I came across this wisdom yesterday and wanted to share. It's nothing new, in fact it's ancient, but bares repeating. Written thousands of years ago, true is still true.
"As a person acts, so he becomes in life. Those who do good become good; those who do harm become bad. Good deeds make one pure; bad deeds make one impure. You are what your deep, driving desire is. As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny." ~ The Upanishads
What is your deep driving desire? I know mine and it is definitely not to do harm, quite the opposite. With dedication to ones desire and path must come discipline.
Can it be any other way?
Recently, I've outlined some rules for myself to keep myself mentally and emotionally strong and focused. I thought they might be of value to others as well so I'm sharing them here. I am not alone, you are not alone. None of us are alone.
1. Listen to hear, not to speak back.
Why is this one so hard? I desire to be truly present for what others are voicing, even and especially when I don't understand it.
2. No Facebook, social media or news, before 9am or after 5pm (or longer, as needed).
It's not helping anything.
3. Receive fuel to shine brighter.
By being open to the things that bring me joy and fuel my personal fire, I take in what I need to remain strong and dedicated. Giving without receiving is simply burning out. The world needs our light not our ashes; we need to give light - we need to receive light.
4. Remember to trust.
Not a blind trust in institutions or people I know to be untrue or uncaring, rather trust in the greater scheme of things; life, the world, the universe, etc. Mistrust leads to fear and acting from fear. Where does fear ever get me?
5. "Everything belongs to the Lord"
Another quote from the Upanishads. Nothing is permanent, nothing really belongs to us. Getting attached to outcome will only bring pain. I will give the world my best, not for myself, my ego or my own acqusition, but because it is the way of living that feels the most right.
6. Someone else has it worse.
I am incredibly blessed. In times of doubt, fear and darkness I will remember that with gratitude, and pray for those who are truly suffering.
7. How can I be of service?
What can I do to ease the suffering of even one person in this world? What can I do to bring joy to even one person in this world?
Let it be so.