Doing What you Love, Loving what you Do

Om Om Om!

May these words serve the Highest Good.  Amen.

For a long time, I’ve had the idea and vision of giving talks and even leading workshops and seminars, yet I rarely do much about it.  I somehow postpone progress and delay and procrastinate ad infinitum!

Yet, when I think about giving talks or workshops, I almost always feel very good and excited about the idea.  The feeling is such that it seems pretty obvious that it’s something good for me to do.  Why else would it automatically stir such enjoyable feelings?

On the spiritual path, a few primary obstacles on desires for wealth, power of people, and sensual pleasures.  In the case of leading workshops, it could possibly bring me all three of those temptations, so I’d need to be aware of that and be ready to pass or possibly experience them but in the light of non-attachment – that is, not projecting any happiness upon them, but letting them come and go freely as they will.

So then, to me, it makes sense to listen to that inner feeling and follow it.

Last night, I watched the movie, The Secret, and it is primarily about knowing what you want and thinking about it regularly in an uplifting, positive way.  Generate all the good feelings about it, see its fulfillment, and make progress toward it daily.  Inch by inch, anything is a cinch.  The primary recommendation from the movie was to know what you want and think the thoughts and feel the feelings that lead you to overall feeling good about it.  Feel good!

Be Good and Do Good are common values.  Now let’s add to it – Feel Good!

The fun thing about prioritizing feeling good is that…feels good!  And in the moment, if you’re feeling good, what else could you really want?

So there is a beauty in feeling good.  Sure, in terms of The Secret, feeling good is a means to an end – the end being the fulfillment of your desire or goal.  Yet, on the spiritual path, feeling good is the means and the end.  Feeling good is a complete practice and goal in and of itself.  Feeling good moment to moment to moment, today, tomorrow, and eternally, what more could one possibly want?  If you keep up the feeling of feeling good, you’re set!  From that energy of feeling good, whatever comes and whatever goes is fine with you.  If you’re guaranteed to eternally feel good, wouldn’t you be wiling to give up everything else for it?  Money, friends, health, service opportunities – all of that is useful in that it leads to our feeling of goodness.  If it doesn’t, what’s the point?  So money is a great servant if it is used to support peace of mind, peace of body, and generally – feeling good.  If not, who needs it?

Feel good!

Know what you want, and feel good about it.  Give thanks for having it, even if it seems like you don’t yet have it, give thanks anyway.  Dwell in appreciation!

It is easy to complain and criticize, but do we ever feel good when we do that?  Why do we choose thoughts that don’t lead to us feeling good?  Are we trying to make ourselves feel bad?  Are we so attached to our own righteous opinions and judgments that we’re willing to sacrifice feeling good for their expression?  It doesn’t seem worth it to me.

Besides, when it comes down to it – what do we really want to give to others?  If we could give them the feeling of goodness, wouldn’t we want to give that?  And yet, how can we give anything to others if we don’t first have it ourselves?  So to give good feelings, we have to have those good feelings.  And that is an awesome gift!  I would rather have someone give me good feelings than anything else.  Good feelings actually serve us in the present moment, in Eternity, whereas things like money are relatively useless in the present moment, yet occasionally come in handy.  Wouldn’t you rather have a present moment feeling good rather than a present moment feeling of $1,000 or even $10,000 in your hand?  The good feeling actually pays.  The money is an illusion.  Feeling good is what we’re after in the long-run, it is what we work for, earn money for, and live for.  All the things we do are really to feel good, to feel happy.  And yet, the good feelings are present and accessible to us every moment.  It is just a matter of tuning our awareness to the good feelings of gratefulness, appreciation, acceptance, opening our eyes to the beauty and goodness and perfection of Reality As It Is.

So then..what’s the point?  Feel good!  Feel good!  Feel good!

