We all have the power within us to change how we want to live and perceive life. If we are consumed with our thoughts too much, we tend to feel heavy, tired, sleepy, lethargic. If we are consumed with awareness, we tend feel light, energetic, full of life and eager to live.
The difference is that when you feel change isn’t in your hands then you have opened yourself to any possibility that you may not desire. However, if you feel that you can be an instrument of change and then that means, change yourself first.
We are always looking around us on who will change first or feel that someone else needs to change. In fact, the change has to come from within me. As my Spiritual Master once said that if someone throws stones at you, instead of building a wall, build a bridge.
This type of insight can help one understand that forgiveness is the bridge and that enmity is the wall. Acceptance is the bridge, humility is the bridge. Once, we understand this, we are able to look within ourselves, be humbly, forgive ourselves and understand that all the strength we need to better ourselves, is waiting to be utilized.
It tends to happen that when we feel that we have some tremendous insight, we tend to have it based on a weak foundation. Why? The insight has been borrowed by something we have listened to, read or maybe even seen. However, insight that is gained through experience is what creates a solid foundation.
Many times, I have come across individuals that wish to sound intellectual and they write something that makes very little sense and shouts confusion. However, how does one respond to such people? It is better to simply stay silent and take 24 hours to respond if needed. If an urgent response is required, at least read the response 10 times before sending. I feel that today that more people respond for the sake of it and then not only lose the respect of others (if that matters to the individual) but most of all, they narrow their own vision.
We should never be so convinced that what we are saying is useful unless we know it is based on experience. If something is based on theory, then it is better to admit that this is just based on some borrowed knowledge and that the aim is to experience it. Again, the steps towards experiencing any truth should be taken seriously and urgently. The last thing you want to do is delay experiencing and then discovering that your place of rest is going to be in a morgue.
The insight to be discovered in our own mind is extremely important as it shows us where we need to grow and what we need to let go of.
Many times we hold on to limiting beliefs and they block us from moving forward, we keep making the same mistakes again and again. Or we get the same results again and again. The only way to let go of limiting beliefs is to understand who we really are.
If we see ourselves as the creator of our lives, then we will reprogram our mind to think differently, to respond differently.
Limiting beliefs is simply those beliefs that keep you at square one, no matter how much you think you are moving forward.
Therefore, see yourself as a Creator and if that is done then watch how you take every thought and intention with so much awareness that they can never escape you. Hence, meditation is so important because we get to that clear space where we are open to making changes to our beliefs.
Nothing lasts forever, so why should our vices?
The ability to wonder is truly what makes life worth living. I am sure there have been moments for you when you have seen the world through the eyes of wonder. You see things with a new vision, you see things in a new light and nothing ever looks repeated.
Sometimes, I feel that I lack wonder when it is such a natural state to be in. I tend to judge things or interpret things when really if I truly saw it with wonder, it could open new doors to perception.
It may be that words are never enough to express the importance of wonder but let me give you three ways that being in wonder has helped me so far:
- I understand the limitations to my perception when I view things with the past or the future.
- I gain new insights and can express creatively.
- Love flows not only freely but endlessly too.
Being in wonder has been a spiritual goal of mine for quite some time now, it is the letting go of the ego which is so important if we want to live a life of wonder.
Being a slave to the ego only harms what wonder can bring. Like I said, that open-mind, that creative mind is what makes the world a better place.
I spent some time on my walk today thinking about the difference between following and discovering. Let me tell you about my contemplation on this.
When we follow, we tend to be more spectators. We tend to just scroll through content very mindlessly and have very little interaction with it. Sometimes we even like a quote and save it but how many times do we go back to that quote? How many times do we actually remember it? Don’t we always find something unique and interesting when we scroll through information? We also follow things very unconsciously. We hardly think about what purpose it serves us.
This state of mind is exceptionally amazing. Imagine perceiving life through a new set of eyes everyday. I don’t mean new physical eyes but everyday you have a cleansed perception. Even if you read the same thing twice, it feels like you have read it the first time. If you have seen or heard something twice or more, each time it sounds more beautiful because you approach it as a discovery. A discovery gives you that feeling of an adventure. You don’t know about the ocean but you want to dive deep into it. Every time, you dive deep into the ocean of your own mind, you discover a new insight, you intuitively discover something beautiful.
I was thinking that even if we do things that we do on a regular basis with a sense of discovery, we would enjoy each moment of life a little bit more than the last moment. This is because we are not burdened by the past or the future of something. We are directly experiencing it right in front of us, right now. This allows our journey of life to be unique and special.
May each day of yours be one of discovery.