"What Do I Do?"

It's a question we often ask ourselves when the hour is dark.

We think that knowing what to do equals feeling better, or a better life.

Nature, in most cases, does not distribute pills to immediately cure you of your ailment. Nature works slowly and gradually. Step by step by step.

To know what to do — really know — you must touch your hand against the hot stove and get burned. You must make the mistake and suffer the pain of it. Over and over and over again if need be.

It is when we cry out for help, when we are at our absolute wits' end that we have traveled far enough into the side we wish to be free from. You have to travel there.

Now we are ripe for an answer that will come in its own time, probably sooner than later.

In the meantime, can we be OK with not knowing? Definitely.

Timeless Anchor

We need an anchor. Something that grounds us and keeps us steady through the endless seasons of change. Something we can keep coming back to when we get lost.

More than an anchor, we need a timeless anchor. One that is not subject to birth, decay, and death.

An anchor subject to birth, decay, and death is not an anchor—it's a buoy. More superficial.

You can't fully depend on anything that shows up, stays for awhile, and then goes away.

When it comes to choosing an anchor, look to the beyond. Look to the timeless.

And look to your Heart.

Shame

I shouldn't have done that.

Maybe. But you did.

Why feel shame?

Like a toddler learning to walk, you fall down. You try again. Fall down again. Make a correction, and so on.

During this process of learning, it doesn't help much — not at all, actually — to feel shame. The toddler doesn't know any better, any neither do you, otherwise you would very likely choose differently.

The helpful question to ask is: Is this behavior conducive to my practice? You decide.

Every action has its proper place and application. Nothing is absolutely good or bad.

The question is: Does it help or hinder your evolution?