February 4, 2010
Never Be a Prisoner of the Past – so important to see if one is seeing life through unclear glasses. Life has enough challenges to be carrying on with challenges from earlier times that we sidestep in hopes of avoiding their entering our decisions. The attachment to anything that bothers us year after year MUST be detached from to better see the love that we really have buried deep inside. The blessing is that the methods apart from religion are there ‘tried and true’.
Rich, poor, or in-between, life in the physical sense has an expiration date. The rich feel little need to be experiencing their inner peace with needed emotional and spiritual qualities while feeling the tradeoff with that which just can’t be traded. The addiction to the material is more seductive than letting go and walking away into the sunlight of a more meditative, loving life. My experience of this also was in NYC where I lived on the 40th floor with a balcony overlooking Central Park and the skyline of Manhattan. I could see and feel living a more quality, spiritual life of giving to others was being compromised and ignored as my style of living was set to reach for higher material plateaus. Time to stop fighting the voices in your mind, especially making friends with the weak and negative ones.
The accumulation of ‘toys’ is seductive but ultimately empty. In my world in Manhattan, it seemed like everyone else was following the same empty addiction. In a sense, poor or rich we can also be a prisoner of the attachment to the future. In both cases, letting go of either and pursuits, be they just keeping ‘afloat’, acquiring more and more, or self abuse equating to fighting with a poor self image that hasn’t been let go of is like a hamster spinning in a round and round cage. We imprison ourselves in myriad ways outer and inward. Why be a prisoner life a round and round cage without stepping out to follow in inward journey that gives back to life’s present of being here now at this special time? Anyone at anytime in life can take a journey to inner riches with the many meditation techniques available as the vehicle. The hidden key to being free of the inner prisons is in your heart.