This Week's Quotation:
The idea is not to regard the spiritual path as something very luxurious and pleasurable but to see it as just facing the facts of life. We are always in transition. If you can just relax with that, you'll have no problem. Live your life as an experiment.
Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Tibetan Buddhist lama. Founder of Naropa University, Boulder, CO
Living Life as an Experiment
I think we'd all agree that these are chaotically wowser times we live in. Even when we remember we are a spiritual being having a human experience, we can’t afford to fall asleep at the wheel while navigating the jungles of time and space.
I have found great value in Chögyam Trungpa's suggestion to live life as an experiment. After all, our life is our canvas! I most enjoy experimenting with different practices that support my well-being and that nurture all three components of the human holy trinity—body, mind, and heart—so that all three are renewed and swept up in the joy of I am alive!
What I choose depends on what helps to restore the balance needed at the moment and assists me in keeping my OM on. For example, I might do qigong, take a walk, meditate, or dance out any discombobulation I feel. Today the energy felt denser than usual, so I declared it June Jubilee day. At lunchtime, I gave 15 minutes to singing, smiling, and laughing out loud for no reason. It was just the renewal I needed.
Whatever supports you in maintaining attunement, give yourself at least a couple of small doses each day. Even better, work up to at least one hefty serving—every day. I hope you discover as I have, that living life as an experiment helps prevent us from getting enmeshed in the serious world.
Maintaining our sovereignty and ability to remain present for whatever the day brings, is a blessing we bring to our world. There is sacred self-empowerment in cultivating our best and giving it to every precious moment of our lives.
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