Friday, December 14, 2012

Eight Lessons of Life

Eight Lessons of Life

·       Have Empathy For The Source Of Your Pain. Who, What, Where, When and Why.
·       Rational Thought Won't Work. My rationalization is biased by my experience. My Experience influences my best thinking, and my rational thinking is pre determined by the aftermath of my experience. So what makes sense to me might not be either sensible or reasonable, the problem is, it makes sense to me ... and there are times when I am prepared to fight to the death for it.
·       There Is Something At Work Here That Is Beyond Me And My Self Centeredness. A Force far greater than me ... Can you imagine that. Imagine something you could not possibly imagine.
·       Be Prepared To Re Examine Your Motives And Your Reasons As Well As Your Morals For Doing What You Do.
·       In Order To Do Your Journey You Will Have To Confront Evil. 

·       Never Say Never. Occam’s Razor underscores this sentiment ...Pluralitas non est ponenda sine neccesitate” … Principle of Parsimony.

·       You Can't Change Human Nature. The only thing you can change is Your Mind About Human Nature.
·       Human Nature Is The Curriculum Of Life. It Is What You Do With It, That Matters.
With time spent on the path there will come a time when you can return to the starting gate and see it for the first time. . . TRULY.

With Eyes Unclouded By Longing.”

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Never Mind the Talk, Make It Be: How You Walk The Walk.
It was a native shaman I knew many years ago who said to me that to begin to walk through life in "a sacred manner," was the beginnings of the development of a reverence for life, a reverence that we will all need to develop, sooner or later.  This reverence is not self-seeking, nor does it seek self-satisfaction, there is no deeper ego functions outside of the fact that the ego will participate in the process simply because it is there and a part of you in the first place.  Simply put, life is as it is, with no real beginnings and no real endings, edgeless … eternal.  I am the Alpha and the Omega, containing everything, lacking for nothing, everything being exactly as it is supposed to be.
As we begin this journey … most of us make an uncomfortable discovery … we are not in sync with The Way of Things, nor is it in sync with us.
This process of Walking Lightly becomes the simple recognition that the pain we suffer is caused by our thirst for the satisfactions of our own little desires, the ones we think we need so desperately to satisfy, wilfully  as the expression of our newly found powerfulness.
We are always trying to counteract the original forces of powerlessness from our earliest experiences; Keeping us perpetually out of sync with all that is.

Extracted from Zen and the Art of Walking Lightly