In Truth

…..take courage to always act and speak in truth for it will bind you not to fear and guilt…………….

According to the gospel of Matthew……… Jesus called the crowd to him. He said, “Listen and understand.. “What goes into someone’s mouth does not make him/her ‘unclean.’ It’s what comes out of their mouth that makes them ‘unclean.’ ”

So therefore we practise mindfulness and awareness of presence within in order to scan the conscience for whatever comes from within us reflects our inner states…..

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Sharing our stories

We need to share our stories of tragedies and failures, betrayals and disappointments, heartbreaks and griefs and how it changed(improved) or affected our lives,how we utilised courage and strength,had to make difficult wise decisions to benefit ourselves and others,how we had to forgive and love despite adversities,how we learned to have faith and trust in moments of hopelesness and despair,how we jumped hurdles that we never thought we could and why we did the things we did in order to fulfill our lives higher purpose!

We need to inspire,to motivate, to encourage true goodness and truth and peacefulness and harmony,respect,integrity,understanding and dignity within ourselves and the lives of others.

If not us who is going to facilitate this for the benefit of ourselves,our children, environment and the world….isnt there enough of misery around us all.It is so easy to partake and enjoy external reveries,fantasies and illusory ephemeral pleasures but why are we so afraid to access and display the beauty abound within us?

Fill the heart with tenderness

When life opens up to rough times,hurts,dissappointments and unhappy experiences……feel and fill your heart with tenderness,that tenderness is like a bed of feathers to fall on…….but when we use anger,resentments,animosity and hatred to try to fight/defend back…….it is like pouring cement into the heart to harden it,therefore when we fall,we fall on concrete ground,causing even further damage and continued pain and suffering……………..

Surrendering

Surrendering

In every moment,everywhere around the globe,there is someone going thru some kind of turmoil in their lives…..some minor ones and some truly devastating ones,some where the families are being torn apart with so much grief and suffering,because of violence,abuse,negligence with threats of separations/divorce and children being taken away from one parent or the other or from both…

There is no denial to this truth and how it affects everyone,short-term, eventually long term and life time scarring.The mental,emotional, spiritual and physical fighting and animosity can become tremendously traumatic and destructive,leaving wounds to continuously bleed within the psyche.There is a sense of being out of control unable to help contain the devastation,the war between two parties usually….each one has their story to justify…there is no stopping to the negative afflictive mental story telling that plays over and over in the mind.

Do we continue to prolong this tiresome and energy draining,spiritually damaging battle?Yes it is easier said then done when we are in the throes of such unimaginable suffering to which many might not relate or understand the gravity of the problem.

We very often get all kinds of criticism, opinions,advices and suggestions from others telling or sometimes demanding us what to do in such circumstances.Some maybe reasonable pointers and good criticism we need pay some attention to yet the undeniable truth is that we are the ones having to face, deal and complete the healing process as it unfolds with or without support and help.

Surrender is the vital strategy……to give ourselves permission to stop and listen to our own sufferings for a while…there is too much chaos going on in the mind, in the heart, in the psyche and physically as well…we cant think properly,therefore may not act or tread carefully and cause more damage to the situation.

Putting up the white flag doesnt mean we allow ourselves to be trampled or toppled over it simply means we want to take ownership to engage in peacefulness/mindfulness within ourselves before we continue to deal with the reality of what needs to be done.When we first take the courage to put down our weapons(anger,hatred, bitterness, vengence,fighting back,retaliation),it gives no cause for the other party to keep attacking.

If we can come to some sort of recognition and awareness of the situation we are caught in,we can bring that attention into our own being,looking within ourselves to see truly what is happening….we cannot stop or be in control of another,we cannot change the situation that is in disarray(we might be able to pick up the pieces at a later time,when we find some sort of settling down first).

There is a Zen Buddhist story of the strawberry….it goes like this…….a man was being chased by a tiger,he came to the edge of a cliff,terrified, he saw a vine by the cliff’s edge and jumped over to hang onto the vine.While he was hanging on to the vine, he looked below and saw another tiger there,and to add more terror to his plight,there were 2 mice gnawing at the vine……..therefore he acknowledged he was doomed……but beside the vine, there was a strawberry patch………it looked delicious,he let go of the vine to pick the strawberries!

So what is this story trying to teach is…….let go! and as the christian saying goes…”let go and let God”…it means to surrender to the what is happening,to stop trying to cling onto,  to try not to be rigid and  control what in reality cannot be controlled or to be identified with our mind’s chaos and life’s difficult situation……if we allow ourselves the freedom to let things be, we open up a space for a shift,it might be a gift of ‘strawberries’(graces/blessings) that help us land with a tender heart which might help lighten and make the suffering endurable!And who knows ‘miracles’ we never thought could manifest are also possible when we humble ourselves to surrender………….

Love is the way!

Love opens the way…..to truth,to life and living….fear has no part to play when the heart loves,when the heart is tender and loving and kind……nothing blocks its path.It does not say, I will be friends to only those I like or to those who give me what I need( selfishly)……….Love opens to all,just like the rain and sun supplies the earth with nourishment,love will help and be an aide to anyone,to everyone without wanting anything back…….it stipulates no conditions!

Perfect as we are!

What seemingly feels or look imperfect is already perfect as it is!
Every moment where we stand in presence,it is a moment of grace and blessings…we can access it within……..wisdom and love are innately ready to guide and lead………only we hold the answers, only we can own and take responsibilities for whatever we avail to be or do……………

The light of mindfulness

Applying mindfullness and being aware of all that goes on within our being,in our thoughts,in our feelings, in our speech and in our actions is truly being vigilant and wise …. it is like carrying a torchlight/flashlight while walking along a dark path instead of trying to be foolishly heroic to think its safe to walk in darkness without a light……………