"When understood, the Buddha’s universe..is anything but alien and inhibiting. It is a world full of hope, where everything we need to do can be done and everything that matters is within human reach. It is a world where kindness, unselfishness, non-violence, and compassion achieve what self-interest and arrogance cannot. It is a world where any human can be happy in goodness and the fullness of giving." ❦ Eknath Easwara

November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving Thought - You Are Your Own Man or Woman

You are your own man or woman. You were not meant to be what your parents wanted you to be. You were not meant to be what society wanted you to be. You were meant to discover and be your unique and precious own self. Parents and society weren’t meant to make you in their image but to provide a safe, transitional space for your own self-development. Where this has not happened, we can and must re-parent ourselves, for we were always meant to be our own parents—that is, to know our own authority, to be self-responsible, and to able to take care of ourselves as autonomous, self-directed human beings.

Looking deep into the individual unfolding of being, one can find perhaps the greatest truth one can know: You were meant to be. You were meant to shine. You were meant to discover the All in the individual One, and in the individual One, the All.  All the philosophies, all the religions, all the spiritual beliefs systems are, at best, mere aides and guides, all pointing to the great truth in each of us.  In no egocentric sense, not getting stuck in any "self" story, the big story of the universe is you, if you know it.  But too often we are blind to the ineffable and deathless meaning within each of us.  The great joy of life is finding out this hidden yet open secret and exploring it to the end of all limitations.

Steven Goodheart


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