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Living V. Reliving

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Your shelves and coffee tables are littered with books. Your newsreader is overflowing with blog posts. Your Twitter is alive with the sound of verbal diarrhea. Words, words, words. We think we're learning, but we are only reliving. All of these stories, all of these insights are simply "fingers pointing at the moon." But they sure as shit aren't the moon. 

Have you substituted direct experience for fairy tales? Do the insights of pastors, authors and poets get you off just enough to help you sleep at night? Think you grok some deep, fundamental truth because you read some swami's autobiography?

Fuck that shit. 

  • If you desire to feel a deep unity with the Ground of Being, don't read a book about it - sit your ass on a cushion for 30 minutes a day.
  • If you want to know the "peace that passes all understanding," don't replay an audio sermon about it - regularly schedule time to shut everything down and be with yourself.
  • If you want to learn how to be more loving and less selfless, then set a goal to write one handwritten note of encouragement per day.

Experiment with life. Treat it as a laboratory. Push this and watch that pop out. See for yourself. Get your damn hands dirty. 

Wisdom and insight are fine; after all, I realize the irony that I am writing words on a blog. But words are simply signposts that allow us to witness and enjoy others' experiences and to learn routes for our own journey. 

"If you see the Buddha on the road, kill him."  No teacher, no book, no ritual, no prophet, no second-hand story will ever allow you to access spiritual truth until you carve the time to experience it firsthand. If the desire of your heart is to see Paris - you can read the Wikipedia page - or you can get on a fuckin' plane and marinate in the sounds and smells of the city.

Trevor, The Edge of Spiri

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Be a Goddamned Fighter

Life’s a race and I am gonna win
And I’ll light the fuse and I’ll never lose
And I choose to survive, whatever it takes
You won’t pull ahead, I’ll keep up the pace
And I’ll reveal my strength to the whole human race
Yes I am prepared to stay alive
[Muse, "Survival"]

Stop being such a whiny puss. Seriously.

Have you ever known (or been) someone who completely identifies with his/her pain? Each of us takes on certain identities - and these individuals have labeled themselves as 'victims.' Everyone is out to hurt them. They are offended by everything. Everything is a big fuckin' deal. heir Facebook timelines are full of woe-is-me bad news so that the rest of us can feel sorry for them. They are Attention Vampires and your pity is their True Blood. 

Don't be like that. Please. Look, life throws curveballs. Sometimes things suck... bad. I have several people in my life right now that have been dealt shit hands and are severely struggling. And while it's totally necessary to grieve and experience darkness - it's not necessary to set up camp there.  

How you choose to react to the things that happen to you today is completely up to you. You get to pick; you are the one ascribing meaning to what you experience. What kind of a trip do you want to have? Is your life going to be the Universe experiencing pain and suffering and victimization? Cool. Have fun with that.

Just know it doesn't have to be that way if you don't want it to be.

Be a goddamned fighter. See yourself as the victor. Be a badass. Laugh off the opposition. Grow a pair. Experience life sincerely, but not seriously. Breathe deep and get back up.  Do you think your self-pity buys you want you want? Can you trade in your suffering for justice? Hell no. So why do you do this to yourself? Rise above. Let your mind dwell on that which is of strength, resolve and find confidence in yourself as a CREATOR - one who takes 100% responsibility for your own life.

If you're used to being the victim this is far easier said than done. ut you can do it, tiger. No one is holding you back but you. No one is coming to save you but you. Life's a race - and you're going to win. Reveal your strength to the whole human race.

By Trevo, The Edge of Spirit

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