Sometimes there are things that we just simply need to say “No” to, yet we choose to do it anyway. In the heat of the moment, we decide that the thrill is worth whatever the consequences are (of course, we aren’t thinking about the consequences at all in that moment). Afterwards we wonder why we did it again… especially since we actually knew the consequences before we started… Why do we repeatedly do things that go against our internal wisdom? Hmmm… A few weekends ago, I went to a Buddhist meditation retreat. On the first night, our teacher explained what they called “The Guardians of the World - Hiri (fear) and Ottappa (remorse)” and how they protect us on our spiritual journey. (There are many interpretations of these guardians… but I will just share this monk’s interpretation… because it really affected me and I like it.) Healthy [...]
My sister and I were chatting about our mom this morning. She did so much good work in the world, was so loving and kind and affected so many people in wonderful ways, we wondered how she "heard guidance", centred herself and knew what her life purpose was. Today, we actually discuss these kinds of things intellectually. We learn "grounding exercises" and meditations to bring us to centre. But of course, my mom was born in 1939. There weren't these kinds of discussions. I'm not sure that these phrases had even been invented yet. What came into my mind was that we are all naturally designed to "centre" and "hear guidance" when we are doing the things that we love to do. You can see it in people who are fully focused, relaxed and joyful. In these moments, we are "fully connected" and we naturally have ideas "pop into [...]
I would like to share a poem with you that came to me while in Cuba last week. I describe the experience in the video below of hearing this poem while walking in a rainstorm along the beach... asking God the question, "Have I taken a wrong turn somewhere?"... We often talk about "being on a journey"... which is true. But this leads us to wonder if we might have taken a wrong turn somewhere, especially when life seems to not be what we want it to be in the present moment. I hope you enjoy my video. You are more than welcome to save the picture of the poem below to print out and keep in sight so that we don't forget... that this moment is our whole life.