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Are human beings really more intelligent and wise than all other living creatures?
Do animals judge each other by simple differences in their external appearance? Do they alienate others based on color, race or ethnicity?
Do animals spend a majority of their precious lives regretting a past they cannot change or worrying about a future that may never come? Or do they just "Live in the Moment"?
Do other living creatures alienate themselves from their own species with only selfish concern for material successes and external achievement? Do they embrace the destructive nature of capitalism at all costs?
Do animals spend most of their precious moments on their Blackberry or computer rather than enjoying quality time with their family and friends? Do they obsess about the newest technological toys?
Do animals wage war on other countries because of different beliefs? Do they actually believe that killing and destruction solves problems?
Do animals waste their life away pretending to be something or someone they are not?
Do animals sit around and watch each other die of starvation and poverty while hoarding resources that could feed and house the world?
I think we all need to reassess our beliefs, actions, and behavior. Are we truly of higher intelligence and wiser than all living species? Would the world be in the state it is now if only animals existed?
If we believe our intelligence and wisdom is greater than others then why don't we act like it?
Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to.
Alfred A. Montapert
I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self - contain'd I stand and look at them long and long.
They do not sweat and whine about their condition, They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins.
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God.
Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things,Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that, lived thousands of years ago, Not one is disrespectable or unhappy over the whole earth.
An Internal Quest.
"You can explore the Universe looking for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and you will not find the person anywhere." Buddhist Saying
Who is your Soul Mate?
As human beings we are consistently involved in an endless search for something external to fill the painful void within us. We search for the perfect partner, or our Soul Mate, with the hopes of finding everlasting joy, happiness and true love. We look for a new partner to relieve our pain of the loss of another. What we fail to realize is that by expecting another human being to make us a complete person we are decreasing our own self worth and simply saying that we are not wholesome or complete as we are. What we need to realize is that we already have the precious gift of love and happiness deep within our own being and that our pain will always exist until we begin to trust and rely on the innate happiness within our own beating heart. There is no Soul Mate out there; your Soul Mate lives within you, patiently awaiting the day when you decide to reunite with the perfect love that exists and will always exist in the depths of your soul.
You are your best friend, lover and inspiration, above all others. By loving your entire being you will gain unlimited capacity to share this unconditional love and kindness with everyone who crosses your path. Embrace the uniqueness of your being and begin to engage passionately in the admiration of your whole self. You have a specific meaning and purpose for being alive, thus it is your responsibility to honor your life. Before you can engage in any other intimate relationship, you must devote love and respect for every aspect of your being. Learn to express compassionate and unconditional self-love. Allow the intuition of your soul to guide you to higher states of consciousness and be the recipient of the immense love that resides within your heart. Let the love, compassion and kindness exude from your being and touch all the souls you come in contact with.
I humbly offer you 6 suggestions to embrace and nourish your relationship with yourself and all other human beings you meet along your precious journey of life: Practice mindfulness.
1. A life lived mindfully is a life filled with peace, tranquility, joy, truth, bliss, ecstasy and compassion. Mindfulness is a form of meditation, involving direct participation in each moment as it occurs with complete awareness of your present experience. Dive into the harmonious and perfect rhythm of the universe and you will experience the true essence of life. Let go of the attachments of the past and the desires of the future and simply be, right now. These attachments always lead to discontentment, frustration, and an inability to enjoy life. Free yourself from this bondage by first forgiving yourself, and then forgiving others.
2. Awaken to the truth of life. Do not allow your ego to manipulate you into believing that the melodramas of the physical world are a reality in which you must participate. Always reflect deeply within your being and allow your spirit to determine what is important in your life.
3. Accept change. Acknowledging change plays a vital role in our relationships. When we accept that others have faults and weaknesses, just like ourselves, we are truly in a position to know the other person and to experience their inner world. Rather than attempting to change the person to our ideal partner, we are able to witness and enjoy the growth of another unique human being.
