True Joy

Lesser enjoyment, sets you up for higher enjoyment.

Lesser enjoyment is enjoyment of the senses—what you see, what you taste, what you hear, what you touch, and what you smell (to a certain extent).

It is lesser because it is temporary. Enjoyment of the senses always comes, stays for awhile, and then goes–leaving the unenlightened mind hungry for more and more of the same.

Impermanence of the sort is the gift that guides us towards higher enjoyment.

Higher enjoyment is of the soul—what you understand, what you are, and what you can freely offer.

It is higher because it is permanent. Enjoyment of the soul is not cause-dependent. It can be accessed here and now, with or without _____________.

Anything we enjoy that comes, stays for awhile, and then goes is inherently frustrating when we are not aware that this is so.

At first, we don’t see that it is frustrating and continue to be pulled outside ourselves by the latest, greatest, and shiniest objects that capture our attention.

After while, we see and begin to feel something is missing—the frustration of temporary joy becomes unbearable.

We start to wonder, “Who am I? What am I? What can I offer this world?”

We understand coming into the answers of these questions is where permanent or true joy is found, and so we pursue them.

This does not mean we neglect stopping for a sunset, a slice of cake, or the company others—it means we put these things in their proper place.

Tolerate Discomfort

You can always decide to call it quits and start choosing for comfort.

Forget all of this become-a-better-person business, forget my issues, forget my yoga, forget my meditation, forget virtue, forget all this uphill climbing towards truth, enlightenment, and nobility.

To choose for comfort means to care more about enjoyment, socializing, and status—and to start investing in these things. Why not? You only live once, or so they say.

It’s just that you don’t really have a choice.

If you decide to choose for comfort, after quite a bit of fun and entertainment, that road will tire you out. Frustration sets in. Depression, perhaps, and external seeking for answers. Eventually, you will not be able to take a step further in that direction.

And so the uphill climb begins again to “figure things out.”

Like comfort, this road of understanding, too, leads to heavy amounts of frustration because it is so difficult (because the reward “on the other side” is so great).

You might get shamed for taking it. Your life starts looking a lot different from that of your peers. You are required to process all of your dark energetic content and much of your lineage’s, and you must adopt the strictest of value systems that makes it feel as if you are in a kind of prison, with little free will or wiggle room.

In fact, this road can be crazy making the majority of the time but, at least, you inwardly know that you are heading in the right direction.

We see-saw between the two choices until, one day, the final and irreversible decision is made to go all the way.

What a beautiful day that will be.

No Offense

Personal attacks are rooted in poverty.

They are launched from an ego that seeks a cheap, sugar-like “high” and feeling of superiority from the harm inflicted on the recipient.

There are few greater signs of ignorance than the use of a personal attack—or attack of any kind, not just the overtly violent kind.

Personal attacks never solve the problem they are trying to solve. In most cases, all they do is inspire retribution and further cycles of pain and violence.

You know you are coming along not only because you attack less but because you lose the ability to feel attacked.

Spiritual practice helps to dissolve your personal sense of self, which further helps you to become lighter — less dense — and so not as entangled with the material reality you can see, touch, and hear.

An enlightened mind, in the presence of a personal attack or negative judgment, listens to it first and foremost.

“You are the most selfish, irresponsible person I know.”

As the saint was once a sinner, he or she will be able to find truth in this statement.

The enlightened mind understands that being the most selfish, irresponsible person is needed for a time (how else to learn selflessness and responsibility?)—it does not recognize fault in the judgment because it sees no essential difference between fault and virtue. Both have important roles to play.

As such, the enlightened mind cannot become offended. Instead, it transmutes the negativity of the attack and reflects understanding back to the attacker, which is not only disarming but also has the power to create a life-changing transformation.

It’s not even enlightened. It’s commonsense.