Think whatever thoughts you need to think so that you feel good.  Hold the feeling good images in mind and in heart, think about whatever uplifting people inspire you, read those books that you love, call those people you love to talk to, pray to God how you love most – feel good!  That feeling good is a service to everyone and everything.  Feeling good is a holy act.  Feeling good is being connected to the Supreme, if only slightly.  As the connection deepens, the feelings expand.

The great thing is…feeling good is available now!

And 100 years from now, feeling good will also be available!

If all you really want in life is to feel good, you can feel good for the rest of your life.  And life will feel good!  That good feeling will also guide you through life, and you will benefit all those you come into contact with, and all those in the entire creation, not by anything you do, but by virtue of what you have become.  What you have become, that good feeling, will uplift us all.  So thank you for that!

Gloria in Excelsis Deo!

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Spiritual Journal 3/20/18

Om!

May these words serve the Highest Good.  Amen.

What would I like to be doing more of?

– Meditation. Spiritual Study.  Writing / Reflection / Flow. Walking and being in nature. Mindfulness practices (walking, eating, seeing, listening, etc.). Fasting / Moderation with food consumption.  Gratitude.  Prayers (upon waking, before and after meals, going to sleep, etc.). Volunteering.  Charity.  Laughing.  Playing.  Delighting in the simple things.  Relaxation.  Deep listening. Praising the Lord! Seeing the Perfection and Beauty in all things.  Devotional acts. Witnessing the Divine Glory 🙂  Giving, Giving, Loving, Loving, Serving, Serving!

What would I like to be doing less of?

– Talking. Thinking. Eating.

What would I like to stop doing?

 Hurrying / Rushing.  Interrupting people. Thinking I know what’s best.  Being messy / disorderly.  Pursuing sensory cravings and desires.

What would I like to start doing?

– Going for walks immersed in nature.  A podcast or at least to create an organized gathering of teachings and life experiences in audio form (could be via a voice recorder). Something with spiritual stories and lessons…devising a method to sharing them / teaching them if asked.  Committing to a 1-5 hour window on a daily basis to write / speak on spiritual subjects.

Okay then – Hallelujah!

Interesting to note, some things I do on a daily basis which were not listed above in any of the categories, which I guess means I feel I’m doing them in appropriate proportion currently…so not everything is out of balance – hooray!

General reflection in addition to that…eating dramas are still arising.  I think consistency with vitamin / mineral intake may help..as well as even consistency with work schedule and such.  Lots of variables right now and that may lead to some subtle stress which leads to overeating or mindless eating, whatever it may be.  Also, I am still in the space where most foods seem ‘unsafe’ except raw fruits and vegetables and leafy greens, and nuts/seeds if they are soaked – otherwise they have high levels of phytic acid – oh no!  Hehe, it is all a dream…

Infinite Love and Peace

Glory to God in the Highest!

How I Sabotage Myself with ‘Knowledge’

Om!

May these words serve the Highest Good.  Amen!

Sorry…

I just got screeched at by my partner, like a high pitched yell that lasted for 2 seconds…and it hurt on many levels…and it isn’t what I intended to write about…

but anyway – I guess I need to forgive that!

The lesson for me is…”There are more important things than food!” Which is actually the admonition I gave her after she screeched…of course it is applicable to me too!  The whole challenge between us actually arose because I was prioritizing the food rather than her wellbeing…and so she screeched…

Haha…the things we learn in the kitchen…cooking in the kitchen!

Anyway,

what this blog post title originally referred to…

Knowledge regarding food!  Of course.  Food is fun!

I’ve read enough about food that basically no food is safe anymore.  Except maybe green apples, I’m pretty sure I’ve come to the point where I’ve read something negative about every food on the planet.  Even brown rice, even beans, bananas, practically nothing is safe anymore!

Actually, thinking about it more, I’d say I’ve rarely come across anything negative regarding leafy greens include spinach, kale, lettuce, etc.  Also, sprouts seem to be safe.  So I can eat leafy greens and sprouts! And apple cider vinegar, and I feel confident about the multi-vitamins I take, and magnesium supplement!

