Life is Kind

The present moment is our greatest guide and teacher.

It is alive and active. It contains intelligent information, and it will inform us.

If we want the right answer to any question, we do not need to seek for it. We do not need to think about it. We do not need to learn anything new.

What we need to do, more than anything, is listen for it. Listen for it in the moment.

Present moment living and learning has everything to do with listening. In the moment, invitations are constantly being given through subtle whispers of the heart. These invitations are intimately linked to our most closely-held questions and personal aspirations, and play key roles in our evolution.

Something calls to us in the moment, something beckons. Something is wanted.

That something will vary but, generally, has to do with creative reaching out from the heart.

The moment invites us to connect. Through words. Through deeds. Through being.

Bronnie Ware, a hospice nurse, wrote a book called, “The Top Five Regrets of Dying” based on her experience working with those in their final stages of life.

The number one regret as reported by Ware and the patients she interviewed? I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

In other words, I wish I had listened better.

I wish I had listened to the moment, which is to say, my self.

Wanting what is wanted in the moment requires courage because it requires trust. Trust, that by accepting the invitation to connect, we will be OK.

Underneath all of our questions and all the layers of anxiety, lies the question of all questions, “Will I be OK?”

We can trust others and the outside world with the answer to that question — others with their limited sight, prejudices, and conditioning (well intentioned though they may be) — or, we can trust the whole, perfect, and complete moment that can see through to all ends, which has the realistion of your highest good as its ultimate end.

Ultimately, this is a choice between the mind that thinks and the heart that knows.

One way leads to a certain kind of safety and the other leads to the truest definition of safety there is.

True safety is feeling secure just because, not because we have anything in particular. We develop that security through trusting the moment — trusting our selves – and by experiencing the magic and fulfillment that trust always delivers.

It's Not Exactly Complicated

The assembling of the Airbus A380, the world’s largest commercial jet, is nothing more than the performance of a million or more, individual and relatively simple tasks.

The work appears complicated because of its breathtaking scale but it is, in fact, simple.

But then again, not. Put any of those tasks under a microscope and you will find a dizzying array of complexity, such as the elegant angles of the wings that have to be just so, or the intricate machinery housed in the engines.

Nothing here can be strictly this way or that. Nothing can be strictly simple. Nothing can be strictly complex.

Things are of mixed quality—this and that, at the same time. This way, our labels start to lose their meaning and things, appearing separate, start to merge into one another, becoming essentially the same.

Energy is matter. Matter is energy. Simple is complicated. Complicated is simple. All that changes is our point of view—one being no more right or wrong than the other.

Any work before you that seems insurmountable can be broken down into smaller, simpler pieces. It is one foot in front of the other. One day at a time. At times, one breath at a time.

In so many ways, all we ever have is one thing to do. The thing in front of us.

And that thing, whatever it is, can be the simplest-yet-most-complicated thing there is to do depending on the level of our trust, which is to say—courage.

Beyound Preference

Of course we have our preferences. They are intimately linked to our identity and sense of well being.

We may prefer organic food. Silence in the morning. Inspired conversation. A more peaceful world.

The thing is, the path of love, the path of kindness, the path of self-realisation, all merge into the path of surrender.

The path of surrender asks us to, “Not do what we want, so we can do what we like,” as Sadasiva swami once more or less put it.

Surrender means many things, including the release of personal preferences. This means we find happy in sad and sad in happy, and so stop preferring one over the other. We see them as essentially the same.

In the release of our personal preferences — which is to say the forfeiture of our need for things to turn out a particular way — we open up our arms wide to the totality of experience. We move beyound this and that, division, and seperation. We learn to love, or accept all. Deep, abiding peace is the natural result.

This does not mean we give up our predilictions. Not at all. It means we give up our attachment to them. We are OK with or without them.

And, ironically, because of this detachment we all but ensure the realisation of everything our heart desires but without any of the effort previously employed.