5 years ago when I was asked what was most important aspect of my life? My answer was “yoga”. Yet I wasn’t truly living it. I was fitting it in around my life. I was “doing” it rather than “being” it.

Living true to our beliefs, our values and what we cherish, creates meaning and purpose that expands beyond our individual selves.

So, how are you living your life?

Everything shifts and changes with time. What was important to us 10 years ago may not be as relevant today.

Is the way you are living your life now, your message to the world? … Or perhaps it’s time to realign and find out what’s truly important.

If you were to shift towards a more authentic way of living, where could you start to bring about change?

Let your inner wisdom guide you towards transformation and living your life with meaning.

Its never too late 🙂

live life well

* Pondering The Dharma

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Dharma
Means our duty,
Our natural purpose.
It’s the dharma of the sun to shine.
It’s the dharma of a cat to chase mice.
Its the dharma of human beings to learn to love

Love is the work of the soul.
Love is the joy beyond all form.

So let us bury the grudge and all the sorrows
And do our soul work together,
Clumsy though our steps may be..

God didn’t create this park so we could just play.
But what do I know?

Pondering the Dharma by John Mundahl

 I love this pondering.

What if our purpose is simply to learn to love.

Its a heart warming thought.

Who really knows?… 🙂

* Existence – Alan Watts Inspiration

Are you ready for some wonderful images and radical insights from Alan Watts?  I really enjoy his mind opening perspectives!

Why not join me and take a few moments to pause and reflect on this.

Existence is relationship … and you are smack in the middle of it!