We come into this life kicking and screaming and some go out that way. It’s up to you how you steer yourself through the journey and what you want to achieve. The good news is no matter what you have been though or did in the past— you can always start anew simply by following some easy to do guidelines.
If everyone understood that we are all the same and connected throughout this earth and beyond— we probably wouldn’t need any religious doctrines, jails or military. Everyone would simply get along and operate within society. It’s amazing no matter how primitive the tribe– how inclusive they are. From birth you are taught to hunt and fish, harvest vegetables and respect nature. As they progress, they go through adolescent rituals, elaborate tribal rituals and paying respect to their ancestors.. They continue hunting and gathering until they go to the big sky. As it should be, the elders are treated “As Royalty” and everyone contributes his or her part according to their abilities. The big difference is everyone is a part of everyday activities. There are no shrinks, insane asylums or military barracks. They don’t have time! So get busy and start journeying.
People are afraid of looking at the looking glass and therefore seek all types of extra stimulants on the brain, tv, ipods, and the entire electronic industry— just to keep away from looking at yourself inwardly. I don’t like New Year’s resolutions so I won’t go there. So look here!
You can start a spiritual journey today— if that’s what you want to do. To start one you may need to make a few changes, which might include sitting at least one hour a day for your practice. If I told you to just sit for one hour a day— do you think you could do it? OK I give in. Can you sit for one-half hour a day? Just sit for one half an hour in the beginning—you can always add on as you get good at it. In that half hour simply sit in a comfortable chair or use a yoga position on the floor, close your eyes to some new age music or light classical and try and stop your thoughts. Just kidding! You can’t stop your thoughts even if you tried. But you can outsmart the system by letting your thoughts pass thru and either insert words like”change pegs” from an Ancient Buddha Master or insert the the word “thinking.” Soon the mind becomes clearer and quieter and there you are. That’s it!
If you experiment with the spiritual journey on a daily basis you will begin to see some amazing results. A lady Buddha Instructor from India went to the head of the prison system and ask if she could have just three weeks to instruct the prisoners on the journey. The results were amazing. Even hardened killers were crying and thanking her for allowing them to just sit and meditate. They made life changes and took a new journey. The cost to you is to give yourself 30 minutes a day to just sit. You don’t need a gym, a pair of skis, or a golf course to do this. You can do it on a busy street, in a train station, anywhere at all. As the one Zen Buddhist put it so clearly: “By just sitting and meditating life is perfect as it is.”
The journey is what is exciting! Everyone’s is already on a journey so what’s the big deal? The big deal is what journey do you want and what are you willing to do to achieve it? Everyone on this earth is special and has a special talent— just like every snowflake and every grain of sand is different we are also different. So instead of a big NEW Year’s resolution why not create a journey that fits your style and personality and go for it. Like the sneaker commercial says: “Just do it.”
What do you have to lose —yourself? Even that’s not a bad idea.
QUOTE: Not thinking about anything is Zen. Once you know this, walking, standing, sitting, or lying down, everything you do is Zen. ——-Zen Master
THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:Wavy Gravy once asked a Zen Roshi, “What happens after death?” The Roshi replied, “I don’t know.”Wavy protested, “But you’re a Zen Master!”
“Yes,” the Roshi admitted, “but I’m not a dead Zen Master.”
(From the short blog of dead master Robert Anton Wilson)
THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: One life at a time! Wear your seat belt you dummy!
ZENTRAVLER SAYS: It’s all in zee journey!