The quality of everything we do: our physical actions, our verbal actions, and even our mental actions, depends on our motivation. That's why it's important for us to examine our motivation in our day-to-day life. If we cultivate respect for others and our motivation is sincere, if we develop a genuine concern for others’ well-being, then all our actions will be positive.
This evening I was reflecting on ‘intent’. In many eastern belief systems that I have researched, there is an underlying current of ‘intent’. It appears to me that our ‘intent’ should be a place of frequent visitation. I try as best I can, before I act, to examine my ‘intent’. Does it stem from a truly open heart and open mind? What are the possible outcomes of my action? Is the action anchored in kindness and compassion? In my world, I have little room for those who somehow seek their own validation by ‘having’ to win some sort of imaginary game. I choose not to disturb another’s path. I am still practicing but I think I understand
It is a sad state of affairs. I found growing up as a Hippie I could not beat the system as much as it was noble to think I could. What I came to understand is that I could reduce the amount I contributed to the chaos. To live my truth and speak my truth without trying to coerce others to think as I do. But to live as best I can with kindness and compassion. To unlearn everything I have been taught. If something or someone insults my soul I discard them. I do not judge for I have no idea what is happening nor the underground currents that run in their lives. I do not follow the media, I do what I can when I can, and I am never angry about what I didn't know before.
I have turned away from any teachings that are created by man. I do not read auras, I do not use crystals, I do not attend church, and I do not know the squatting dog position. I have many Teachers but the disciple of none. I pay little or no attention to the 'real' world around me for when I do I become involved in that negativity. Anything that angers me or affects me in a negative way is an insult. My thoughts are to embrace compassion, kindness, and mindfulness in my everyday life and by example lead a few to a greater understanding if they so desire. The only way to have a positive influence during this journey is to connect with one person at a time ensuring these connections are positive and mutually beneficial. Just some of my thoughts.
What I wish is that you find what works for you. It does not have to be what works for others or what you think society expects from you. For some it is a religious path, for some, it could be Buddhism or Taoism, and some might choose to be an Atheist. Other Folks might choose activism. It might be social activism, environmentalism, animal rights, or global warming. Still, more willfully involve themselves in the arts, music, painting, sculpting, or photography. And others might passionately pursue the sciences.
For me, it doesn’t matter as long as you find what works for you. Most importantly I wish you realize what is right for you is not necessarily right for others. To also understand that you are not required to coerce, nor force your path on me. I will respect the choices you make and will, in all probability, support and agree with most of your concepts.
Because we have differences does not make us different. At the very essence of our being is the mystical understanding that nothing matters and everything does.
There is no issue that is more important than compassionate empathy towards our fellow travelers. We cannot be offended; we choose to be offended. Cast off everything you have been taught. Accept all paths and respect the fact that we are all just trying to figure out this incredible journey. We need each other. When we ask ourselves what is truly important we will discover that we will share our last meal if required, we will shelter all from the storms, we will provide care as needed, and give that shirt if you ask. This is your authentic self simply trying to live your heart song.
As you rest this eve I ask of you, before closing your eyes, to take three deep breaths and slowly exhale. Release the dust of the day like water under a bridge. Leave behind everything unresolved in your heart, for this is your time and yours alone. You will be welcomed with open arms to hear the whispers and the calming beat of ancient drums as you sail off to your sanctuary. This is your time to renew and restore your spirit. You own it completely. This is your respite, greet it with great respect and be grateful towards your authentic self until the morning sun bids you awaken again to a new day.
Sleep well, dream deep my Friends.