Leading Guided Meditation Part 2

Hallelujah ūüôā

This morning, after leading a guided meditation, a few key points became clear.

  1.  A proper introduction to the practice is most valuable!  In addition to explaining the process for the practice this morning, also offer an explanation of how they can take this practice home with them and practice by themselves.
    1. Let the students know that you’ll be practicing various techniques, and hopefully one of the techniques resonates with them so that they can take it home with them and practice regularly. ¬†Let them know that an ‘Om’ will signify the beginning of a new technique.
      1. Also, let them know that all the techniques are tools that we eventually need to let go of. ¬†The tools are to calm the mind, but ultimately the process of meditation takes us beyond the mind completely, so we don’t want to be attached to the tools, but keep them in their proper place. ¬†The tools are there to serve us, not we to serve them. ¬†They help us train the mind so that we become its master rather than slave.
  2. After each practice, bring closure. ¬†For example, if the focus is on the sound of the breath and listening to the breath, consider a transitional statement and guidance going forward with the practice, rather than just ending the practice with an ‘Om.’
  3. Before beginning: remind them that everything worth while takes time.  No one has bypassed the mind the first time.  So the process of practicing concentration and meditation is like training an innocent puppy.  As we practice, we are not to set up thoughts/the ego as an enemy, but rather see it as totally innocent, and melt it with compassion and understanding.  We can see the ego/thinking process identifies with the animal body and is concerned with its survival Рwhich in many ways is a totally reasonable concern.  So, instead of condemning the ego and the thought process, we just witness it and melt it with compassion.
    1. Progress in concentration and meditations happens daily and naturally and benefits when the welfare of the calmness of mind is taken into consideration regarding all activities of daily life: from food choices to conversations to movies to music.  Everything adds up and either contributes to our peace of mind or its disturbance.
    2. When first beginning practice, don’t expect anything. ¬†Just commit to practice out of a sincere interest in the truth, freeing oneself from the illusion that happiness is something to be gained externally, and to confirm the spiritual teachings directly via one’s own experience (e.g. The Kingdom is Within).
    3. Inspire them! ¬†Give the students all the inspiration they need – but be weary of slipping into a preaching mode. ¬†Be sure to speak sincerely and enthusiastically but not preaching. ¬†Meditation is not so much about what is heard but what is unheard, so even as they listen to instruction they can listen to the silence out of which all sound arises. ¬†Allow the whole experience to be meditative rather than something intellectual (i.e. the instruction). ¬†Turn giving and listening to the instruction into a meditation itself! ¬†Don’t get intellectual. ¬†Prioritize ‘being’ rather than ‘doing.’
      1. On that note, clarify that the techniques are ‘doing,’ but the end of meditation is pure being. ¬†It is ultimately about being, not doing! ¬†The doing can just help calm and purify the mind, and when the mind is calm and pure it is easier to go beyond it.
    4. Be so clear in your preparation that you know exactly the steps you will guide them through so that you can communicate the plan ahead of time. ¬†Then again, don’t want to burden students with ideas to cling to about future expectations…sooo be weary. ¬†All for fun!
    5. Have fun ūüôā ¬†Enjoy it. ¬†During the whole process, hold an energy of gratitude for the opportunity to give and be of service. ¬†The giver is truly the receiver! ¬†Giving is a great opportunity to grow spiritually – and that is what we are here for!

Gloria in Excelsis Deo!

What is the Truth?

“Put no ahead above your own.” – The Buddha

Whatever is the Truth, know it by your direct experience. ¬†Don’t take anyone’s word for it.

Furthermore, if the Truth means pain and suffering and misery, what’s the point?

So if pain and suffering and misery happens to be the Truth, I might suggest….by all means…defy it!

If Truth doesn’t mean absolute Peace, Happiness, and Freedom, why would we align with it?

So, to pursue the Truth, it might be helpful to operate with the assumption that the Truth is generally positive, even supremely positive.  If you were the Creator of the Universe, what Truth would you create with?  If you have the power to create everything, by what laws would you allow creation to operate with?

Pretend there is no absolute Truth.  Instead, you can pretend you determine the Truth.   What would be the Supreme Truth, according to you?  What would the Supreme Truth be that would really, absolutely and positively serve you best?

