Friday, October 19, 2012
Monday, October 8, 2012
Daily Dose #192/21/12
I often think of the movie Michael, starring John Travolta, in the context of my own attitude re-adjustment. The soundtrack is one of my favorites, and Bonnie Raitt’s version of the Randy Newman song, “Feels Like Home to Me” gets to me every time I hear it. Travolta plays the aging Archangel, Michael, with aplomb, and as he tenderly, but slovenly, looks after Maureen Stapleton, William Hurt, Andie McDowell, et al, he clearly looks back fondly to his glory days as God’s mighty champion who took on Satan in single combat. For example, when he comes upon a huge bull in a nearby pasture, he cries “battle!” and literally charges head-first into the fray.
I have resembled that remark far too many times, crying “battle!” for no other reason than to prove I could. Proving I was right seemed so important, and the idea of straightening someone out and saving them from their wrong-headed thinking always seemed so noble and heroic, but the minute we go into battle mode, we cease to attract peace, and thus, joy, into our lives. The “law of attraction” gives us just what we’ve asked for every time.
Today I will seek peace, and try to be open to receive all the joy that Life, the Universe, and Everything has to offer…’cause that feels like home to me!
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Daily Dose #152/8/12
All You Need is Love
What if it were just that simple? Have you ever said that to yourself? I have. And then I usually think to myself: “It probably is ‘just that,’ only there’s nothing ‘simple’ about it.” It’s kind of like the old saying: “If it were easy, everybody would be doing it.” Remember Uri Geller? He used to come on TV shows and, supposedly bend eating utensils with his mind, like that little kid in the movie The Matrix. If you Google “spoon bending” you’ll find endless discussions on all sides of the issue. Perhaps if I were truly “one” with Life, the Universe, and Everything, I could bend spoons with my mind and love all people at all times. But I’m not, and I can’t.
Mental paradoxes like those can make us feel confused, inept, and unworthy, especially when we judge ourselves against what someone else suggests is our “true” potential. After all, what kind of a human being can I be if I’m only using 10% of my brain? The answer, I think, is that I’m a very normal human being. Pretty much like everyone else. Would I like to be more loving? Yes, I would. Must I attain universal love (whatever that is) and total equanimity in order to reach that goal? No, I don’t think so. That is like suggesting that those famous penguins should cross Antarctica in half the time without growing longer legs or using ice skates.
I’m going to cut myself some slack. But just in case love is the answer, I’m going to start by loving myself and the people around me just a little bit more today.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Daily Dose #132/6/12
In My Experience….
If my experience teaches me anything, it’s how often I’ve missed learning any lesson of value. Experience is supposed to be the greatest teacher, right? And yet if I'm honest with myself, I missed the proverbial boat more times than I’d care to admit. Why is this? Each experience I have is (1) real, (2) an opportunity to learn and grow, and (3) a chance to have a positive effect on my world, but I seem to have squandered many of those opportunities.
I believe that the fly in my particular ointment has to do with my preconceptions, my misperceptions, and my state of consciousness. I bring a lot of baggage to each new experience; and because I often fail to truly live in the now, I have ideas about what I might experience and how it might impact me before it ever happens. Then I compound this snare by applying past flawed thinking to new situations. Both of these mental projections tend to close down my awareness and stifle my state of consciousness in the moment when I most need to be open-minded. It’s a little like sitting alone in the locker room, watching old game tapes of a team that I’m not playing today, all while the real game has already begun outside on the field.
Today I will attempt to drop any old baggage that prevents me from being totally in the moment. I will strive to experience Life, the Universe, and Everything as it is, rather than as I thought it was yesterday.