Peace

Keep peace at all cost, nothing is worth disturbing your peace.  If we practice a spritual way of life peace will flow through us.  Without peace we can not be of maximum benifit to anyone especially our selves.  The spiritual life is great to talk about and investigative but it is infinitely better when we are practicing what we are reading about. I spent many years just reading without much practicing and could talk a good game but it didn’tnhelp me or anyone else.  Once I started to practice and understand people and life I didn’t really need the big talk anymore.  One of my favorite mantras is peace, understanding, love and compassion.  This mantra transformed my way of thinking it allowed me to remember peace was my true nature and when I had a proper understanding of anything people included I could handle them with love and compassion.  When I truly understand people and situations judgement slips away and I have peace.  Life for me is about serving others while having peace and love in my heart its not always easy and I don’t always succeed but its always worth it when I do.  This doesn’t always come natural to me so I have reminders all over and I try.  I also always try to remember when I am faiking I am still learning and being guided by grace. Doing the dishes was always something I hated then when reading some Thich Nhat Hanh he spoke about doing dishes as a meditation and I tried this practice.  Doing dishes is now something that is part of my practice and keeps me in the moment.  I have used this technique for a bunch of things I never liked and it now helps me maintain my peace.  What do you do that brings you back to your antural state of peace?

Peace Love Das

Help

Over my life many many people have helped me. From my parents to my family, friends, cowokers and complete strangers. At one point in my life I was at an all time low and really didn’t see the point in going on but a complete stranger completely changed my life with the help of a few others. It tramsformed the way I live, think and act. There was just one catch, I would have to help others once I was in a postion to do so. Today I am very happy most of the time and help as many people as I can. You can always do more but honestly doing your best is what you can do on any given day. I will help just about anyone as long as I beilieve they will help others someday and who am I kidding even if they won’t. People helped me when I didn’t deserve it and was not very appreciative of it so I try to see where people are coming from and lend a helping hand. I found out a couple things along this journey. 1 the people who lash out and cause suffering are usually suffering the most and need the most help and 2 I dont know if anyone benefits from it more than me I have more love and understanding in my heart than I have ever had because of this journey and for that I am grateful.

What do you think?  Will you help others today? A family member? Friend? Coworker? Stranger?  Well for the maximum spiritual benifit I suggest helping an enemy and in the end you will find out you dont have any.

Peace Love Das

The Golden Rule

So recently The Golden Rule has come up a lot in conversations so I would like to take a short look at it now cause hey it is on my mind.  ” One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself” or some version of that many are out there.  I think it is a fantastic rule in the broad sense to me it means treat others with love and compassion.  The problem that I think we run into and I say we cause I’m in the boat from time to time, is that we centralize this and put it in line with our egos.  When this rule is viewed with our ego in the forefront it can be far from loving and even cruel.  Just because something is a way specifically you want to be treated does not mean everyone else feels the same way about a particular act.  So it takes understanding(which leads to compassion) when employing this rule properly.  For example when going through a tough situation I dig joking about it, it takes a lot of the bite out of the situation in the beginning especially before I have had a chance to process it.  Like when I lost my job after 6 years and I knew it was coming to an end it became a joke between my best friend and I.  After a long wait it finally happened I didn’t know what I was going to do next and I was worried about it for a long time.  When I phoned my friend to give him the news that this event finally took place he said “It’s about time, want to go hiking”.  Which made me laugh and took a lot out of the situation, he also had the understanding of me and how I am to properly read the situation and respond accordingly.  Now if I responded with a joke when some people I am friends with were going through a serious situation it would hurt them incredibly they would not see the humor because it is not the way they want to be treated.  If I am letting my ego run the show I can say screw them I wouldn’t get upset what’s wrong with them.  Nothing is wrong with them not everyone wants to be treated the way you do and if we view them with a loving heart we can see that.  Nobody is perfect and we are going to hurt some people that is for sure but we can sure cut down on the amount of hurt we cause by keeping and open heart and understanding the people we have the most impact on the people around us that we know and love.  If we have better understanding of the way they would like to be treated it can cause less suffering for everyone in the long run. 

 

So to wrap it up treat people with love and compassion not specifically the way you want to be treated.  We can go a lot further in our relationships with people close to us if we treat them the way they want to be treated.

 

What is your take on this one?

 

Peace Love Das