Trust that whatever is best for you is actually already the case. ¬†Trust that the Truth of Reality is just that. ¬†Everything that happens is the very best for you. ¬†Test this out with your own direct experience rather than just taking it as mere fact. ¬†How? ¬†Whenever something occurs to you that seems anything less than the very best, question it intensely. ¬†I’m confident that if you dig deeply enough into any event, you can come to se how the event could very well be the absolute best thing for you. ¬†Even stubbing a toe, you can see the benefit in it, and you can see how it served you. ¬†Everything serves you! ¬†Look for it. ¬†Trust in it. Confirm it via your direct experience.

With a certain level of honesty, you can come to agree that it’s best that not everything you wish for comes true. ¬†If everything you thought of instantly manifested in the physical plane, that really wouldn’t serve you.

You’ll find that the way thinking and manifesting and action manifest is actually already perfect. ¬†It is fantastic that our thoughts don’t instantly manifest on the physical plane. ¬†We’d all be in great trouble!

Look for the perfection underlying Creation as it is. ¬†Trust that Creation exists perfectly and serves you perfectly. ¬†It is good it doesn’t give you everything you ask for instantly. ¬†That would be no fun! ¬†See how Creation is optimally fun and optimally conducive for your growth, learning, and spiritual evolution.

“You shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free.” Jesus

If Truth binds us, why would we want anything to do with it?  Rather, put absolute freedom, freedom from all fear and worry and anxiety, as the metric for truth.  If it instills fear or worry or anxiety, trust that it is not in alignment with Truth.  Prioritize the Truth РFreedom Рand watch how the fear, worry, and anxiety dissolve.  There is nothing to fear in the Light of Truth.

Gloria in Excelsis Deo!

How to Transcend Selfishness

Hallelujah ūüôā

What is selfishness?

What does selfishness look like?

Selfishness is essentially destructive and / or harmful.

It can look like laziness or excessive activity. ¬†Selfishness lacks balance. ¬†It is totally centered around the experience of the individual without consideration for the welfare of others, and really it even lacks considering the welfare of the individual. ¬†Even though selfishness is centered around the individual, it does not actually look out for the welfare of the individual. ¬†Rather, selfishness harms everyone and everything in the long-run. ¬†It doesn’t even benefit the perpetrator! ¬†So it is really a lose/lose. ¬†In the short-term, a selfish act like stealing can look like a win/lose, but when seen from a higher perspective, considering the long-term, we all know that stealing doesn’t even serve the one who supposedly gained from the theft. ¬†Even the thief is a loser! ¬†So selfishness is like that.

To go beyond selfishness – consider winning in the long-term. ¬†Short-term wins can look like sleeping an extra few minutes, eating three more slices of pizza, cheating on a test, stealing a candy bar, condemning homeless people, etc. but when any of the aforementioned actions are looked at from the long-term perspective, we see that they really don’t serve anyone. ¬†They don’t serve the evolution and liberation of the soul, which is what we are primarily concerned about. ¬†The earth is a school for learning, and when we act in ignorance, we don’t learn much. ¬†We might learn a little, but the learning from such actions would only be from finally admitting how they are truly painful, and that they don’t even serve us in the short-run. ¬†The minute we steal something, part of us feels bad. The minute we go past our limit and overdo, we know it, and some part of us regrets it.

Transcending selfishness requires sincerity and awareness. ¬†In Reality, the truly selfish thing to do is to prioritize your own peace and happiness above all else – because that is what we all actually want. ¬†So by all means, be selfish for that! ¬†The best part about this kind of enlightened self-interest is that it also benefits others. ¬†Because it benefits both ourselves and others, it can hardly be said to be selfish at all, or at least it is equally selfless. ¬†When you’re engaged in actions and a way of being that seems totally selfish nd also totally selfless and serviceful, that’s how you know you probably struck gold and are aligned with Truth.

Service-orientiation is the great liberating perspective to free us from selfishness. ¬†It can even be a simple focus on serving ourselves, but not just with sensory pleasures and short-term satisfactions – rather though serving ourselves with long-term fulfillment and peace. ¬†That kind of service to self serves all. ¬†Or, just forget the small self and focus on serving others – that will equally serve yourself because you’ll experience the joy of giving and transcend the illusion of separateness. ¬†When we live to serve, we realize higher consciousness and awareness that liberates us from so much darkness, ignorance, and illusion. ¬†It is only the ego that dreads service; ¬†the Highest part of all of us knows how enjoyable and pure and wonderful service is.