Some of the staple foods that I’ve recently developed a slight aversion to: brown rice, tofu, any grain, beets and carrots, anything with white salt, anything with added sugar, dairy, and any legumes / beans.  Thinking that beans and rice are on the ‘no’ list of foods for me is perhaps the hardest for me living in community where those are basically served any day.

Anyway…the main issue isn’t the details but the context!  So…the issue is sabotage.  How do I sabotage?

Essentially, on a day when I somehow end up eating either a grain, or gluten, or dairy, or refined sugar, I then internally cross the whole day off as a failure, which then opens the rest of the day up to not following any of my general food guidelines / preferences.

Do you have any experiences like this in your life?  The gist of it is – I have a strong preference for abstaining from certain foods, and then if I happen to ‘break’ that preference for the day, then the day turns into a frenzy and I let go of any sense of discipline regarding food.

It isn’t as bad as it might sound, or maybe it doesn’t sound that bad – but I’m just bringing some light to the psychological trickery of the ego and mind and human appetite.

What’s the defense against such ignorance?

Spiritually speaking…

If I lived in the radical present and transcended memory, then I would have no memories to go back to where the rules were broken, and so having forgotten the rules were ever broken, there goes the excuse to break them again.  Also, with no memory, that also in a sense could mean no knowledge and then there would be no knowledge about the right or wrong of foods in the first place which could also be nice.  Really – I’m sure science could tell us that in some way any and every food is ultimately harming us and contributing to our death – but that doesn’t mean the best thing to do is not to eat!  My guess is that the best choices regarding food ultimately come down to the attitude with which the food is consumed and not what the food is.  The context of the food rather than the content matters most.  In a context of gratitude and appreciation, all food is nourishing and holy.  In a context of anxiety and frustration, all food is toxic.  So…more important than what we eat is the attitude with which we eat.

It probably would be healthy for me to drop aversions to foods like brown rice and legumes – especially following a mostly vegan diet – abstaining from legumes sounds pretty tough.  Then again, I will say that the times in my life when I’ve had great spiritual experiences and feelings of a high level of consciousness were when I was mostly eating raw foods and lots of ‘superfoods.’  Lots of sprouts!  So…I think there is something to the quality of food that is eaten, but then again also during those raw food sagas I also ate with high levels of gratitude and sincere appreciation for the gift.

Sincere appreciation for the Gift, whatever it is! – that is a key or abundant life and health 🙂

Also…there is something about holy forgetfulness.  To the extent that any memory serves as an excuse for behavior we could ‘bad,’ then it is not serving us at all, and we might as well forget it!  Forget and forgive and forget again!  All innocent, all divine, all love.

Glory to God in the Highest!

Spiritual Journal: More Honesty! 3/18

Om!

May these words serve the Highest Good.  Amen!

Upon witnessing my human animal going through its day, I realized that one of its primary faults is not being properly reflected upon / addressed in the Spiritual Journal.  So…without too much disclosure…perhaps there is still a bit of fear about some of the shortcomings…I’m continue to evolve the journaling and include some of the great virtues of the yoga sutras, commonly referred to as Yama & Niyama, or Observances and Abstinences.

Nonviolence: 8/10.  Said some words that were not totally skillful. Basically intentionally ‘dissed’ someone for a few laughs from the group.  Anyway, I have forgiven myself 😉

Truthfulness: 8/10.  If I said 9 or 10…well then I’d be putting myself in a trap!

Non-stealing: This is something I could work on it.  It is subtle, but I think I need more honesty and awareness around this area…and perhaps have some consequences in place if I feel that I violated this virtue.

Moderation: Getting better with this regarding food consumption…waiting until noon to eat is becoming more normal and relaxed, although I still tend to have a big lunch!

