“Out on the street, are so many possibilities to not be alone…”

So says a Death Cab for Cutie song, “Your Heart is an Empty Room”. This life, ah this beautiful life. It is not something to struggle against, it is like a steady moving stream. It is better to build yourself a solid boat of self-discipline and devotion than struggle to keep afloat through excitement and commotion.

“Burn it down till the embers smoke on the ground
And start new when your heart is an empty room
With walls of the deepest blue

Home’s face: how it ages when you’re away
Spring blooms and you find the love that’s true
But you don’t know what now to do
Cause the chase is all you know
And she stopped running months ago

And all you see is where else you could be When you’re at home
And out on the street Are so many possibilities to not be alone

The flames and smoke climbed out of every window
And disappeared with everything that you held dear
But you shed not a single tear for the things that you didn’t need
Cause you knew you were finally free

Cause all you see is where else you could be, When you’re at home
Out on the street are so many possibilities to not be alone
And all you see is where else you could be,
when you’re at home,
There on the street,
are so many possibilities to not be alone”

 

Be happy with what you have. The grass is always greener , but it may not be as sweet, or tender or digestible….or something…anyway my point is, what you don’t have will always look more attractive if you are not satisfied with what you have. And, if you get that thing you have been wanting, who is to say that you will be happy then? Then there will be something else that you want, and when you get it, THEN you will really be happy. That’s not how it works. You’ve gotta be content with what you’ve got.

RAG SUHI
By Guru Ram Das
From ‘Peace Lagoon’

“I would make myself a slave
To the one who can take me to meet my Beloved Lord.
When the Lord is merciful
He makes me to meet with the True Guru;
And I contemplate the Lord’s Name … O Lord!

If it is Thy Will to grant me happiness;
If it is Thy Will to grant me joy;
If it is Thy Will to bring me peace within …
I would ever meditate!
I would ever meditate on Thee.

And even in pain, I will never forget Thee.
If Thou bring to me hunger I will feel satisfied.
And I will feel happiness if You bring me sorrow …
And I will feel happiness if You bring me sorrow.

If it is Thy Will …
If it is Thy Will …
If it is Thy Will,
I would ever meditate …
I would ever meditate …
I would ever meditate on Thee!”

What is this life all about? For me, constantly returning to a place of peace and joy within myself. I can reach a place of such joy and peace during meditation and I am now working on being able to experience that feeling throughout my entire day and share it with others however I can. I have been blessed also to be able to travel in my life which is a good test of my mental flexibility and ability to let go. So…I have yet to mention this, I am leaving next month to go on a study abroad program in Buenos Aires Argentina! I will post more about my program and what I will be up to. In a nutshell I will be studying sustainable development, Spanish and learning how to do my own research. The program ends with a month long independent study project in which I will put all the skills. I’ll be there for about four months and as part of the program we will be going to Brazil for two weeks and also either Paraguay or Uruguay. I’m also planning on traveling with some other people from my program afterwards to Patagonia!

I am super excited, anxious, feeling blessed and appreciative. Things are falling into place now.

🙂

 

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Whats all this hype about Sustainability?

Well, it’s kind of how we should have been thinking already actually. These days there are so many dead ends. Lets just talk about trash, I mean, if you really think about it, what an egotistical concept, that you can consume and dump the leftovers somewhere in the land or the sea (or space) and that it won’t eventually come back to haunt you. Sure, one person can think like that, but if everyone in the world has the mindset that they can just consume and dump the leftovers (trash) and not have to think about it twice, they are just delusional. It really makes me mad where our society has gone…we have forgotten our roots. We have forgotten to properly appreciate this earth which provides us with everything we need to survive.

My real point that I’d like to jump to is that living sustainably is not just an external thing, it does not only relate to the products you buy and how you manage the waste, but it can also be applied to your life in other ways.

Right now in my life I am working on cultivating sustainable happiness, which I believe can only come from within. Everything outside of you is not certain. The only thing in life that is certain that I feel I can always rely on is my connection to the Self. It is work but the feeling of contentment that comes is so much more satisfying than anything I have ever felt from an external source. I think it is because it is devoid of any worry or stress that this external thing may not be there to always make me happy. Happiness that comes from within is always available as long as you are willing to put in a bit of effort to connect to it.

“Whenever you are at your lowest–when you are most depressed, when your partner has left you, when you’ve lost your job–that is the time to fight your true enemy: delusion. Think to yourself: “Now is the time to do battle, to go to war with the samsaric emotions. Samsara has never brought any real happiness and now is the time for me to realize this.” When you do this, you’re making war with your inner enemy; you are taking steps to conquer the enemy that has defeated you for endless samsaric rebirths, from time without beginning. All other seeming enemies cannot last long once the inner enemy has fallen.”

“As long as we believe that happiness has to come from outside, from other people or from the external environment, we will always blame something outside whenever we have a problem. Many people, for example, think that their problems come from their parents. They say “I’m like this because of my mother and father. My parents are to blame.” In a way, Western culture as a whole teaches children to blame their parents for their problems, rather than emphasizing how kind parents are in giving life to their children. But real happiness has nothing to do with the past, with our history, or our upbringing. Real happiness comes when we free ourselves from the dissatisfied mind of desire. Satisfaction comes when we give ourselves freedom from the always unhappy mind of desire.”

-Lama Zopa Rinpoche, from How to be Happy

Accept you as you. Just be.

Just keep up

 

I keep coming back to this. Just keep up. My Papaji says this to me all the time, keep up, keep up, now I really understand what it means. Waheguru, to be able to understand this now in my life, I feel so blessed. To know that even when the future looks bleak and all hope is lost, if I just keep up, I will get through any challenge that comes my way.

I finally feel back to my wacky, positive, exuberant self. Thank god.

Just keep swimming!

hehe I love this movie