By all means, serve! ¬†Serve yourself by prioritizing your own peace and joy and happiness and all else, and serve others by doing the same ūüôā ¬†Or, forget yourself and just serve others however seems most natural in the present moment. ¬†Giving brings harmony. ¬†Love and give. ¬†Live only to serve! ¬†It liberates every time. ¬†Even in a moment, even if you find yourself engaged in an entirely selfish act – just stop – dedicate it to the benefit of humanity – and continue. ¬†Notice the energy shift. ¬†Notice the freedom. It is all within.

 

Gloria in Excelsis Deo!

How to Stop Suffering

Hallelujah ūüôā

Suffering arises from ignorance.

What is ignorance?

Ignorance is a false context of Reality, like operating with false beliefs about the nature of  Reality.

So long as we operate within a false context, we suffer.

In a true context, we are in the light of Truth, and there is only Truth; no suffering.

So, the answer to ending suffering is to re-contextualize over and over again until the light of Truth shines forth and the suffering dissolves as an illusion.

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As an example, let’s imagine, “I am suffering because someone stole my favorite watch.”

Now, to re-contextualize the situation until the suffering dissolves as an illusion means to poke wholes into the supposed reason for the suffering until it reveals itself to be entirely based on falsehood and ignorance. To poke holes in the false context, shine the light of Truth of the spiritual teachings from any great teacher or tradition.

To demonstrate implementing some of the tools/teachings to re-contextualize and end the suffering:

  • Happiness is not dependent on anything outside you.
    • Internally dialogue: “My happiness is not dependent on that watch, nor is dependent on being stolen from. ¬†I can be happy regardless if I have the watch or not, and regardless of whether stole from me or not. ¬†Neither of those are legitimate reasons to lose my happiness and peace of mind.”
  • It is all for good.
    • Internally dialogue: “I can see how I projected happiness onto this watch, and I was even attached to this watch. ¬†On some level, I thought that without the watch, I will not be happy. ¬†And having the watch even built up in me a sense of fear over losing the watch, and sure enough now it is gone. ¬†Now I have less for others to envy, and I’m sure whoever stole the watch could really use it, or must be suffering on a level much deeper than I am, or something! ¬†Who knows what the thief is going through right now – poor person ūüė¶ ¬†I can be so grateful that I’m not in a condition to have to steal for my livelihood, and I can get a new watch. ¬†There is so no much the thief didn’t steal too – how nice of him to leave so much stuff! ¬†And as much as I like all these things, I know they are not permanent and can be taken from me at any moment, just like the watch. ¬† I am so grateful that this watch was stolen, for now I feel more free and light and less attached to worldly possessions and more aware of the great Kingdom within myself at all times.”
  • Covet nothing; everything belongs to the Lord.
    • Internally dialogue: “The watch belongs to God. ¬†God gave me the watch and God took the watch from me. ¬†Who am I to argue with the will of God?”
  • Judge not lest ye be not judged.
    • Internally dialogue: “Maybe this is actually a really great thing that someone stole the watch from me. ¬†Perhaps if I was wearing it tomorrow, someone would have mugged me to steal it from me. ¬†Much better they stole it from me without harming my physical body or mind. ¬†I’m probably better off without it anyway – I was way too attached to that watch.”
  • Give to the one who asks of you.
    • Internally dialogue: “I accept full responsibility for the watch being stolen, and on some level I totally allowed it to happen. I was almost asking for it. ¬†I was so attached to the watch that losing it practically became a source of fear and anxiety for me. ¬†The person who stole the watch really gave me a great gift by relieving me of the burden of having such a nice watch, and I gave them a gift too. We both win and have served each other.”
  • Store up treasures in Heaven, not on earth.
    • Internally dialogue: “Yep…I was definitely storing up treasures on earth. ¬†I should have known! ¬†Thank goodness the thief didn’t steal some of my treasures in Heaven: like my consciousness, awareness, or this gift of life itself. Truly, my greatest treasures remain in tact and cannot be stolen. ¬†Hallelujah!”
  • Don’t worry.
    • Internally dialogue: “Even though I lost the watch, I have more than I need. The Lord is my shepherd. ¬†All is provided. ¬†If I need another watch, I can get one. ¬†No big deal!”
  • Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
    • Internally dialogue: “I forgive whoever stole the watch from me, and I forgive my watch for any potential greed in acquiring such a nice watch. ¬†I forgive everyone for everything! ¬†We are all just doing the best we can and operating with some degree of ignorance, so I forgive everyone for their ignorance and their innocence.”
  • Forgive them Father for they know not what they do.
    • Internally dialogue: “Surely, if Jesus can forgive people who crucified him, I can forgive someone who stole a watch from me! ¬† What a blessing to still be alive
  • Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.
    • Internally dialogue: “Have I not ever stolen anything before? ¬†Surely, I am just as guilty as the thief on some level. ¬†So, who am I to cast a stone at him?”

