Courage and fear...
Courage gives us the confidence to try new things. Fear prevents us from venturing out of our comfort zone.
Courage expands life. Fear shrinks it.
I often look at fear and its role in my life and ask myself, "Is fear preventing me from living life to the fullest?"
My answer may surprise you.
Tolstoy said, "When you understand your spiritual being and live with it, then instead of despairing, you understand the joy that can never be destroyed, which always grows."
In order to understand your spiritual being, you must begin to engage your soul.
In doing so, you will see that your soul can guide you. It will show you how to live a spiritual life, a life in harmony with your soul.
Of course, you must act on the wisdom you receive from the soul. That is where your real work lies.
And if you can implement your soul's wisdom into your daily life, you will find a joy that can "never be destroyed, which alway's grows."
In this video, I guide you through taking a conscious breath to assist you in quieting the mind, and then I invite you to be present with me for 60 seconds.
Caution, it might be harder than you think!
Be sure and note any intruding thoughts your ego may produce. Keep practicing until you can be present for 60 seconds with ease.
Then, take your practice into life and try to be present throughout your day.
I recently started attending bikram yoga classes. If you aren't familiar with bikram yoga, you may know it's other name, "hot yoga." It consists of two sets of 26 postures over the course of 90 minutes in a room heated to 105 degrees with 50% humidity.
I have certainly benefitted from it in many ways, the most important being the practice of awakening via the moving center.
It has also further enlightened me on the importance of the body-mind-soul connection.
I have really begun to understand how what you put into your body/mind and how you care for your body/mind, has a dramatic effect on your ability to be more present.
But, it's not just your moving center that needs attention. It's important that you be balanced in all four of your centers: instinctive, moving, emotional, and intellectual.
That's what this video is all about...being balanced in your four centers. I hope you find it beneficial.
“You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. It’s just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.”
– Paulo Coelho
Not only is each day a miracle, but even more so, each moment is a miracle.
I have often said that if you slow down just enough to pay attention to what is happening in the moment, no matter where you are and no matter what you are doing, you will see that miracles are happening all around you.
The routines and behavioral habits that we develop are key to preventing us from observing the tiny miracles around us. These patterns become rote and take us out of the present such that we often passively experience life, as though on auto-pilot. As such, it becomes easy to take many things (miracles) in our lives for granted.
It’s important that we try to break up some of our daily routines and be more present to our lives. It’s not hard to do,...
– Taizan Maezumi
In Buddhism, nirvana is freedom from suffering and desire. It is transcending the ego and experiencing the true nature of reality.
When suffering and fear fall away, we experience pure joy and bliss. We lose our sense of an individual self, we understand our connectedness to everything and experience the enlightened state of nirvana.
Although some believe you need to join a monastery and study for years to experience it, nirvana is attainable to anyone. It is attainable to you, right now.
Take a mindful breath and be present to what is occurring in this exact moment in your life. Be present while you read these very words.
A subscriber to my blog recently asked me the following,
This is a great question and one that many of you can probably relate to. Dealing with negativity from others can be extremely difficult, even more so when it involves a family member.
The answer is presence, compassion, and love.
Often, people are negative because they are in psychological and/or emotional pain. Trying to persuade or coax them out of their negative state can sometimes create more negativity.
I recommend the following…
In becoming present, your ego is taken out of the equation. This will make it easier for you to see their negativity objectively. It will also assist you in not being offended or at risk of taking personally what they are saying. If you find your ego wanting to engage, simply focus on your breathing and rejoin the present.
They may not realize you are...