Saturday, February 13, 2016
The question of how to deal effectively with life’s frustrations has been coming up for me recently. I keep in mind the comments of various spiritual leaders that the source of the frustration is our own attachment to some other outcome. As they point out and I have observed, we cause our own frustration by expecting or wishing for some other result, pretty silly. Traffic is a good example. People frequently disobey the standard guidelines of safe driving and I then have a choice of being angry about their behavior or accepting it. Personally, I don’t like the feeling of being angry, I prefer the feeling of accepting and forgiving.
Friday, February 12, 2016
Yesterday I mentioned "the ‘God seed’ is quite evident in each of them, as well as their struggles with ego & their own humanity." By that I meant that myself, each of them and everyone else has a part of God, sometimes called that "small quiet voice", inside us. That part is usually love-based and acting according to that part generally increases the integrity of the universe. On the other hand, we also have a fear-based, ego, materialistic and very survival oriented part. Each part is useful in its own way. Using meditation and contemplation I attempt to balance the parts.
Thursday, February 11, 2016
We had our monthly men’s meeting tonight and it is truly wonderful to be in a room with a group of men with that level of love, vulnerability, connection & support. It’s quite an honor for me to be in a respected leadership role in such a group. What I call the "God seed" is quite evident in each of them, as well as their struggles with ego & their own humanity.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Recently, when I pray to that force I call God, I frequently ask that I be relieved of the "bondage of self", the interference of my fear-based and often defensive ego. I find that if I listen to that part of myself that I am less likely to respond in a way that is loving and that increases the integrity of the universe. For example, regarding the issue of promoting my book which I mentioned yesterday, the fear-based part of me would respond in some sort of retaliative way rather than simply requesting more activity.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Today was a day of conflicting values and ideas in my activities. On one hand, I got some comments and compliments about the panel discussion I just led. Then also tonight I encountered several of the young addicts/alcoholics at the recovery meeting I went to. There was a strong sense of harmonious, loving connection regarding these and other activities, a feeling of balance and rightness. On the other hand the company that published my book does not seem to be following through with their end of their contract to promote my book. I have a sense that I will have to take some stronger corrective action and I will attempt to do that in a loving way.
Sunday, February 7, 2016
Well, today was the panel discussion of my book (Three Simple Questions: Being in the World but Not of It) and I don’t believe it could have gone better. The members of the panel were excellent and the sense of love, presence, power and connection during the gathering was very strong. After resting for a bit, I am left with an immense feeling of gratitude that I could participate in and even lead such a gathering, another step in my efforts to "change the world".