Wisdom Day 32
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“The highest spiritual path is life itself. If you know how to live daily life, it all becomes a liberating experience. But first you have to approach life properly, or it can be very confusing. To begin with, you have to realize that you really only have one choice in this life, and it’s not about your career, whom you want to marry, or whether you want to seek God. People tend to burden themselves with so many choices. But, in the end, you can throw it all away and just make one basic, underlying decision: Do you want to be happy, or do you not want to be happy?It’s really that simple. One you make that choice, your path through life becomes totally clear.
Is it just me? Or are most people – especially those of us seeking to live an authentic, spiritual life and live out our purpose – trying really, really, reeeeealy hard at this “life” and “spirituality” thing?
We pray, meditate, attend organized religious services, go on retreats, fast, cleanse, read every bit of spiritual wisdom we can surf to, get our hands on or download, purchase every cross, star, ankh, crystal, white candle and sage bundle known to humankind.
Perhaps underneath all this seeking is a belief that there’s some answer, some formula, some process by which we can get “this” right. Maybe underneath all the doing is a misperception that if we do “X” that our “Y” (that job, relationship, opportunity, money, reward or result) will surely follow. And then, of course, there’s always an undercurrent of fear that tries to convince us if we slow down or stop trying, we’ll fail, or miss out, or check out altogether.
And so we make a silent commitment with ourselves to attempt to guarantee our happiness by jumping on some human hamster wheel and just starting to run like hell “until”. Sometimes we don’t even know where exactly we’re headed. But, we convince ourselves, that we’ve made a choice. Continue reading