Self-Transformation: – Mere intellectual understanding is not enough. It is not by leaving the doctor’s prescription by the bedside or learning it by heart that we are cured. We must integrate what we have learned so that our understanding becomes intimately bound up with our mind’s flow. Then it ceases to be theory and becomes selftransformation.
I have been lucky enough so far to have had enough to eat and wear and a roof over my head. I consider my possessions to be tools, and there is not one I consider to be indispensable. Without a laptop I might stop writing, and without a camera I might stop sharing pictures, but it would in no way impair the quality of every moment of my life.
Inside Out: There is essentially only one way in which you can bring about self-transformation – that’s if you want to – but you will not think you need to if you are still taking your happiness from outside yourself, and still managing to tolerate the periods of unhappiness which result. As soon as your happiness is dependent on anything outside, you make yourself a slave to a condition, substance or perhaps a person. A slave is not free. And happiness is impossible if you are not free. Perhaps this goes some way to explaining why our happiness fluctuates. Real happiness does not go up and down. Real freedom means that your happiness comes from inside out. That will require detachment and renunciation, not least from the illusions and conditioning of society which would have you believe happiness can be acquired from outside in. Can you see it? Inside out, not outside in!
Do Now: Procrastination is not only the thief of time; it is the creator of subtle inner tension. You know you are cheating yourself. There are three secrets to overcoming procrastination.
- Don’t wait till you feel like doing it – the feeling will come only when you start doing it
- List all the things you have to do and then prioritize the list.
Create a vision of the result and be motivated by the vision of the outcome, not the thought of the process.
GIVE: Give happiness and you will receive happiness.
Give peace and you will feel peaceful.
Give sorrow and you will get sorrow in return.
Create thoughts and words that give only peace and happiness. The world is filled with worry and sorrow. Do something different.
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