 

To re-contextualize, it is helpful to be familiar with spiritual teachings. ¬†Thankfully, one doesn’t have to know every teaching, but really applying any one spiritual teaching can serve to liberate one from the suffering.

Applying the spiritual teachings and realizing their validity amidst our suffering can lift the veil of ignorance and heighten awareness of the light of Truth shining forth, dissolving all the suffering.

Gloria in Excelsis Deo!

Key Habits to Human Flourishing

Hallelujah ūüôā

By no means do I claim to strictly follow any of these recommendations – but from personal experience I can truly say that when they are adhered to, the quality of life generally increases. ¬†Of course, everything in our lives is interconnected – not one of us is an island – so generally to improve the quality of our lives, we’ve got to improve the quality of life every moment, which is an internal job – a matter of attitude and awareness – rather than just external quick fixes like cleaning our room ūüôā ¬†With that in mind, perhaps we will start by looking at some external “quick fixes” and then more of the “inner work.”

Externally:

  • Clean your room ūüôā ¬†Cleanliness is next to godliness. ¬†One of Benjamin Franklin’s nightly habits was “to put everything in its place.” ¬†Keeping our environment in order shows that we respect what we’ve been given (or what we’ve earned) and that we are doing our best to treat it well. ¬†The way we treat any one thing reflects how we would also like to be treated. ¬†By keeping our space neat and orderly, we demonstrate that we are worthy of that same level of clarity. ¬†A clean room also paves the way for a clean mind. ¬†When everything is in its proper place, the mind can relax and go within to the Kingdom rather than dwell on ways to externally ‘save the world.’ ¬†A great step along the way to surrendering saving the world is to first just take care of your little part of the world, keep your own room clean, and then know you’re doing your best by setting an example. ¬†You don’t have to go cleaning everyone’s room – just keep yours clean – that is enough. ¬†By example we lead. ¬†(Writing this in the midst of a mildly disorganized desk, go figure. – and I can tell you part of the mind is thinking “when is this going to get organized?” So…maybe now is the time to do it.)
  • Sit down, relax, express gratitude, and pray before eating. ¬†We must think we are mighty important to not have the time to sit down and pray before eating. ¬†“I don’t have time to pray before eating…I can be making $50 right now!” ¬†Or perhaps it is the grip the taste buds have on us that tell us the taste must be experienced right now, this instant!, not later. ¬†Poor little pet ego. ¬†Poor ego dominated by animal instincts not based on any sort of higher truth. ¬†The ego enjoys wolfing down food and eating in a hurry and not honoring God before it eats. ¬†Why? Because it inflates the ego’s ego – its sense of importance. ¬†The ego loves to think that taking care of itself is more important than truly enjoying the moment or honoring the presence of God. ¬†In Reality, a vastly enhanced quality of life awaits all those who are willing to bring moments of pause, reflection, and gratitude into their daily lives. ¬†Before meals a great time to relax, to pray, and give thanks for the gift of food, the gift of life, the gift of all!
    • As far as ‘my’ personal experience goes, cultivating a proper relationship with food has been a rollercoaster ride. ¬†Supposedly, according to some of the great teachers like the Buddha, the two greatest impulsive desires the human animal has are for sex and for food. ¬†They practically go hand-in-hand. ¬†Hence, I’ve also heard that often when people have challenges eating properly, it might very well stem from lack of healthy relationships with people. ¬†Instead of cultivating healthy relationships with people, we turn to food to fill that void. ¬†Anyway, that is just a theory and probably not confirmed by scripture anywhere, so take for what it is worth. ¬†Scripture is a much greater authority than any so-called ‘philosophical musings.’ ūüôā
    • Point is – sit and pray before eating food – give thanks – and watch as the quality of life improves. ¬†Gradually, one can bring these moments of gratitude into all areas of life – from waking up, brushing teeth, drinking water, reading a book, writing, doing work, hanging out with friends – before every act there can be a moment of gratitude which automatically enhances the quality of the entire experience. ¬†So simple! ¬†Yet, not that easy to practice. ¬†Patience, Patience. ¬†Baby steps. ¬†Maybe start with a 2 second prayer of saying, “Thank you,” before eating, and build from there.
  • Stretch or Walk or Exercise, move the body in some sort of way. ¬†I used to be big into lifting weights. ¬†And to be open about it, it was totally vain and primarily done to attract members of the opposite sex. ¬†At the same time, health feels good. ¬†What feels even better is setting a universal example, one free from selfishness and lower qualities like vanity. ¬†So discover a way of physically caring for the body that keeps you away from obsessively looking in the mirror and flexing. ¬†Hatha Yoga is a balanced way to take care of the body and feel good. ¬†It is also generally free from vanity because of its balanced approach to caring for every part of the body, and really with a focus on developing a calm and peaceful mind.
  • Fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. ¬†Foods close to nature – enjoy them! ¬†Why depend on great big machines to create your food? ¬†Then again, if you do eat food made by great big machines, that is also a great opportunity to practice gratitude – and to connect with the entire story of the food – to see the story of the food from its origins to appearing in front of you – which is of course the entire story of Creation itself! ¬†All for fun. ¬†Don’t take food too seriously, and don’t disillusion yourself by thinking that food can bring you happiness. ¬†Use food to nourish the body and mind and receive it as a divine gift. ¬†Cherish it. ¬†Respect it. ¬†Just like money. ¬†Use it for good. ¬†Processed sugar tastes good for a moment and feels pretty bad for a lifetime. ¬†Is it really worth it?
  • Read or write or speak or all of the above. ¬†Have some intellectual input and output. ¬†Once again, just don’t get caught in it and start feel prideful about how much you know or how smart you are. ¬†Exercise the mind without exercising the ego. ¬†Just take care of it like a pet!
  • Sing or chant. ¬†Use the voice, shamelessly, if nothing else – when no one is around. ¬†Sing your best. ¬†Sing your favorite songs. ¬†Chant your favorite songs. ¬†We have all been given voices to use. ¬†Use it. ¬†Enjoy the sound. ¬†Get over caring about how good it sounds or not. ¬†Just play with it have fun.
  • Dance. ¬†Same as above. ¬†Just move and jump around to music. ¬†It doesn’t really matter how it looks. ¬†Just have fun moving the body.
  • Laugh.
  • Appreciate the Present.
  • Breathe Deeply. ¬†Present Moment, Wonderful Moment.
  • Serve. ¬†Give. ¬†Act Charitably.
  • Lie down and relax.
  • Go upside! ¬†Hang over the bed, or learn how to do a shoulder stand or headstand.
  • Twist it out.
  • Reach up to the heavens and down to the earth.
  • The above three basically means stretch, stretch, stretch.
  • And meditate, meditate, meditate. ¬†Focus the mind on one uplifting idea. ¬†Build that mental discipline to concentrate the mind and feel the entire consciousness being uplifted.

