Think Think Think Stop

That’s all we do sometimes and it makes us crazy. We think about what we want, what we think we need, what we have to do even though we cant do it right now, where we think we should be in life and what we think will make us happy. The thing is if we stopped all this constant thinking about this stuff we would be much happier. Sure planning is good a little bit of daydreaming is sweet but when we think to much about what we dont have or what we need it completely takes us out of the present moment. Witness something grand or do something that makes you alive in the present moment, all this thinking stops and the happiness flows in. The happiness flows in because that is our natural state.  If we practice just being in the present and stop making noise in our own head we would be much happier.  Something I have to remind myself of often.

Peace Love Das

Frame of Mind

It doesn’t matter what you are doing the the proper frame of mind will always make it easier and possibly more enjoyable.  I can hike all day and stay up half the night no problem but put in one of my 16 hour work days and I’m dragging ass all over the place.  It’s because my frame of mind is all wrong if I only found joy in my work the same way I do in hiking I would have all the energy I need. If I stay positive the daily grind no matter what it is, it’s just easier.  I try to stay away from the bitching and complaining the kind that comes out of my mouth, other people’s mouths and most of all the kind rolling around my head.  I also try to start my day with some positive music or a prayer, it is always esier for me to get the ball rolling in the right direction if I aim first.  What do you do to stay in the right frame of mind?

Peace Love Das

Taking A Break

Sometimes in life you have to take a break and smell the roses. Life can get so busy woth work and other life stuffs that we lose sight of whats really important. This week I am taking a break, the little lady and I are on vacation in south Florida visiting my family and having an overall fun filled time. With recently moving being super busy at work it is definitely welcome. Also great to see my brother and sisters to remember where I come from. Life seems a little slower right now and a whole lot more precious. It important things to remember at all times but sometimes we need a reminder. I feel truly blessed right now and hope to remember it whe. I get back to daily life. The sun is always shinning even if there are some flouds swirling around we just have to look a little harder.

Peace Love Das

Happiness

Happiness happens the moment you stop worrying about what you need to be happy. If you are worried about getting this or that all the time to be happy your gonna be pretty miserable. Many of the times I am most at peace I am doing something that anyone could do, nithing that takes a lit of money but more having an appreciation for what is given freely. I try to look at things through a childs eyes as if I am witnessing them for the first time, with out judgement just reaching out with my heart and loving understanding.

Peace Love Das
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Shine A Light To Destroy The Shadows

One of my favorite readers asked me this question lately “How do you push bad thoughts out of your head so you don’t become a prisoner of them, especially at night when you are trying to sleep?”  That is a tough question but here goes, first off be careful of what you consume throughout the day.  In Buddhism this is called mindful consumption and not only does it include what we eat but also what we listen to, watch on tv and even what we think.  I used to perform hypnosis for therapeutic reason and while going through school to be able to do so I realized something very important we are being hypnotized every second of every day and a lot of what we are taking in is bad.  We hear all this negative stuff and it becomes a program, when your brain has nothing else to do it keeps running this program.  When I started to change my life for the positive simple things had a large impact especially the type of music I was listening to.  Listening to some uplifting music on my way to work in the morning helped me through the entire day.  So being aware of what I consume today is very important no matter where it is coming from.  I have to stalk how I am feeling and what is causing those feelings without judgment of myself or the situation then I can work to change what caused them.

I also had to start living right make sure I was doing good and not causing other people harm, make sure I was trying on a regular basis to improve the way I treated myself and others.  I had to look at the negative stuff I did and make it right.  As negative situations came up in my life I had to take what action I could for that day and put it to rest, once all you can do is done its done.  I had to stop living in fear of stuff some stuff that was never going to happen and I was living through it anyway in my mind.

The thing that helped most with all this was prayer and meditation.  Prayer for me is talking to a higher power and meditation is listening to that same power or at least being in its presence.  As these two practices helped to ground me and allowed me the singleness of mind to see things how the were in reality not what I was doing to distorted them the action I was taking in life had better results or at least I didn’t care or was attached to them.  I could make better decisions and act in life not just react from my ego.  As I came more established in this way of life I found something magical had happened when my head hit the pillow at the end of the day I was at peace and went right to sleep.  As I shined the light of mindfulness through prayer, meditation and right living the shadows that were keeping me up were instantly destroyed.

