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To awaken each morning with a smile brightening my face; to greet the day with reverence for the opportunities it contains; to approach my work with a clean mind; to hold ever before me, even in the doing of little things, the Ultimate Purpose toward which I am working; to meet men and women with laughter on my lips and love in my heart; to be gentle, kind, and courteous through all the hours; to approach the night with weariness that ever woos sleep and the joy that comes from work well done—this is how I desire to waste wisely my days.
Here’s another beautiful quote from Tools to Life that captured my appreciation. I was chuckled by the last sentence in the quote, “this is how I desire to waste wisely my days.” Waste my days? Personally speaking, I think we are born only to fulfill our desires. Once our desires are fulfilled it turns into knowledge in our memory. That is the reason why I think, our life has only as much meaning as we give it. So why not adopt the attitude quoted above?
Yesterday I attended an online meditation session with Steve Gagaghen of Contact List Builders that I am a member of and enjoyed it.
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Meditation as defined by Patanjali’s Yoga sutras is to empty the mind of all thoughts and that is what we tried to do in this session, albeit for only 15 minutes. The point that was discussed is that a thought has power only when you attach emotion to it and give your focus to it. When we sit in observation of our thoughts like a witness in a non judgmental manner then they lose their hold on us, and that lightens our mind. Longer periods of meditation give us more control in the kind of thoughts and number of thoughts we entertain. This also helps us relieve our tensions from unnecessary worrying and releasing the thought for the divine to fulfill our wishes.
Our life is one long dream wherein we strive to fulfill our desires. Lately, I have been so caught up in that striving that sometimes life seems such a challenge and so stressful. Being an entrepreneur and always being on line, like so many others, I sometimes forget to take some time off from the computer to relax and enjoy the simple things of life. So taking 15 minutes of my time for this online meditation session was refreshing, rejuvenating and relaxing. The music and the guided meditation were soothing and stress relieving. I would highly recommend to everyone the weekly Morning Motivator sessions on line Monday thru Friday at 10 am EST. Come on over and check it out and share your light.
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Yesterday was Mother’s day and I took my mother out to eat to celebrate it. Actually I also invited my best friend of 42 years and her mother. And we had a nice time. While on the way to the restaurant we were talking about how some people as they become old cannot control their anger. We were actually talking in reference to our friend who gets angry easily and simply cannot help himself. At that point it dawned on me that it had to do with one’s samskaras. For once, I understood what the word samskara meant.
What are samskaras?
Well what are samaskaras or tendencies? When we act in a certain way out of compulsion, then we call that as our tendency to act in that way in spite of not wanting to.
As children we are born with certain tendencies that compel us to behave in a certain way. As we grow up and gain more experience, it gives us a chance to change those habits or tendencies thru self development we learn from school and associating with other people.. But developing new habits takes a lot of work and discipline.
Let me give you an example of what I mean. As a child I might be short tempered or get angry very easily. But thru associating with others I am made aware of this weakness of mine and on suggestions of others I try to control my anger. As years go by I seem to have gained some control over my anger during my youth and things look good. But as I grow old and successful, I become egotistical and arrogant and soon I lose perspective of my values and revert back to getting angry easily at the slightest provocation. All that work I put into my self development has gone waste. I have reverted to my original self who gets angry easily. Why does this happen? We take so many births and develop so many habits that they are so ingrained in us that it is hard to change them. The new habits we developed are not strong enough to overcome our previous samskaras.
Unfortunately, even after working the better half of our youth trying to cultivate those good habits, it seems as though our tendencies take control of us during old age and we seem to have lost what we tried to develop thru our youth. So how do we change our samskaras? It is only thru meditation that we can change our tendencies. To this question and answer the following email I received in my inbox today is an appropriate answer and so I decided to post it here on my blog.
There is no shortcut.
One thing has to be remembered about meditation; it is a long journey and there is no shortcut. Anyone who says there is a shortcut is befooling you.
It is a long journey because the change is very deep and is achieved after many lives – many lives of routine habits, thinking, desiring, and the mind structure you have to drop through meditation. In fact it is almost impossible – but it happens.
A man becoming a meditator is the greatest responsibility in the world. It is not easy. It cannot be instant. So from the beginning never start expecting too much and then you will never be frustrated. You will always be happy because things will grow very slowly.
Meditation is not a seasonal flower which within six weeks is there. It is a very very big tree. It needs time to spread its roots.
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