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The Path To Enlightenment May 21, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Mindfulness, Spirit & Ego.

When we set out on a Spiritual Path, the path meanders, oft times appearing aimless. 

At times, we feel as if we have stalled on the path completely.  We feel stuck.  

Perhaps we are stuck because we haven’t fully absorbed the last message yet.  

Until we do, we must stay put, or backtrack.  

In time, we will grasp the message, and continue moving forward on our journey . . . 

Or we won’t. 

We are dealing with extremely tenacious thought patterns which are difficult to override.  

We’ve spent a lifetime looking at events through the clouded lens of  past judgments, habitual attitudes, and outdated opinions ~ rather than seeing life with a present moment perspective. 

We can change our perspective, but it doesn’t happen overnight. 

The modification process is simple, but its application is difficult ~ to gain proficiency, we must practice, practice, practice.

Enlightenment is rarely attained by those seeking instant gratification. 

Be Here Now.

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1. Shannon - May 21, 2010

Oh man .. how true! Sometimes I “get it” and other times I backtrack through thought patterns I “thought” I had worked through the pop back up again. Eeeeek! I constantly challenge myself to put on different lenses to see life through but it is a hard practice.

2. nrhatch - May 21, 2010

I used to get bummed whenever I ended up “back where I started.”

Now, I realize that taking a periodic “refresher” course is just part of the process of allowing the path to unfold.

3. Joanne - May 22, 2010

During our morning announcements at school one of our counsellors always shares the “words of wisdom” from famous people…

This morning, it was about how everyone makes a fool of him/herself for at least five minutes of each day… but the wise person is the one who does not exceed that limit…

Don’t ask me who said or wrote that, but the message stuck… So, just like allowing myself to eat chocolate in moderation, I have decided to indulge in guiltless acting out and foolishness — for at least five minutes a day from now on… Everything in moderation — right…???

nrhatch - May 22, 2010

Everybody plays the fool sometimes
There’s no exception to the rule
. . . I ain’t lyin’
Everybody plays the fool

On a related note, being silly is good for us . . . adults are often so concerned with protecting their glorious egos that they forget how to have fun.

And that ages them prematurely ~ from hardening of the attitudes.

Laugh. Laughter each day keeps the doctor at bay.

4. cindy - May 22, 2010

Wise words! Carpe Diem.

nrhatch - May 22, 2010

Seize the day.

And if you want to get to “Carnegie Hall” –> practice, practice, practice.

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