Non-greed: This seems to be partnered with non-stealing and moderation too…so I’d say it is okay but could be better.  Could also be more generous with charity, both monetary giving and giving by means of volunteer service.

Purity: Well…this a pretty vague word.  If it refers to the intention I have throughout the day, I’d say I am generally service-oriented and focused on loving and giving, although when it comes to food sometimes I eat for the senses rather than to optimize the service of the body and mind.

Contentment: Pretty much so!  Especially with the idea that if everything goes terribly I’ll just living a wandering sadhu or swami lifestyle…it is all okay.  Nothing to fear – nothing to see.  The Lord is my shepherd  – I have all I need!

Accepting pain without causing pain: Yes…haven’t been experiencing much pain recently – may have caused a bit of pain…God help me!

Spiritual Study: Ah, love reading the Bible 🙂  Haven’t been up on the Bhagavad Gita the last few days…but did just complete a weekend workshop on nonviolent communication which seemed like a spiritual event.

Surrender to God: Pretty good with this…who knows!  God knows 🙂

Ok then…reconnecting with the areas for growth and the direction to grow in…

Mindfulness and Gratitude while eating, being with people: More! More! More! 🙂

Depth of Meditation: Feeling pretty good.

Wake up: past two mornings have been early starting with meditation and a yoga class, thanks to the ashram and the weekend workshop.

Focusing on the Spiritual, transcending the worldly: Kind of…

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Ok another fun way – let’s look at the 7 deadly sins!

Anger: Pretty good with this.  Although I do get annoyed.

Lust: Working on this.  Working on seeing the Beauty in all people of all shapes and sizes, not just the one’s generally considered ‘good-looking.’  Working on looking beyond appearance, to the essence, the Divine Essence!  Remembering I have all I need….the Lord is my shepherd.

Sloth: Pretty good.  Sometimes sleeping in late, but pretty active and serving during the day.

Envy: Did have some envy of wealth the other day, and even envy of some Mormons who were on their 2 year pilgrimage and talked with me for a bit.  Then I remembered to just love them and celebrate life with them and that healed the envy.

Gluttony: Ahh…tricky tongue! The body is staying relatively fit and light so I guess it is decently under control…and with the discipline of intermittent fasting at least there is some sense of order there…but during the eating window things still seem to get a bit out of a hand…let’s see how things go for the rest of the day.

I guess I need to get clear on my ideal during this area and the step-by-step process to getting there.  I think it would be great to eat only 1 meal a day and feel totally satisfied with that…and the journey to getting there would be going from 3 to 2 meals a day…right now I am able to wait until 12 to eat and then almost have 3 mini-meals from 12-2 and then sometimes snacks around 4 and dinner at 630…so in a sense it a lot of eating sessions.  Maybe I’ll just commit to 3 meals in the 12-8 window – because right now I sometimes eat at 5 or 6 different times in that window – so not that efficient!  Being disciplined with only eating at 3 separate occasions in that 12-8 window would be a good start…let’s do it!

Greed: Could be more generous with finances…kind of unsure with this whole bitcoin rollercoaster ride.  I’m still in it for the long-term hold, although sometimes it does look like it is all going to 0 and I think about taking out what I put in.  We shall see!  Maybe I’ll practice not looking at it / checking it on a daily basis…that might help to be less greedy – and perhaps to keep closer track of finances so that I am definitely giving 10% of my income to charity.

Also, sometimes I have doubts about wanting a full-time job just for the extra income vs. wanting it because the service is fulfilling and I’d be good at it.  Maybe it is a bit of both, but I hope it is more of the latter!  To be on vacation all the time, doing work that is enjoyable..that’s the good stuff!

Pride: This comes up when physically exercising…vanity…trying not to look in the mirror too much.

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Ok…then the great spiritual points:

Awareness of the Beauty, Perfection, Holiness / Sacredness of All that Exists:

Well…now that I think about it…it is there a little bit.  Could always be greater, though!  Maybe a walk in Nature would help.