4. Quiet your ego. Be still and know that you are not what your ego tells you and you do not have to react to what your mind thinks, feels, or believes. Stillness will help you to connect to that genuine part of yourself that doesn't judge, manipulate, or harm. To live by your ego whether you are relating with yourself or others will ultimately cause conflict and confusion. Relating with your genuine self will emanate love in all interactions.
5. Acknowledge impermanence. Escape from behind the clouds of misunderstanding and gently surrender to the eternal present of your daily life. Accept and be one with the energy of the Universe. Nothing stays the same, yet everything remains perfect. To surrender to whom you are and to what is in each moment is the way to enlightenment in all areas of your life. Acceptance of momentary and constant change is the key to peace.
6. Embrace simplicity. This is the essence of spiritual life. To simply be, living devoid of all the chaos caused by external demands, is the path to ultimate liberation and pure joy. Implement enjoyment and humor in each moment you experience during your journey of life. Learn to laugh at yourself and the challenges presented to you. Smile in the face of adversity and know that this is the natural state of your genuine being in this physical lifetime.
What is Truth?
I certainly will not attempt, or pretend, to present you with any profound or innovative wisdom that is not directly accessible within your being. I am not a Guru or Enlightened being. I am simply me. What I will discuss is change, or impermanence, and our relationship, as human beings with illusive egos, to this "Reality" we inhabit. The content of my discussion will come directly from the awareness that one great being discovered many, many centuries ago as he sat under a tree in deep contemplation. You may know of this individual as Buddha, "The Awakened One." Buddha discovered Truth in his quiet meditative and ego-less state and shared it freely with all who would listen. Truth, or Reality, cannot be explained or comprehended in intellectual terms; it simply lies within your being waiting to be applied in your life. Our ego pretends to know many truths through its imbedded illusions and misconceptions, however, Truth can only be discovered when we connect with the genuine part of ourselves that is free from the ego's influence. Truth is discovered through your direct experience without the delusional influence of the ego.
As ego driven human beings we have a strong desire for certainty and complete control of life at all costs. We despise chaos. This has been the case since the beginning of creation. We long for permanence and the (temporary) comfort that we believe we attain, however, every aspect of our lives is in constant flux, chaos or change. Every atom of every cell is in continuous motion and, in our minds, feelings and thoughts constantly come and go. Life is infinite change, but change triggers confusion, fear, anger, suffering, and hence our ego tries to stop change by conceptualizing and manipulating Reality. We have created infinite solutions to our egoic needs; strict boundaries, laws, rules, cages and exclusive religions, to name a few. All of these developed to assure that things go our way, according to our plans. We simply have attempted to restrict the natural changes of the Universe. Unfortunately, this resistance and fight against "what is" causes nothing but immense suffering, due to its propensity to create disharmony with Reality, or Truth. By trying to take control, we paradoxically become even more out of control. The Buddha called this endless fight against Reality, "attachment to worldly illusions", which causes all the suffering we experience in our daily lives. The solution is not seeking control or intentional action, but through seeing Reality or Truth, which demonstrates to us that each single moment we experience is transitory and continuously changing.
The Universal River flows according to a perfect rhythm that we must align with if we are to find pure peace and serenity. Chuang Tzu, the brilliant Chinese philosopher, talked about this much more eloquently when he suggested, "Flow with whatever is happening and let your mind be free. Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the Ultimate." It is in this awakening to the flow of this eternal energy that we become free from suffering and capable of living the enlightened life that patiently waits within our soul. Now is the time to access this precious life and begin your internal transformation. Enter the perfect flow of the cosmos and you will then understand what Buddha meant when he exclaimed, "When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head and laugh at the sky."
Is this idealistic chatter that is impractical and impossible to apply in our daily lives? Is it "New Age" babble or popular self-help talk? From deep within my being I must reply with a resounding "NO". Within these words I have found peace when I choose to detach from my ego and apply them to my life. However, you must test this wisdom yourself, consistently heeding the words of Buddha, "Believe nothing merely because you have been told it." What I have experienced in my journey is that this awareness and practice is very simple, yet our dominant ego incessantly tries to persuade us that life needs to be complex. Your ego demands that you dismiss this Truth at once. Do not allow the ego to conquer your soul. I urge you to get in touch with the Truth that lies within you and begin your practice immediately. Apply the following three steps and you are on your Way:
1. Begin to recognize and maintain awareness of the voice of your ego and gently detach from its demands. This will allow your Voice of Truth to emerge. (This is a continuous process that will never be complete, however little by little your ego will have less control over you.)
