Darryl Bailey

I’ve mentioned Darryl‘s work a few times on Twitter, and that’s only because I’ve found such peace and harmony in listening to his monthly podcasts (there are around 70 now, stretching back to 2011).

I’m not expecting you to be turned on to what he has to say (you might be turned very much off) but if you’ve got a moment, you might want to watch or listen to this wonderful interview with the lovely people at Conscious TV.

Blessings

In the end…

In the end…

“Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

We’re all seeking…something.

It drives us crazy, because no matter how hard we try, we never quite get there.

But, what if, the thing sought for was already found, i.e. happiness?

Of course, it’s hard to see let alone experience because your mind always tells you otherwise.

And there’s the kicker: if you think you’ll change ‘out there’ to make ‘in here’ extraordinary, then you’re very unlikely to make sense of anything, let alone this thing we call life.

Coming full circle

Coming full circle

“Enlightenment is: absolute cooperation with the inevitable.” ― Anthony de Mello

It’s not an age thing — it can happen at any stage. But for most people, they nearly always come back to the beginning: “Why am I here?”

There’s no obvious answer, unless you’re comfortable in adopting someone else’s narrative.

Of course, when you’ve done that (repeatedly) and the feeling stays the same, where does that leave you?

A place of acceptance?

A place of anxiety?

Or, no place at all?

Look at this way. If you’re willing to examine your life beyond a bushel of labels, you may find it’s not necessary to strive for anything, look for anything or accept anything. Yes, you know what I’m going to say; namely, everything just is.

In recognising this, it has nothing to do with resignation or giving up, but accepting that you’re no more in control of your life than you are the beating of your heart or how you age.

Does that mean you’ve got to go with the flow?

Yes, I suppose so but only if you’re willing to accept that you are everything and no-thing at the same time.

 

It’s your life

It’s your life

“Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am.” ― Parker J. PalmerLet Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation

It’s easy to lose touch with life.

No, not that life. You know, the ‘doing it, doing it, doing it’ variety but the sought of life where we’re not in constant struggle with what is.

But, of course, with our ‘always on’ society, we miss it. We miss it, because we’re so busy chasing the next fix, or To Do List or goal that we don’t see that breathing, sitting and laughing (as examples) are actually where our attention should go. Not as an escape — that’s a little how I feel sometimes about the whole meditation thing — but to come alive to true self.

Of course, it’s not for everyone. For a start, most people don’t want to be alone with their thoughts. Why should they? For a start, they’re sick to death of the same riff that chides them for not doing more. And then there’s the likely narcissism, and on and on it goes.

In saying this, I’m not suggesting you change your life but just once in a while I think it’s good to stop, do nothing and understand the whole premise of life is not to move (constantly) from one faux point to another, but to come alive to the person you were born to be; namely, someone who doesn’t hide behind a serious of masks to fit in.

If you do have time today, try sitting for a few minutes, breathe deeply and hear yourself at the most profound level. And then ask yourself, “What is my experience of life?” . You may not get the question now, but it might find a place in your heart once you’ve found a way to let go of all the usual stuff we’re apt to describe as 21st-century living.

Making the most of your gifts

Making the most of your gifts

“Sometimes we have to soak ourselves in the tears and fears of the past to water our future gardens.” ― Suzy Kassem

What are they?

Your most beautiful gifts (to the world).

The thing is, our inner compass defines our outer world, but when that is defined, mostly, by what others tell us — e.g. “Are you sure?”, “You might fail” or “I wouldn’t” — is it any wonder we end up doing the same things as everyone else.

To be clear. This isn’t an ego trip. If anything, it’s a self-examination riff.

If you’re willing to go within, remember that a blank sheet of paper is far more beneficial than thinking you have all the answers.

Start there, and the world really is your oyster.