 

Basically, one of the problems we might find ourselves facing in life is, “What to do with all this time?” Especially when we give up the money game – i.e. working for money – we might find ourselves with an abundance of luxury time to do with as we please. ¬†If we give up the illusion of seeking happiness in the world via external gain and acquisition, we’ll find ourselves pleasantly liberated to simply do what we love and to be in love with whatever we do. ¬†Nonetheless, sooner or later, we might reach a point where we run out of things to do! ¬†And then, it might seem very natural to take up what we might call, ‘work,’ but when we do it in this spirit, it won’t be ‘worldly work,’ but rather it will be ‘work’ for ‘work’s sake,’ what some call Karma Yoga – selfless service. ¬†Spiritual work is action without concern over whatever benefits we receive from the action. ¬†Spiritual work is not for external gain, but is a natural consequence of internal peace. ¬†So, by all means – do whatever kind of work you’d like to do – so long as you’re connected with that internal peace. ¬†As Gandhi demands, “Do it with joy or not at all.”

It is easy to make a list of things not to do.  Yet, ultimately, everything and everyone can serve as our teacher.  Everything is our teacher!  Nature is here to serve our spiritual evolution, not the other way around.  Nature and the entire Creation is our great teacher.  It serves us.  And by allowing us to serve it, we are actually being served.  When we serve, truly we are being served Рfor otherwise we just might die of boredom!  Being able to serve and contribute to the wellbeing of all is a gift.  It makes perfect sense to be grateful for opportunities to serve and learn and evolve spiritually.

