|08-15-2009, 03:10 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jan 2008
Against the Wind
You probably know this song, it has a nice tune, but the lyrics feel lonely and sad. I know that many in this community believe in the "Going with the Flow" philosophy, but you probably will face stretches along your spiritual path that feel lonesome and uphill.
Our journey is all about dismantling the "I" to see what lies beyond. Ignoring the demands of the "I" can at times feel like having needles under your skin. Let me give you a pretty trivial example. I have stopped drinking coffee just because I observed an energy source at the back of my head that doesn't require additional stimulus. Boy, do I miss my coffee!!! Similarly, I quit drinking my occasional glass of beer or wine since alcohol lowers your mindfulness. As you know, mindfulness and will power is what it takes to keep the demands of the "I" in check.
Actually, the spiritual path traveler is in this respect not any different from anyone who aspires to accomplish a particular goal and pushes her own boundaries in the process. I would love to hear from you what little sacrifices you have made along your journey.
|08-15-2009, 03:33 PM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: North central Florida
What you say is so true. Attachments to things leads to more and more suffering. The more we beome detached the better for the psyche and easier it is to reach a higher consciousness. I have given up all forms of caffeine, alcohol and tobacco. I no longer look at the car and house as mine but as a loan to me, and now I'm working on becoming detached from the self - the body, mind and ego. The 'I' and the 'me' in this case are the witness of all that garbage. However, the ego keeps drawing me back into the self over and over again but less and less.
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