Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing until it gets there. – Josh Billings
Ah, the power of focus.
Let us decide on one thing and stick to it, no matter what, until we realize it completely. Until or single is entirely fulfilled, let us waver not!
Blessed to overhear a bit of a conversation the other day, the only words that registered were, “Mastery is knowing where you want to go and never veering off course.”
Imagine that. To know where you want to go in life and never veer off course. To know exactly what you want, and never sway! That kind of focus allows anything and everything manifest. There is nothing that can stop a one-pointed mind with clear focus and determination to persist – no matter what!
All we ever really need to decide is what it is we want more than anything else – what really matters most to us – and focus on it continuously until we realize it. And perhaps, even once we realize it, we’ll continue to focus on it, because it is the be all and end all.
The best is when we discover that pure desire, so great and so worthy, that we effortlessly focus on it without even trying. Wanting something so badly that we forget about everything else – that’s pure gold.
It’s easy to want something. It’s more challenging to only want one thing, and to want it so badly that you don’t want anything else, and to want it in such a way that all of your thoughts, words and actions are entirely oriented towards it’s fulfillment and realization. Wouldn’t that be an awesome way to live? A fully integrated life! Such that there is no separation between each moment of our lives – every moment is centered in the Purpose you choose – how beautiful!
How can we achieve this?
Reflect! Know Thyself. Ask the big questions. Go deep within. Find out the true desires, the pure desires. Find out what moves you. Consider who you are. Consider why you are on planet earth. Determine what matters most to you.
It can be helpful to identify attachments, and then identify a desire that is so strong that you would willingly give up those attachments to realize the fulfillment of the desire.
For example, let’s say you are attached to eating 3 meals a day, 7 days a week. What is a desire so great that you’d be willing to eat only 2 meals a day, 6 days a week, and then drink only water one day a week? That’s a big jump to make, but certainly there is something worth it! At the same time, realizing your desire won’t necessarily require skipping meals or fasting one day a week…it’s just an example 🙂
Really, identifying attachments that cause pain and perhaps ‘hold us back’ from fulfilling our ultimate desire is best. So if you have a great desire to run a marathon, but also desire to watch 3 hours of television a night, those desires might be incompatible, in which case, shining the light of awareness on each desire is helpful. Place the desires in context. Which desire is best for me, for my family and friends, for my country, and for the world? Which desire will move me in a wonderful direction? Which desire is best for the body, mind, and soul? We’ve got to be real with ourselves, and use the power of reason to cut past lame excuses for not making positive changes in our lives. There are two sides to every coin, so the mind can literally slide its way out of any attempts to ‘reason,’ so successful reasoning only comes when we also employ the heart and seek the truth in all earnestness, with full sincerity. Otherwise, we might just rationalize, which is often telling ourselves “rational lies.”
Considering aspirations for Higher Consciousness and Awareness, which are more of the mental and spiritual realms than those of the physical plane, what attachments can hold us back from realizing such spiritual goals?
Examples of spiritual goals include: Unconditional Loving Everyone and Anything, Accepting Everything and practicing non-judgment/not-knowing, Perceiving All as Perfect / God’s Will, Seeing the Self in All / Living in Unity and Oneness with All That Is, achieving a state of fearlessness, Seeing that all things work together for good, letting go of all grudges and resentments / unconditionally forgiving, identifying with Infinite Spirit / Light / Love / Peace rather than the body/mind, Enjoying the Fullness of Every Moment, knowing the Highest Truth to the question “What am I?” etc.
Lofty aspirations indeed! Yet, every single one of us, as human beings, are worthy and capable of realizing all the of the above and more!
The question is, what is holding us back?
What stops us from enjoying every moment? Maybe wanting things to be different than they are. Judging other people in a negative light. Forgetting about the Presence of God / Love. Essentially, the Buddha would say – Desires! Desires cause the suffering. And a desire is a thought-form that comes from not accepting the moment as perfect. If we realize Perfection Here and Now, what could we possibly want? And why don’t we perceive Here and Now as Perfect? Because the ego holds on to judgments, positionalities, and a sense of good and bad / right and wrong. The ego lives in a world of duality, which served bodies evolutionarily, but now that same perception of duality that once served us now hinders our spiritual growth and evolution . The more we release illusions of duality and realize there is Only One – God, Love, Peace – the more we evolve, and the more we enjoy 🙂
Enjoy the Fullness of This Moment 🙂
Shanti, Shanti, Shanti