If you think your life is about doingness, you do not understand what you are about. Your soul doesn’t care what you do for a living – and when your life is over, neither will you. Your soul cares only about what you’re being while you’re doing whatever you’re doing. – Neale Donald Walsch (Meditations from Conversations with God)
We pursue tasks, these tasks fulfill us and give meaning to our lives and we die while still doing stuff.
Which is all well and good because we certainly need work to be done, but did you ever wonder why we’re called human beings and not human doings 🙂 ?
There’s a beauty and sublime peace in life which can be experienced when we’re just being, because when we’re just being our mind chatter dies down, we can be in the flow and experience an equanimity which is otherwise hard to find!
Recommendation: The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle
You will learn that you increase your burdens and decrease the likelihood of success by taking yourself too seriously. – The Urantia Papers
No matter what, you lose out if you’re not enjoying the present moment and the gifts it brings. Laugh, smile, inhale, jump, wink, kiss and make merry, this unique moment that you’re living is but a moment.
Recommendation: Savor this moment
The question is not, why start off on such a path? You have already started off. You did so with the first beat of your heart. The question is: Do I wish to walk this path consciously, or unconsciously? – Neal Donald Walsch (Meditations from Conversations with God)
You’re on the spiritual path whether you know it or not.
- So how can you make the most of it?
- How can a more conscious spiritual life contribute to your happiness or life effectiveness?
- What’s missing in your life?
- What would you love to have more of?
- Where-to is your life leading, ultimately?
- When will you spend time thinking about these things?
Recommendation: Meditations from Conversations with God – Neal Donald Walsch
Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is. – H. Jackson Browne
If we don’t stretch ourselves, who will? How will we grow?
We can go out on a limb when we challenge our personal concepts.
How do we view us? Confident, liked, loved, capable and nice or the quite the opposite? Where and when do we short-sell us?
If we’re willing to look deeper into our self, gaining self-knowledge, understanding why we act or react the way we do, then that awareness, not a self-judgment, leads to direct contact with our inner, confident and capable self.
Then we become naturally capable of going out on a limb and taking a risk, growing and grabbing a handful of that desirable fruit!
Recommendation: Life’s Little Instruction Book by H. Jackson Browne
What we see depends mainly on what we look for. – Sir John Lubbock
Do we ever pause to think, where our thoughts come from; I mean how did a particular thought arise or what caused it?
Once a thought arises what events (past or present), tendencies, biases and inclinations color this thought?
Our entire life experience is run by the thoughts we manufacture about what’s going on, these thoughts in turn are colored by our personality and life events.
Be aware of what you think and hence what you see.
Recommendation: Awareness by Anthony De Mello
Happiness is a present attitude–not a future condition. – Hugh Prather
It’s all here, it’s all now.
3 words, Happiness, Present and Attitude. These 3 words sum it all up!
Happiness is what we all want, what we all seek. Happiness is being content and joyful with what you are and what you have.
Present is the only time we’ve got, Now. We can only experience happiness in the present moment.
Attitude, the right kind is what we need to handle any situation in life and to stay happy!
Combine the 3 together and you have the making of a fulfilling life!
Recommendation: The Mindful Way through Depression – Jon Kabat-Zinn
Few persons live up to the faith which they really have. Unreasoned fear is a master intellectual fraud practiced upon the evolving mortal soul. – The Urantia Papers
Why do we let our fears dominate us?
It’s because we don’t see them creeping up on us. Any time you feel depression setting or a feel uneasy, start paying attention to your thoughts. You’ll soon be able to trace that unease to an unreasonable fear you have of something or someone.
If you can become aware of such fearful thoughts you’re well on your way to recognizing the ‘fraud’ they’re playing in your life. Take control, you own your thoughts, you own your being, don’t let just any thought control you.
You have inside you a true faith that just needs some sustenance, some attention. So instead of running along with fearful thoughts, choose loving and more confidence building thoughts. You are your own master.
Recommendation: Gateways to Now – Eckhart Tolle