When you consider the notion of unconditional happiness, do you think it’s a possibility? While in human form, that is. Can you experience unconditional happiness while in human form? (Answer: Why not? The choice is yours. 🙂 )
Allow me to share a secret. Becoming more conscious and aware…rocks. Living you truth is amazing. Knowing your ideals and pursuing them is wonderful. Sure, you might have to let go of some things and your sense of self / identity might shift a bit, but that’s totally okay, because the truth is, you are on a journey of discovery! We are all on this journey together, and the journey is largely one of growth, exploration, and becoming more conscious! Such is the business of life and evolution.
Throughout the course of the day, we do many things. But how often do we really feel like we are present in the activity? How often do we give an activity our full attention?
For example, when was the last time you enjoyed food, while simply enjoying the food and nothing else. That means no television, writing, texting, no conversation at all even. When was the last time you gave yourself the gift of undivided attention while eating some food?
Throughout the course of the day, I see many people do many things, and often times the people I observe are people doing more than one thing at once, like texting and walking, eating and holding conversation. I even saw someone today talking on the phone, smoking a cigarette, and walking. And, for the sake of discussion, let’s call this walker / smoker / talker tri-athlete Daron. What do you think the chances are that Daron was enjoying anything that he was doing? Imagine how much more he would have enjoyed the walk if he was just walking, or how much more he would have appreciated the person he was talking to with on the phone if he was only talking to them. Even better, imagine if he simply slowed down to smoke the cigarette and do nothing else but smoke the cigarette – he might even stop smoking! A little awareness goes a long way. Shine the light.
OVER-STIMULATION!!! Ahhh. So many things coming at us all the time, yet how often do we even give ourselves the gift of becoming aware in the Present, Wonderful Moment, and actually take time to smell the roses? The roses will smell good every time, and you will almost certainly enjoy them if you allow. It is your choice. Make the decision. In light!
I guess the point is…live consciously. Slow down. Think about what you’re doing. Even while typing this, I just realized how quickly I am typing, and how amazing it is that some intelligence can communicate thoughts to move these fingers in a coordinated many to create these words on the screen…Hallelujah! It’s like looking at fingerprints…how the heck did they get there? How do these bodies really work? Miracles abound, and yet often do we appreciate them?
Where does our food come from? I’ve been enjoying a lot of bananas recently, and I’m amazed each time I look at the sticker that says the banana is from Columbia, Peru, Guatemala, Mexico, or even today I enjoyed from Costa Rica! And wow, just remembered I had an orange from South Africa…seriously! WHAT?!?!? How amazing. The way this world is connected, the miracles that abound all around us. So much joy when we slow down to think and become aware of what we are truly experiencing in any given moment. Awareness rocks. Mindfulness. Slow down.
Napoleon Hill wrote a book titled, “Think and Grow Rich.” Often times, when I hear the word rich I think of financial abundance, however currently I’m realizing how thinking about something like the origins of our food can truly grow us rich in gratitude and in spirit. An abundance of riches are available to anyone who has the courage to slow down, think, and become aware.
Realize the Truth! Oneness. We are all in this together! Life is a miracle. You are miracle! Enjoy. And really, frikkin’ eat fruits and vegetables, and not animals. Seriously. Animals are way more fun to play with than to eat, and they are of the Creator and the Creation, just like you and I, so why not love them as you do your fellow Brothers and Sisters of mankind? Life is sacred. All Life is sacred. Delight. Shine the Light of awareness. Seek compassion. Ally with Peace. Care for the gift of Life and of Consciousness in One and All. Love the Truth.
And, as far as eating animals goes, Jesus’ words ring in consciousness now, “Forgive them father for they know not what they do.” It’s like Paul McCartney said, “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.” It’s a challenge to empathize with an animal’s sacred life when it’s presented to you in the form of a white or reddish hunk of matter wrapped in plastic and stored away on a shelf with a “$7.95″ price tag sticker slapped on it, but just remember…that was life. And by your purchasing it, you’re complicit in the slaughter and you’re supporting the murdering of innocent creatures who experience consciousness just as you and I do. And, if you really want to, you can bring even more and more and more awareness to the thought of eating animals. Of course, change is scary, and who really wants to change life long habits that seem to serve them pretty well so far? The truth is, eating animals is being complicit in violence, and the moral compass and spirit we all have inside us isn’t really ‘down’ with violence. So, likely case, only when you stop eating animals will you experience that Peace Within on a more regular base. Free yourself! Shed your life of violence and realize greater Peace, Consciousness, and alignment with your truest and highest values.
Remember – you are significant. Your decisions count. You matter! We are always learning from each other…what kind of example are you setting? Would you want your 5 year old child to go with you to a slaughterhouse and then go to the store and purchase the pig and eat it? Do you think the 5 year old would be able to eat it after witnessing the slaughter?
Become aware! What acts of violence are you complicit in? Where can you grow in compassion and connection with everyone and everything? Connection is a wonderful feeling 🙂
Wisdom for the day…”Rich in virtue, like an infant.” – Lao Tzu.
Children are so rich in virtue, because they understand that life is life is life! All life is sacred. Only when we become like children do we enter the Kingdom. Love All!
As always, remember to breathe 🙂
Hallelujah, Hallelujah! Om Guru Om, Jai Satya Jai
Namaste; The Life Force in me sees, appreciates, and bows to the Life Force in You, realizing that ultimately, we are One.
p.s. If you eat animals, that’s okay. You are loved unconditionally no matter what. Sometimes it can be hard to show compassion to “other” creatures when we don’t feel like we’re being shown compassion by our own kind, so perhaps we subconsciously vent our anger by silently consenting to the slaughtering of millions of innocent creatures each day. Gee – it’s like a genocide out there! Alas, take it slow. Death is an inevitable part of life. Over 150,000 people – that is human beings – die every day. No need to get too attached to these physical bodies or the physical bodies of “other” beings, including animals. However, just saying, I think we can all find greater peace as we expand our circle of compassion to include all creatures.
As Albert Einstein says,
“A human being is a part of the whole, called by us “Universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.”
He knew something, right?
p.p.s. Obviously, all sharing is best to end with an acknowledgment of the Most High – The Divinity – God – Energy – Universal Consciousness – Mr. Pretzel – whatever / whoever you want to call it…and to all of that Abundance of Goodness I say Hallelujah!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