“Do not seek the because - in love there is no because, no reason, no explanation, no solutions.” ~ Anais Nin
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ~ Marcel Proust
I can already hear some of you saying, “Nobody can make me happy! Happiness comes from within.” But if, as Poonja and other non-dualist teachers would attest to, all is Self, then the relationships and sense of connection I feel with others is symbolic of a process of opening up to life--which is none other than an extension of You...so There ;)
"The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected." ~ Robert Frost
My 'morning' was a lengthy and thorough preparation for my afternoon, not to mention my evening. Twenty years ago I had absolutely no idea my life would be anything like what I am experiencing now. What will the night be like? I am grateful!
"I will not serve God like a labourer, in expectation of my wages." ~ Idries Shaw
Serving 'God like a labourer' implies inequality. Only in Oneness can I genuinely and joyfuly serve. The wages are inherent in the serving, not as a reward, earned at great cost to myself, at some later stage.
“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say thank you?” ~ William Arthur Ward
When illustrated like this, unlike other feel-good activities that I may deny myself, such as a gym workout, meditation class, or hang-out with a friend, it becomes hard to rationalize away this simple ‘task’ due to a scheduling conflict. Don’t worry though...you’ll thank yourself later for it.
"Accept the children the way we accept trees—with gratitude, because they are a blessing—but do not have expectations or desires. You don’t expect trees to change, you love them as they are." ~ Isabel Allende
Ahh, to see the little people like that .... and in seeing them like that learning to joyfully accept the Self.
Diederik Wolsak is program director at Choose Again