Here I lay
Listening to the soft voice of a yin yoga teacher
In a deep meditation
An American backpacker in a distant land
Byron Bay is the perfect place for those who are searching for self knowledge
A place to heal emotional wounds.
So here I lay in a dark yoga studio
Suddenly tears come down my cheeks
My inner Buddha speaking clearly without the distractions interfering
If I don’t let go of gambling
I let go of my dreams
I let go of my happiness & freedom
My life will read as a tragedy if I don’t change my ways
I’m 6 weeks sober from gambling
Turning my life around 1 day at a time
1 month sober
Thank you to those who taught me the way
Thank you to those who taught me what I do not want to become
This path is more difficult but the rewards are great
I will not force my views or tell others to follow my path
I will not fight a crusade or try to convert others to my way of thinking
I will just sip my herbal tea peaceful with non judgement
My life is my message 🙏🏻
Many focus their energy trying to help others
Leaving themselves drained, unhappy and frustrated
They do not realize that you can not give by throwing
By forcing your beliefs on others you fall off your path and push others away from you
Just focus your energy on becoming the best version of yourself
Those who are lost in the darkness will see your light shining
It’s up to them if they want to walk along the side of you or to stay on their path
Pain is inevitable
Suffering is optional
How we think
How we talk
What habits we choose to practice
Cause most of our own suffering
The way out is to look deeply within
How am I causing my own suffering?
Why do I do what I do?
“There is no such thing as enlightened beings, only enlightened activities.”- Shunryu Suzuki
Busy is frantic
Focus is calm
Busy is mindless
Focus is mindful
Busy does not always mean important
Don’t be fooled in thinking a busy life equates to a meaningful life
The sun will rise
And set Relax, nothing is under control
Days will go by
People will get sick Loved ones will die
Jobs will be lost
People will cheat, lie, and push your buttons Relax, nothing is under control
Our mission is to rise above and stay positive even in the darkest of times
Knowing that everything & everyone is impermanent
We can find joy by letting go of control of others and situations
All we can control is our reaction and attitude to the chaos around us Resilience is built by not avoiding hard situations but by embracing them with love, compassion, and acceptance.
Let go of the need to be right
Let go of the need to control others Let go of the need to control your surroundings Allow others to be who they are Allow situations to unfold without complaining or controlling anything True liberation is found when we don’t allow outside situations to hinder our own happiness True strength found in staying positive even in the most challenging situations
Your life is your message
There are two wolves inside of us.
Always at battle.
A good wolf.
That is kind, brave, and loving.
A bad wolf.
That is fearful, angry, and greedy.
The one you
to feed. choose
Is the one that grows.
To end this constant battle.
You must show deep compassion & love to the bad wolf.
Feed the good wolf with how you talk to yourself, others, and your actions in the world.
For who they are today
Not what you think they should be
The ego wants to control everything & everyone
While the divine accepts & loves others for who they are today, no matter how “flawed” they are
There is a wise zen master in all of us knows that others will change on their own pace (or not change at all)
Focus the energy you have used arguing or controlling others on becoming the best version of yourself
Your life is your message
“We are all mangoes on the same tree, ripening at different times.”
What do you want to be remembered for?
The shiny sports car?
A fancy corporate title?
Or is there more to life than accumulation and status?
I want to be remembered as a compassionate person.
As someone who reduced the amount of suffering in this world.
Who left this world a little more peaceful then when I arrived.
Not through talk alone but through mindful action.
Our own life is our message.