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So, instead of focusing on the million things to supposedly not to do, we can just focus on the positive things to do.

Do smile. Do laugh. Do play and have fun.  Do love yourself.  Do love your neighbor (the one you are with).  Do express gratitude.  Do care for the physical body with proper nutrition and movement.  Do pray.  Do meditate.  Do reflect on your day.  Do read.  Do write.  Do study.  Do Sing. Do dance.

So then, what it boils down to is Being ūüôā ¬†All the proper doing arises from True Being. ¬†When one is Being Truly, the Doing appears beautiful no matter what – even if that just means sitting in meditation.

Bring the Being into the moments we take for granted Рbrushing teeth, using the bathroom, drinking water, eating food, saying good morning and goodnight.  Those are the best moments to practice, and by practicing in those moments, our entire lives become filled with the sense of Being, filled with total Love.

 

Truly, the work is internal.  Building positive external habits has to do with internal processing and awareness and attitudes.  Cultivate positive attitudes, and the entire life gradually becomes positive and uplifting. There is nothing to force or rush.  Attitude is foundational, and with a strong foundation we can build anything.

Of course, forcing some external habits – like smiling and laughing – can help to liberate one from the drama of the ego and lead one to discovering one’s own freedom, thereby choosing a positive attitude rather than feeling like a victim of circumstance. ¬†So by all means, fake the smile and fake the laughter. ¬†Fake having fun and fake enjoying life. ¬†Pretend you’re just acting it out. ¬†Pretend like you’re enjoying every moment. ¬†Pretend it is all for fun. ¬†Pretend you’re loving every moment. ¬†Pretend you’re so happy and grateful for this gift of life. ¬†Pretend you know it is all a game and God is taking care every moment. ¬†Pretend you have a completely perfect and full relationship with that Power which is everywhere and always present, all-knowing, and all-powerful, and that that Power unconditionally supports you and loves you. ¬†Just entertain the notion ūüôā

 

To Live It, Don’t Speak It

Hallelujah ūüôā

There is a saying, “Preach the gospel; if necessary, use words.”

The primary way we serve and lead and teach and inspire and everything, everything!, is by our lives as a whole.  It is not about what we have or what we do that really matters Рbut what we have become matter supremely, and it is what we have become that serves and uplifts all humanity.

So, I could spend all day talking and writing about the benefits of regularly meditating and keeping good company and studying the scriptures, but meanwhile Рduring that whole time РI was not meditating or keeping good company or studying scriptures.  Hypocrisy is so easy!  And we must be vigilant.

It almost seems to be a guarantee at this point Рas soon as I write something on this blog, I go ahead and do just the opposite. Hence, the value of simplicity.  These words are not necessary at all, yet they seem to come naturally and it feels effortless so I trust they are aligned with serving the Highest Good.

So, instead of preaching a whole lot, perhaps it is best we either preach one simple thing, or rather to not preach at all, and simple practice one simple thing, and allow our own practice to be our non-verbal preaching.

Thank goodness that our internal awareness is a far greater contribution and service to humanity than anything we can do externally. ¬†Love, Love, Love, and with that foundation – come what may ūüôā

 

Gloria in Excelsis Deo!

Universally Living with Cosmic Responsibility & Accountability

Hallelujah ūüôā

Understanding that the primary way we teach is by the example we set moment-to-moment, both with our external actions and internal awareness, then to live universally means to set the highest example we are aware of every moment, in all conditions and circumstances, no matter what.

It is like the saying, “Live as if the whole world is watching you.”

Or, as I first read about in a book called Zen Golf, live as if your 5 year-old, highly impressionable child is watching you, every moment!

The greatest service we can render, as far as relating with ‘others,’ is to inspire and uplift to higher planes of living and loving. ¬†Primarily, the service is always within, freeing ourselves from attachments and aversions and aligning more and more with Love and Truth, and externally, if we are engaging with others, that can look like us inspiring positive, loving behaviors and attitudes.

So then, universally living refers to living as if the entire universe is aware of your every moment of being – which it is! – and so live with that sense of profound responsibility to set a worthy example and accountability to influencing the entire humanity all creation, for better or for worse.

What might such a universal life look and feel like?

Externally, I like to think of it as non-dependence on anyone or anything. ¬†Accepting full responsibility for one’s health and well-being on al levels. ¬†Primarily, for me, I like to think of this is being one’s own doctor, dentist, psychotherapist, mentor, etc. ¬†I probably like to think of it this way because I feel confident in my mastery of these areas of my life, yet I do notice stumbling from time to time which is probably why I felt inspired to write about these topics.

