« The trick is to be able to protect yourself without being offended by the acts and words of others. To borrow an analogy from Castaneda, if you were out in the jungle, and a wild animal attacked you, you would do everything in your power to protect yourself but it would never occur to you to be personally offended. It is taking offense, not self-protection that is energy draining. »
– Esmeralda Arana, The Path
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Is it me? Is it the advent of spring, or the warmer days, or the return of the sun, maybe it has nothing to do with it or maybe it’s all of the above?
All I know is that I don’t feel constantly tired and jaded anymore. I never thought that day would come, what a blessing!
I also have been working hard on myself, tried to find my new « self”, which would still be « me », after all …I really think I’m getting there…I am seeing the light at the end of the dark dark (and motherfuckin’ scary) tunnel! And it feels good! I’m peaceful, serene and in control of myself like I have never been ever before.
It paid off, finally, it did and god damn it, it was worth it! But I learned so much, along the way and I know I still have so much to learn …
They say “it is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles…” I actually had this saying tattooed on the back of my neck, in Sanskrit, a long time ago …
Developing a strong sense of self, true self, nothing is more important in the world.
To know yourself, look at your fears. Fear in itself is not important, but fear stands there and points you in the direction of things that are important. That’s where you can begin.
Wish me luck for the beginning of the rest of my journey 🙂
« Be the change you want to see in the world »
It is everything BUT a moralizing sentence; it is not meant to teach us to mind our “own business”, it is simply one basic law of nature. It is absolutely true that we must begin by ourselves when we want to change the world.
Also, how can you change something you have no control over if you can’t even change things you can control?
The truth is: our life is simply a microcosm of the world and universe.
When one holds an apple and then lets it go, the apple will fall. There is no judge, and no moral judgment involved, since this is a mechanical consequence of the physical action.
In the same manner, consequences occur naturally when one utters a lie, steals something, commits senseless violence or leads a life of debauchery. Rather than assume that these consequences—the moral rewards and retributions—are a work of some divine judge, believe that there is an innate moral order in the cosmos, self-regulating through the workings of the law of karma.
Morality and ethics are important not because of a God, but because a life led in agreement with moral and ethical principles (mahavrata) is considered beneficial: it leads to a decrease—and finally to the total loss of—karma, which in turn leads to everlasting happiness.
This conception of karma takes away the responsibility for salvation from God and bestows it on man himself.
Nothing can intervene between the actions which we do and the fruits thereof. Once done, they become our masters and must fructify. As my independence is great, so my responsibility is co-extensive with it. I can live as I like; but my voice is irrevocable, and I cannot escape the consequences of it. No God, his Prophet or his deputy or beloved can interfere with human life. The soul, and it alone is responsible for all it does. »
I used to think that negativity wasn’t necessarily bad. Being positive and optimistic seemed so vain and naïve. Nothing ever really convinced me of the importance to be “good” to other people, to be “nice” and to “love”. I was caught in such a profound state of depression and rabidness.
In fact, I hated the whole fucking world and thought that I had all the right reasons to do so. I think that I felt that way because I was constantly feeling betrayed by the people, they failed me all the time and I had lost all faith in humanity at a very young age. I convinced myself that I could do it on my own, in my very own ways. Ironically, I wouldn’t have felt so hurt if it wasn’t of all the great expectations and faith that I had in people. Meaning that I loved people way too much and, in the end, it has led to hate.
I’m not trying to convince anyone that I’m now a flourishing sunshine of unconditional love and compassion and unwavering faith in goodness and altruism.
But, man I was so wrong and juvenile in my way of seeing things.
Now I know for a fact (and believe me, it took me hell of proofs to get to that conclusion), even though I never wanted to believe it:
Negativity and bad feelings can never bring any good or solve anything to a positive end.
For fucking real. And I tried for a very long time, but: nope. Even when I was confronted with evil people, with evil intentions and egoistic goals, whenever I tried to put aside my feeling of unfairness, just to bring love and comprehension, everybody had benefited from it. I’m not gonna lie, it’s easier said than done but I always felt stronger after it. Not weak.
In a way, it couldn’t be otherwise. Think about it.