Everyone approaches life’s unexpected heart breaking moments differently. Some turn their back, removing it from memory; others face it head on, dig deep and pull out those lessons life is begging you to learn. I’m sure I have done a little of both but I spent a good five years digging deep. Yoga and the spiritual practice that drives it, guided me through times where I lacked direction. Family and friends listened to me and I thank the ones who refrained from judgement and opinions. Books also found their way to me at the right time. I have shared each of these books with loved ones. Maybe they will make a difference today too …
The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz
They are simple rules to live by really …
1. Be impeccable with your word.
2. Don’t take anything personally.
3. Don’t make assumptions.
4. Always do your best.
… but the one that resonated with me at the time was not taking things personally. The idea that how people treat you is really about them, not you. Most of the drama you endure is life is from taking things personally - as a result of making assumptions of intent. Hell on earth. Don’t do it. Just be a good person and walk away from those who don’t love and respect you. It took some work on my self confidence, but I have mastered this. I keep many at arms length or at no length at all.
God is a Verb
I’m always searching for the answers to who am I and why am I here. The book centers much around the brilliance of the Tree of Life. The simple things from this book made me look at life differently. Like the continuous struggles between opposing forces that are required to understand good from bad. For example, there cannot be light without darkness. If bad things didn’t happen to us - how would we know when something is good? In many different ways this book encourages self reflection and observation of personal traits and when they reveal themselves. Then you can start asking why …
So everything is interconnected and happens for a reason. The boy in the story is searching for an elusive treasure that came to him a dream. He meets trials and tribulations on his way and receives guidance from a gypsy and an alchemist. He never gives up, even when his life in on the line. This book reminded me if I want something bad enough the universe will deliver it.
It’s not like I read this 700 verse Hindu scripture the first time and my approach to life changed. It took listening to teachers and discussing it in groups to understand the magnitude of life lessons this book has to offer. The idea of letting go of your ego and focusing on what is right - now. We have a habit in acting on things that benefit us solely. Krishna encourages us, through his conversation with Arjuna, to act for good of the world - not just ourselves. Not an easy feat. I re-read this each year and always get something new out of it.
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Oasis - Wonderwall
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“The mind is restless, Krishna, impetuous, self-willed, hard to train: to master the mind seems as difficult as to master the mighty winds.” Arjuna - The Bhagavad Gita
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