So these days I have noticed something, I am an asshole, maybe not outwardly yet but it’s brewing and will come up if I don’t smother it with loving kindness for myself and those around me. I sure hope it has not effected those around me too bad and that I have caught it before it does so. This spiritual thing many of us do is not a one time deal, it’s an ongoing practice like mindfulness meditation. You take your time and you progress and you get better but when you loose your focus you have to return to it time and time again. The dangerous part is not that I can see this asshole way of action and behavior rearing it’s ugly head, that’s a good thing, the worry is and always will be what if I get to a point where I don’t see it and I am taking stuff out on those around me. That’s why it’s so important to be mindful of thoughts and actions to prevent suffering. So it’s another round of meditation for me before bed, maybe some chanting and I will definitely break open my copy of Creating True Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh which I strongly recommend. Hope you are all doing well on your journey tonight and practicing loving kindness towards all.
Peace Love Das
We are all on a journey through life always going somewhere but it is important to look around and enjoy the journey. Too often we focus on the end game, this point we want to be at and miss the joy of life that is happening right now. I for one am not here to miss this beautiful ride there are things I want in life and I try to work towards them and I believe they will be good when I get there but I am already somewhere and it is time to enjoy, right now. Many of us are to focused on when I make this much money, when I have this house, when I write this book and many other far off goals. The truth is if we are not grateful for this moment for the things we have now we probably won’t be for long even when these goals are achieved. Happiness is available now, there is so much life to live and we might as well enjoy it. I started thinking about this while I was staying out way too late on a work night talking to someone very close to me. Yes I had work the next morning super early, but I got the most out of that night was present in the moment sucking the marrow out of life. Many amazing moments are given up by not being present in the life around us may we all move towards mindfulness and be present right now.
Peace Love Das
I have been thinking more and more about the effects of our surroundings. I go though ebbs and flows on this path like anyone else. Sometimes spiritual pursuit is in the forefront of my mind but sometimes life gets busy and it is easier to just slack off. By the time I have this realization I am consuming without thought and certainly without mindfulness. I get into what I call autopilot, just going through life and not experiencing so much. I do not control as much of what I am consuming, with my eyes, my mouth, my ears and my mind. In the beginning little effect is seen I listen to a little negative music no worries. Watch a little too much news and some bad TV not too bad. Eat some bad food that is not good for me what can it hurt. A little gossip just for fun cause after all I am just talking. Then wham straight to the face with negative thinking and I am in a rut. Everything around us has the potential to effect us physically, spiritually and mentally. While a little of this would not hurt us if we are keeping a spiritual mindset the cumulative effects add up but it does seem to hit suddenly or maybe the realization just comes on that way. I try to stay mindful of what I am in taking in these days try to set aside some time each day to meditate and pray. Maybe listen to some uplifting music and read some scripture. The effects of these small actions can have a great and sudden impact on myself and those around me cause I am better equipped to be in the world when in a spiritual mindset. If a fraction of the world spent a little more time on the positive and a little less time on the news, reality TV, the latest want, junk food and gossip to name a few the world might be a much brighter place to live in. While I think with how busy we are now with all our distractions we spend less and less time on spirituality and more and more time on mindless endeavors. A good test for me is when I drive to work in the morning if I am disturbed about the traffic I am not doing what I should but when I am checking out the trees and the clouds I’m on the right path. With so much advancement in the world these days I think everybody could use a little more time to advance their hearts.
What did you consume today?
Peace Love Das