Let’s look at how one might go about being one’s own best friend, doctor, dentist, psychotherapist, mentor, etc.

Being one’s own Doctor:

  • Study Health, Healing, Fasting, Cleansing and Detoxification, Nutrition, Yoga, Exercise, Laughing, Meditation. ¬†Know what foods are best for human flourishing. ¬†Let food be thy medicine! ¬†If illness, arises, be willing to fast and/or take a cleansing supplement or enema. ¬†Know that the disease came from outside, so you’ve got to get out whatever you put in you! ¬†Fasting is powerful. ¬†Take care of your body on all levels: physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. ¬†Perhaps the greatest key to good health is a positive mental attitude, regular laughing and general happiness, playfulness, and gratitude for life.

Being one’s own Dentist:

  • Know what foods are bad for dental health and courageously, confidently avoid them as a gift to all humanity. ¬†Mastering over the temptations of the taste buds is a quite a practice and gift of an example to set for us all. ¬†Primarily, avoid processed sugars, like any candies, baked goods, etc. ¬†Also avoid dried fruits and anything sticky or gummy. ¬†Really, my guess is avoiding processed sugar alone would let to near perfect dental health for a lifetime. ¬†Additional advice includes: consider brushing teeth after every meal, or at the very least – rinse mouth 5-6 times every time after eating. ¬†Certainly brush teeth in morning and night and floss once a day. ¬†Oil pulling might also be a pretty stellar habit for taking optimal care of one’s dental health without needing a dentist.

Being one’s own Psychotherapist / Psychologist / Psychiatrist:

  • Reflect on each day. ¬†Regularly express gratitude for all the gifts of life; take nothing for granted. ¬†Ask questions, “What am I? How can I best serve the Highest Good? ¬†What is Real and Permanent? ¬†Is True and Lasting Happiness found externally or internally? ¬†What matters most?” ¬†Set goals. ¬†Have a clear direction and destination for one’s life. ¬†Know what you want and set about a plan for achieving it. ¬†With whatever the goal, learn from those who have come before you and consider surrendering totally to the path prescribed by them, especially if the goal is spiritual. Surrender to the teacher. ¬†No need to re-invent the wheel. ¬†Continue to learn and grow each day. ¬†Study spiritual texts and the words of great teachers throughout the ages like Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Dr. David R. Hawkins, Swami Satchidananda, Swami Muktananda, Swami Vivekananda, Meister Eckhart, St. John of the Cross, Huang Po, etc. Let books be your great teachers. ¬†And, if you can, let your entire environment be uplifting and a reminder of your highest goal and greatest aspirations. ¬†Live in community with loving people. ¬†Give thanks every moment and for all the teachers and friends along the way. ¬†See the good in everyone and everything. ¬†Embrace all creation as your perfect teacher, each moment. ¬†Adversities are blessings in disguise. ¬†Develop a service-orientation and be inclined toward giving and serving, yet don’t get caught up in saving the world. ¬†Do small acts with great love. ¬†Prioritize your own sense of Peace above all else. ¬†Prioritize your relationship with the Eternal – with that which is everywhere and always Present.

 

Okay…hope that is helpful and inspiring!

Primarily, for me, and by me I mean this silly human pet, the primary practices to embrace more abundantly include:

  • More gratitude! For the simple things like waking up, spiritual teachers, water, food, friendship, shelter, clothing, air, beauty, life itself, technology, etc. ¬†Really, when we are sincerely in touch with how great a gift it is to have even heard of Jesus and the Buddha and teachings of Unconditional Love and Perfect Peace, just to be able to intellectually grasp the teachings at all, and to have even a tad bit of courage to practice the teachings for a moment, or to even think of the Presence of ¬†Jesus or the Buddha with us now if even for a moment…what a gift! ¬†In Truth, with that level of awareness tears of gratitude and joy are not far away, if not present already. ¬†The Gift is truly awesome.
  • Less external sugar and sweets, more internal sweetness ūüôā
  • Less seriousness, more playfulness and laughter.
  • less pretending to save and benefit the world, more surrendering to God and loving every moment no matter what, letting go of judgments about it or projecting imperfection; just accepting all as perfect now and affirming the Divinity in all.

It is all for fun!

 

Gloria in Excelsis Deo!