Does your spirituality help you in life? For many years mine did not I was more on a fact finding mission. Reading everything I could from every religion, waiting for that magic moment when one of these books would change my life. Yes I was going for happiness not through materialistic means but I was still looking for that magic potion that would transform me. I could talk for hours about one religion or another from Christianity to Voodoo but it wasn’t doing me a bit of good. It was actually doing the opposite it was giving me pride and making me more susceptible to the illusion of pain. Two things happened I read the quote “most people are only as happy as they make up their mind to be” and one of my spiritual teachers told me all the information in the world won’t help you unless you bring it into your life. I at once set my mind to being happy in all situations, I thought after all I have been miserable when everything was going good so why cant the opposite be possible and be happy even when the crap hits the fan. I also started practicing some of the things I was reading. Making them a part of my daily life. A small bit of practice has been worth so much more than all the studying I did in the years past had a positive impact on my life more than I could ever hope for. I try to keep these practices going in good times and bad. Its alot easier to pick up the spiritual tool kit in hard times if you use it everyday no matter what but sometimes we forget to use it until pain motivates.
What will you do today as part of your parctice?
Peace Love Das
This quote or versions of it are commonly the attributed to Saint Francis many believe it to be a misquote. Regardless of who said it I believe it holds much spiritual knowledge. Many people and spiritual teachers talk all day long but none of that talk translate to their daily life and that’s a shame. To me the greatest spiritual teachers lead by example. They don’t tell people the their way is the way but a way. They live the path they choose through experience and many of them never speak about it. Their way is shown through their actions. Spirituality should never be hey do as I say but more a do as I live or better yet this is how I live you can see how it works for me if you want more info I can try to explain it.
So by your actions what do you preach on a daily basis? Is it something that would benefit the world? Do you receive benifits from it? Would you teach it to your kids, your family?
Peace Love Das
Number one spiritual rule you are not that important and for that matter either am I. I know I know but I’m all I think about and yes that is the problem. We take ourselves too seriously on a long enough time line that major problem effecting you right now, most of the time wont be a big deal in a couple of weeks. When we are focused on ourselves everything negative seems to be pointing at us and only effecting us. But, but what am I to do? Enter the art of silliness, yes silliness. But I’m too serious for that, yes and that’s the problem. Many times just doing something silly will keep you completely in the moment. The way kids are when they tilt their head back and spin in circles till they fall down in laughter. But what are some examples of silliness you might ask, well I will give you a couple that will brighten everyday. Impromptu dance parties for one, supermarkets are an especially good place to get down and shake your groove thing. What if people laugh at me? Well if they do your doing it right besides who can resist the fine music they play at the supermarket. I started cutting a rug at shoprite at a young age and for many years I had no dance partner, now I have a steady one and she can bust it down with the best of them. My best friend has also been known to break out some extremely strange walking through a restaurant another good spiritual tool especially when there are three off us in a row walking with the spirit of the 70’s. You can take it to all kinds of levels sometimes I drive around listening to cheesy music with my windows down dancing or making funny faces at people they laugh I laugh and a good time is had by all. Not only does this kind of behaviour work on a normal day but it can work to lift you up in the worst of times. A couple of years ago I was in a pretty bad space and had a lot of life situations happening. My sister came over and was going through similar life stuff so we went out to do some shopping. While at a store I came across a kids blanket, it was a fleece blanket with a monkey hood, a tail and little monkey hands. I had it on the whole time we were in the store and my sister purchased it for me. It made me happy and gave a kick to those around me. Many times in the coming months life kept happening and not in a good way for me so I would walk over to my closet and put my monkey blanket on and go look at my silly ass in the mirror, instant joy. I couldn’t take myself seriously looking in the mirror and that was a good thing, put a smile on my face and let me know with enough work or silliness I can be happy in most situations. Not to mention it gave birth to making faces at myself in the mirror which is another tool of the spirituality of silliness.
What do you do to break the tension in your own life? Do you get silly from time to time? Always looking to add to my silly hand bag.
Have a silly day may it be laughable
Peace Love Das
God Bless You, we hear it everyday most of us probably say it once a day. Do you mean it? Is there thought or emotion behind it or is it just of the things we are programmed to say. Ring the bell mouth waters type of thing. I think God does bless us and not just you or me or the good people but all of us. So why do we say it? To me its a reminder that God blesses us and that we are part of God and have the ability to spread this Love this God if you will to others, but I think you got to mean it have some energy behind it. There are many things I try to really relate to the spiritual many mundane things to ring the bell, sound the gong in my brain, that hey pay attention life is pretty cool if you look around. I really do think this God bless you business has lost its flair and really can be used as a spiritual tool but that’s just me.
Peace Love Das
“If God is for us, who can be against us?”, I hear this line quoted a lot also misquoted a lot and usually as a battle cry and I think completely missing the point of it. I admit it when I was younger and much less spiritual I felt the same way about it I think a lot of people do. That if God is on our side, and I’m not saying a specific God though this is from the bible, then none of the people who are against us have a chance. Luckily I got past that stage in my life and that way of thinking. I know think the whole point of the quote is that nobody is against us. If God is in fact for us I would tend to think that we are for God as well or rather we have him/her/it in our hearts. If that is the case then I think we would tend to realize that all things are God as well as all people. If I truly have God in my heart I have no enemies but brothers and sisters, disagreements yes misunderstandings, you bet but these people are not my enemies but a reflection of God. Plus I really don’t think God is against anyone, I believe and prefect divine love and enough to go around. I don’t think God hates anyone if he/she/it did what kind of God would that be?
What do you think? Am I completely of my rocker on this one?
Peace Love Das