Aha!  I do remember seeing raindrops on a tree this morning and sensing some beauty and awe in that.

Selfless Service and Giving: More!

 

Okay…

I was about to be hard on myself for the poor quality of these journals, but they are mostly just for my own use and probably not of much value to readers..so perhaps I will get back to writing on here and start a different blog for these spiritual diaries…that might be the respectful thing to do!

 

Thank you in Abundance!

Glory to God in the Highest!

 

Spiritual Journal 3/16

Om!

May these words serve the Highest Good! Amen.

After listening to some spiritual teachings and considering what really matters, I’m updating the format / languaging of the journal so that it emphasizes the direction I’d like to move in.

  1. Awareness of the Intrinsic Perfection, Beauty, Holiness, and Sacred of all that Exists, of All of Creation – Beyond Perception and Thoughts and Opinions – Beyond Duality, Sensing the Essence, the Exquisite:

2. Optimal Feelings of Health of Physical Body

3. Peace, Calmness, and Serenity of Mind:

4. Reverence and Gratitude for All Life; Mindfulness & Appreciation for the Gifts of Life

5. Being Present in the Moment, Awake to the Divine Presence; Awake to Love & Peace.

6. Quality of Speech: Aligned with that which is Truthful, Beneficial, Pleasant, and Useful

7 . Selfnessness (Free from petty-mindedness and vainly pursuing sensory pleasures and cravings)

8. A Tamed Tongue, Via Speech and Food Consumption.

9. Worshipping God (not mammon!)

Okay…let’s begin one at a time!

  1. Ah yes, the great ideal.  Sometimes when I pause and intentionally try to see the Beauty and Perfection of things, it is fairly obvious.  Really though, to even have the awareness to stop already means I’m close to it!

Today, I did have some negative thoughts, and basically what I did was wrote down all the criticisms and complaints and just let them be.  I wrote them down somewhat with the intention of burning them…but they were typed so not going to burn a whole computer!  As I wrote the complaints, I felt like I was writing them about myself, even though when I began I felt I was writing them about someone else.  But, because they were not addressed to anyone in particular, when I looked back at them I could pretend they were about me and they were all reflections, so that helped with the Oneness.  It helped to ‘vent’ the negative judgments and opinions and then to not sure share them.

I did read something in Proverbs today, by chance a Bible flipped open to a page, that said something about the one who loves correction loves Truth, or something like that.  Anyway, not only did that inspire me to read more of Proverbs but also to seek more correction.  So – Hallelujah!

2. Health of the Body…generally feeling good.  I did take a few bites of birthday cake which was loaded with sugar, dairy, gluten, and even food coloring!  About 30-60 minutes after,  I did feel some heart pains.  So – bah!  Perhaps the worst part about the cake was that it was far from organic / high quality ingredients.  If it was all organic or even homemade, that might have been a little different.  I also ate it standing up…which is what everyone else was doing…hehe no excuse….so anyway – health has seemed good but did have somewhat of a relapse with the stabbing heart pains – although today the sensation was more mild then it has been in the past.  And, just to reflect once more, when the heart pains initially started around a month ago, I was eating copious amounts of cashews and probably honey too, and since I have basically stopped eating both, and the heart pains are mostly gone.  I also started exercising on a regular basis and began intermittent fasting – so hopefully all things are working together for the good!

