The Thought I Woke Up With #145

There’s No Way Around It

I watched an interview with an Indian guru one time. The man was talking about his spiritual journey. Part of his journey involved withdrawing into a cave where he thought he was going to find enlightenment through isolation and meditation. He spent months in that cave meditating, emerging only to replenish his supplies. Then, one day it came to him- enlightenment wasn’t going to happen in the cave. He came to understand that he had to get back into the world, rejoin life and the living.

Our lives revolve around decisions. Indeed lives are run on decisions. Wherever you find yourself right this second, like it or hate it, is a direct result of decisions you made. That’s just the way it is.

There are two key points to know about decisions. Firstly, decisions are made. They can therefore be “unmade.” That’s another way of defining the undoing process. In order to attain enlightenment everyone has errors to undo/rectify. No matter who you are, you’ve made some mistakes that need to be attended to before peace and Love return.

Secondly, undoing cannot happen in some remote cave or other suchlike place through meditation and reflection only. As much as I applaud and advise regular periods of meditation and quiet time in general the actual rectifying of errors that keep one in the ego frame must be done through living life.

The enlightenment pathway entails facing errors and making different, correct choices. You can’t cook a meal by imagining yourself in a kitchen.

Author Rabindranath Tagore puts it this way: “You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.”

Consider this also; every decision made, seemingly good, bad or indifferent is an opportunity to undo and heal. There are no exceptions to this rule. It’s one of those immutable cosmic ones.

As is immutable the fact that there is no way around it— Life is to be lived, situations are to be rectified, enlightenment is to be attained. It’s all about living and choosing.

To many of us the simple process I have just described is terrifying. I know it is. But you know, it is only terrifying until you wade in. What do you do when you’re standing at the edge of a swimming pool and you know the water feels cold? You shut your eyes and jump in.

Do the same with an uncomfortable scenario that you need to attend to. Close your eyes and blurt it out; say what you have to say; do what you have to do. As the add says, Just do it.

What have you got to lose? That you’ll get it wrong? So what? Whenever you do something from the heart and straight up, even when you get it wrong, you’ll be right.

Until tomorrow,


The Thought I Woke Up With #145

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