All tagged contemplation

Selfish

I’ve been thinking a lot about the things I say and do. Before taking any action I’ve been asking myself is this benefiting me in any way before others. And if the answer is yes then I approach with great caution. The same can be said for when I’m replying to someone. If that reply is just a bunch of selfish “me” talk then I generally try and find another way to reply that removes me (or my ego) from the thread. After all, most of these things aren’t actually ever about you and much more often are pointed towards a group or other person.

Leaves Fall & Grey Days

I have always been drawn to autumn. The changing of the leaves, the brisk mornings that are warmed up by the sun, and the grey days where time seems to slow down all put a smile on my face. The changing of the seasons have always been essential marks for me throughout the year. Times to check back on the past few months and consider the next few months. But autumn sits as the most important season for me, and I've begun to wonder why that is.

Decisions always need to be made

How many decisions do you think humans make on a daily basis? Hundreds right? Many without thinking but some require much more thought, questioning, and preparation. On this, I think we can agree. How many renunciations do you think someone makes on a daily basis? For each decision made how many other paths aren't taken? I've been thinking about this for months and months, ever since I read Ronald Rohleiser's book: The Holy Longing.

*big sigh*

I keep trying to come up with words that can describe how I feel about this whole mess and I can't ever find the right words. Heartbroken? Sure. Sad? Yes. Stressed? Of course. Angry? Absolutely. Ashamed? You got it. Disappointed? Without a doubt. I know I'm in a tough place because as someone who values his time of sitting in silence and being able to still my thoughts I've been completely unable to do this for the past 24+ hours. Silence and contemplation is a major pillar in my life so not being able to get more than a few minutes in is tough.

Heaven, Hell & Judgements

At the essence of our very being, we should desire to live a good life. Allowing hate into our lives and growing the seed of iniquity in our hearts will 'poison the well.' I believe that no one actually decides to live a life filled with hate. I do speculate though that those whose lives that we would recognize as less than good have allowed themselves to adopt the cold shadow of evil that accompanies us everywhere and is always looking for an opportunity to wedge its way into our lives.

A Light in the Dark

My brothers and sisters, you should understand that as long as I live, you will always have a light in the dark, a cabin in the woods with a warm fire and light to protect you from the darkness. I'm still just a text message, email or phone call away and available to you at any time day or night, just say the word, and I'm there. After all, you're my everything, the reason I live.

Rethink your Approach

I was having a conversation with a friend recently who expressed the dread of having to speak with his superior at work. The gist of it was that his superior was a royal pain the butt, know it all who valued his own opinion more than anyone else's on his team. Sounds tough right? I am sure we've all had this kind of person in our life at some point or another. It's not easy, probably makes our skin crawl when presented with the challenge of speaking with this person and I think our predisposition is to go headlong into the bear trap without stopping first.

Stop and smell the roses, really.

I've always been the person that would go on walks throughout nature, stop randomly and ponder the beauty of everything around me. The flowers, the trees, the ants and their mystical dance, I could go on and on. The point I'm trying to make is I've always acknowledged the beauty of things around me, and I just wasn't sure what I was appreciating (or who). At least this was the case until recently.

Humility.

Whether you believe in God or not I challenge you to turn down your ego and allow humility to reign throughout your life, think before you speak, question before you act and love before you hate. For if we do even one of these things the effect will be a ripple across this universe that will plant the seed that is love and as long as we cultivate it we'll be able to benefit from all the fruits it will bear.