3.  Quality of mind…2 meditation sits today of decent quality – not too long!  I thought today at 5pm as I exercised that I would do well to then do hatha and meditate before eating…but sure enough tongue got the best of me and I ate before stretching and meditating…so now the stomach is a bit full and meditation will likely have to wait until this evening before bed.  Anyway, the mind has been pretty good, and it is happy bitcoin price is back up, and it is happy that it spoke up about pursuing a new position at work and a raise…but yes the meditations could be better.  It did help to write down a few negative thoughts and then forget about them…just to get them down on paper…

4.  Walking amongst the trees is a great experience and way I tune into reverence and gratitude for life and the beauty in all things.  Otherwise, I have been struggling to slow down enough when eating to be truly, profoundly grateful.  The time discipline with the food is interesting, and it is perhaps the first time I’ve done it, and done it successfully/truthfully for so long, yet the results have been mixed.  I went into a state of joy and bliss last night after 8pm – after the eating window closed – and was so happy just having fun and feeling light and easy.  Yet, during the eating window, hehe it can be tough!  Eat, eat, eat, seems to be the motto during the eating window.  We shall see how it develops!  The journaling is helping to slow down – because I know I’m going to have to give account!  I did wait until about 12:20 pm to eat today instead of right at 12…so that was somewhat of a success! Still though, would love to be more grateful and appreciative for all the gifts of life, and to make hay while the sun shines!

I am somewhat on the quest for acquiring more work/service hours, and part of me wonders how much of that is ego vs. spirit.  I also wonder how it balances with the householder life / renunciate life.  Because I am with a partner, I think it is part of a way I am embracing a householder life, and also I find that with more hours employed, that means more hours that I am effectively in the good company and out of trouble!  I do wonder if taking on more service hours is not necessarily making hay while the sun shines, hehe and then on perhaps a much smaller level I think it is making hay while the sun shines because it is such a rare job opportunity that could be really great – who knows! So I think it could be very fun and a great way to serve, and maybe will increase my willpower and discipline and help facilitate greater simplicity and ease in my life.

5.  Being Present.  Saying thank you is one thing I do well.  Especially with quality interactions with people, it is such a gift, and to me it makes sense to thank the person for their time and presence.  I could certainly be more awake to Love and Peace and Beauty…this is the journey!  How?  Go a bit more slowly…let go of my attachments and aversions…just surrender to what is being asked and give to the one who asks….love everyone and everything, no matter what!  Give up the idea of knowing anything and just focus on being.  Amen! Be like a child – totally innocent and ignorant, free and pure.

6. Speech – I could speak less, and timing!  Timing could improve.  If it isn’t ‘pressing,’ it can wait, and I don’t need to inconvenience others for my own convenience, that’s not nice!  Really…when speaking I don’t understand much, but I think just listening and saying thank you and being grateful is a solid foundation and actually a complete practice.  What do I really have to say?  Unless people ask…I might as well stay quiet!  My words seemed pretty truthful today, mostly beneficial, pleasant, useful….hooray!

7. I got pretty hooked on some cookies and biscuits today.  Gave into some sense pleasures…and it is only 6:30pm so still 1.5 hours of the eating window open for more mischief!  Hehe.  I ate what might be called a ‘low quality cake’ today because it seemed like it was doing a service to eat it, and I had such a modest amount of it that I don’t think it really did any harm, and really I did it as a service!  Afterwards, I did gobble down a couple LARA bars as an attempt to balance with some healthier substances.  Then I took vitamins 🙂 Anyway…less thinking, more loving – that sounds good!

One fun development is I’m in the process of giving up an easy service of bringing an elderly woman to meals and allowing other people to do it who might be in greater need of service opportunities, and I’m willing to take on a job with a lower pay because ultimately I think it may be more fulfilling.  Let’s see!

Eating I think is one of the great opportunities to eat truly as a service and to be free from selfishness.  Today…I think I did okay.  As mentioned, ate a bunch of biscuits and cookies which could have been shared…but seemed pretty good for health too over all…o wait maybe not the cookies…but really the were crumbly and may have fallen on the floor so weren’t really in ‘form’ to share…you can see how the ego/mind plays tricks and games 😉

8. Tamed tongue? Mostly addressed above.  In the process!

9. Devoting and dedicating and surrendering everything to God.  Ah yes, the Golden Present.  Live for this day!  Don’t worry for tomorrow.  God takes care.

