Upside of Down. . .

Upside of Down. . .

There is an upside to loss that we don’t take into account when we so desperately try to fend it off: As soon as we can truly let go, there is freedom to be gained. And isn’t freedom one of the most prized rewards we are seeking? The trouble with craving freedom is that we usually don’t want it to involve pain. We’d like to be able to be free of our bad habits and our defensiveness just like that. But it’s hard to let go. But after we mourn our losses, and if we can shrug them off and see them as a necessary part of maturation, we can truly be free. We can shed the shackles of our fears and anxieties and just be. The less involved your ego is in a situation, the more freedom we have to do what we want. By experiencing a loss, we are shown that our attachment to...

Circles. . .

Circles. . .

My father passed last night and as I have always done in this life, I reflect, I walk and I write. . . If you have ever visited our house you may have noticed paintings, art and various renditions of circles.This is because I have always believed that life and the world in general works in circles, and everything in its own way comes full circle. In many traditions and cultures the sacred circle was a symbol of our journey. In Native American tradition (my families background) The east gave peace and light, the south gave warmth, the west gave rain and the north with its cold and mighty wind gave strength and endurance. In Buddhist tradition the circle is simply a symbol for no end and no beginning, just life beyond what we can understand. Everything the power of...

Three Responses. . .

Three Responses. . .

There are only three responses to all the situations that life throws at us: The first is to solve the problem—either change it or walk away from it. The second option is to do nothing and watch your pain and unhappiness grow over time – not really a good solution. The third is to change how you feel about the problem. Say you’re in a job or marriage where you’re not getting what you want. Often people become bitter because they focus on the one negative thing, instead of opening their perspective to their entire life. Can you reevaluate and find the parts of the picture that are good and focus on them? This third solution is often the best, but it requires effort and attention which means we must awaken from our slumber and take steps of...

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