I hope I answered the original question or at least that was what you needed to hear.

 

Peace Love Das

 

Life

Life has amazing twist and turns 10 or even 5 years ago I would have never pictured myself where I am today.  Most of the stuff I was worried about never happened and the things that did I never saw coming.  Some of the worst things that happened to me over that time turned out to be the best and some of the best turned out to be the worst.  Which lets me know I don’t always know what I want or need in the long run.  All the worrying in the world never got me anywhere but lost to all the beauty that was around me.  Today I try to keep that in mind to bring the light of mindfulness to every moment, help others where I can and try to spread a wave of smiles wherever I go.  It doesn’t always work out that way but I try and if it doesn’t work out there is always tomorrow.  Being love and spreading peace is what its all about these days and trying to extend that to everyone I come across isn’t always easy but always worth it.  When I flex the love muscle(keep it clean) it gets stronger and my smile gets brighter.  When I was being a spiteful person in my youth full of anger and hate I thought I was strong and in control.  Showing love and forgiveness is where real strength comes in today and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

Peace Love Das

Stop Teaching Hate

When we stop teaching hate and start fostering the love that we are born with we will start to see a decline in they types of events that happened in Boston today.  My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who has been effected in this tragedy. We need to foster understanding of one another, take time to show people we care and stop teaching hate to our youths. I do not subscribe to any belief that anyone is better than anyone else, because of sex, religion, skin color, sexual orientation or any other reason. Some people are taught very early on that some group of people are wrong for some character trait, they take this information from their parents and run with it and some take it to extreme levels which is why I believe these events keep taking place. People go through tough times and they look for someone to blame and usually it is who they are taught to blame from their parents or society. The truth is a lot of the suffering they are going through in the first place maybe could have been helped from spending time with some of the people they have been shown to hate. With all the stuff in the news these days I still believe that most people are good people, what makes me believe this, you ask? I talk to people and get to know them regardless of how they look, dress or how much money they have.

If we all took the time to understand one another maybe we could have a few more hugs and a lot less bombs.

Peace Love Das

2 Measures of Spritual Progress

1. Am I at peace?

2. Am I helping others?

 

That’s it! That’s what I generally boil it down to.  Am I at peace? Is there joy in my life or am I dreading everyday?  Am I getting better at living life going through it with more peace in my heart.  If I am not a peace it is time to change something, keep track of what works and keeping moving towards that peace.

Now onto number 2, Am I helping others?  Well what good is all the peace and good vibes if you are not sharing it and no I don’t mean banging on doors with some spiritual book in your hand.  I mean being nicer to be people allowing them to live life, holding a door, making a donation, helping in hard times, general good will to mankind and doing so without judgment in your heart.

 

Well, how do you gauge your progress? 

 

Peace Love Das

Spring Foward

Spring is a great time of year I love seeing things come back to life and for me it is a time of action.  Winter is a time of building energy and reflecting on where we have been but the energy of spring always urges me to move forward.  Lately I have been diving deep into meditation and really expanding my spiritual life yet again.  The people around me are always an inspiration moving forward in all aspects of life weather its at the gym, on the hiking trail, at work or in their relationships.  I love switching gears and I tend to get into reading mode when I am doing my spiritual practice and it sometimes becomes less of a practice.  One thing I was shown after years of filling my self with spiritual/religious knowledge that a little practice would go a lot further and I have found this to be absolutely true in my life and the impact it has on others.  I try to keep reminders of where I am going all over the place to keep me on track.  My spiritual literature is staged on my night stands, my mala is around my neck and some kirtan is on my radio.  Whatever you are doing keep your motivation close at hand ever reminding you of what you are working towards but don’t forget to enjoy the journey as well.

 

 

Peace Love Das

Meal Time

So I am away from home this week and it is coming close to time to grab something to eat.  At no time is it more present to me how much we take for granted when it comes to sharing a meal.  If we are fortunate to enough to have an abundant food source we should be counting our lucky stars already, but if on a regular basis we get to share this time with the people we love we are the luckiest people of all.  Some of the best times I have in life come during sharing a meal with friends and family.  I am lucky enough to be surrounded by great cooks as well which definatlly helps the experince.  So if your sitting down tonight with the people you love, to have a nice meal, say a little prayer of thanks and let the people around you know how much it means for you to be sitting with them.

 

Peace Love Das