2. Align your True Self with the invisible, yet omnipotent flow of the Universal Energy. (You may call this energy anything you wish i.e. God, the Tao, the Way, Spirit, etc. Remember to not get caught up in the labels of the Divine.)
3. Commit yourself to the acceptance of the "NOW" and embrace the perfect expressions and changes that are presented to you by the Universe. (Remember that it is always Now, and it is here that you will discover the Truth.)
I must remind you before I depart that what you have just read are not just words. This wisdom has nothing to do with The Secret, Chicken Soup for the Soul, or the Law of Attraction. This is Truth! It is the eternal wisdom that will guide you in your search for peace. This is your answer! Please question it vigorously, practice it diligently, and unearth this precious jewel of Truth that inhabits your soul.
What are your Core Beliefs?
At the foundation of my life lies an aspiration to be the best human being that I can possibly be. Personally, this aspiration is supported by eight core beliefs or principles that I utilize as guidelines for the "How" and "Why" I live. Without these guideposts in my life my daily existence lacks meaning and can easily become useless and filled with the egoic selfishness that screams for attention within me. To develop and begin to live according to your core beliefs is an essential task of a successful and meaningful life. I will present my core beliefs followed by a brief description below. I urge you do the same regarding your life and begin to use them as guideposts for your daily living. Be reminded you will certainly not live these perfectly or even close to perfectly, but they are ideals to aspire towards.
1. All Human Beings are Equal. - Often in our society among many others, human beings are excluded or alienated based on race, socioeconomic status, sex, ethnicity, religion, as well as countless other external characteristics. I believe that a basic principle in this universe is the fact that all members of humanity are equal and should be treated this way, with the same respect and dignity as we all expect as human beings. This belief forms the foundation of all my human relationships.
2. Material Possessions Do Not Create Meaning or Purpose in Life. I believe that meaning and purpose is created and discovered within us. Thus, fleeting external sensory pleasures are of course part of life, but not the part that makes life fulfilling. Just take a look at the wealthiest individuals worldwide who are not very happy or in fact have made a choice to commit suicide.
3. Live According to Your Spirit and Not Your Ego. Spirituality is of great importance to me in my personal life. My belief is that the ego creates delusions and false judgments about life, thus we should live aligned with the part within us that knows the Truth. Just listen closely within and you will feel and hear it clearly.
4. We are Social Beings, thus it is our Nature to Help Each other. I believe that we are responsible as human beings to help each other in any way possible. We are all in the same boat called "Life" and we will survive and live much more peacefully if we join together in unity rather than exclusivity.
5. Give as Much as You Possibly Can To Humanity. Through giving we create purpose and meaning in our lives. To give for the benefit of humanity and lend a hand for those in need, without expecting anything in return, is the greatest gift of all.
6. I am Personally Responsible for the path I take in Life. I genuinely believe in personal responsibility concerning the choices we take in life. It is always possible to choose another path in our lives regardless of our past circumstances.
7. Do Not Allow Society to Dictate My Life. Society often leads individuals astray, directing them towards money, fame, prestige, and ultimately a life overflowing with anxiety and emptiness. I believe that within me lies the guidance that I require to live according to the true reality of the world, rather than the faulty delusions of societal thinking.
8. Live My Life Completely in the Moment. The Moment is all that Life Truly Consists of - I genuinely and wholeheartedly believe in present centered living. Immersing ourselves and giving all we have to each moment will ensure fulfillment and peace in our daily life. The "NOW" is all that exists and all that will ever exist. Past and future are not reality at all, they are merely illusions that take many precious moments away from human beings and sometimes many precious years.
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