I have heard some ‘odd’ ideas about the future recently, like the idea of an ice age in 2022 and things like that that can jolt me into some state of fear or concern or worry – whatever it is…alas just loving and serving and living to give is nice.

Most of my worldly concerns arise when I consider the notion of also providing for a partner rather than just caring for my own human vehicle.  Alas, I know my partner is also highly capable and devoted and pure of heart and relatively fearless so I could trust in her more and trust in God through her and through all.  Anyway, who knows what the future may bring.  The point is…Love is! Charity, generosity, virtue…that’s the good stuff!

What’s the big lesson for today?

Want nothing.  Give thanks for the great gifts of life.  Be generous when you can.  Be honest.  No need to hide anything from anyone.  Just love.  Be open.  Be kind.

 

Glory to God in the Highest!

 

How to Serve the Highest Good: Stay in Good Company

Om!

May these words serve the Highest Good.  Amen!

One of the most common pieces of spiritual advice is to stay in good company.

What is good company?

The good news about good company is that it is nothing necessarily externally manifest.  Good company can be found not only in the company of the Pope and your local clergy, but also in the simplicity and purity of a loving thoughtful, a grateful thought.  Good company is not far away – but really it is as near as your own heart.  That’s the good news 🙂

Good company is in a good thought!

So, keep in good company.

 

Glory to God in the Highest!

What’s the Most I can Give to All Creation?

Om!

May these words serve the Highest Good.  Amen.

What’s the most I can give to all creation?  What’s the most I can do to serve the Highest Good of everyone and everything?

Good questions to ask – yes?

Now let’s see….what are the answers?

The most I can give to all creation is…Love!  How can I give love? By loving!  How?  It is a feeling.  When is the time to Love? In the Present!  Where to love?  Right where you are!

Another form of the question that might appeal more to our egos and any sense of grounding we have in the world and with our human bodies — What’s are some of the greatest sacrifices I could make in serving to the Highest Good of Everyone and Everything?

I could make the great sacrifice of…fasting…of only speaking the truth…of feeling the presence of Love and Peace in all circumstances…of unconditionally loving everyone and everything, even my enemies…of being grateful for all things…

The great sacrifice of only eating one meal a day…

The great sacrifice of keeping the body and mind perfectly healthy and balanced…

The great sacrifice of refraining from sensory indulgence of the tongue – that is only eating for health of the body and mind and refraining from eating for pleasure’s sake (that would mean no ice cream or cookies!)

The great sacrifice of channeling all sexual energy to higher purposes – as Gandhi would say channeling the kundalini.

The great sacrifice of going into silence for seven days or one month, a year, or a lifetime.

The great sacrifice of joining a monastic life and formally devoting this life to prayer and meditation and humble service.

The great sacrifice of practicing all the great spiritual teachings – of giving to the one who asks, of not worrying for tomorrow, of being perfect as the Father is perfect, etc.

The great sacrifice of…giving away all worldly possessions and walking straight ahead, no matter what, committed to spiritual truth – Love and Peace.

The great sacrifice of…living an inspiring, disciplined life – focused on Loving and Serving and maximizing the use of the great gifts given at birth and the treasures of this lifetime.

The great sacrifice of…getting another degree, become well-established and prestigious, and giving seminars, etc.

The great sacrifice of writing 3-5 hours a day – creating a spiritual book.

The great sacrifice of giving up all thoughts and surrendering everything to God.

The great sacrifice of meditating constantly, in all circumstances and conditions.

The great sacrifice of saying something and sticking to it.

The great sacrifice of living a holy day, day after day.

The great sacrifice of forgetting everything else but Love and Peace.

The great sacrifice of living a simple, humble life, following the Guru’s Sadhana, loving thy neighbor as thyself, loving God above all else, honoring the 10 commandments, and avoiding the 7 deadly sins.

Aha!

Yes…many great sacrifices can be made.  How do we choose?  What would be your great sacrifice?

Glory to God in the Highest!