The Yoga of Thanks
In this Issue Giving Thanks A Thought for Your Practice Spiritgeek's Spiritual Calendar Quotations Giving…
Being July, in the United States, a very important holiday is coming up in the next few days. July 4th, also known as Independence Day, is a remembrance of the day that the colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence.
This is the first of a collection of documents that contain ideas that if for no other reason should go down in history for the profound spiritual nature they enclose. In the Declaration of Independence the statement of, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Imagine the world that would be if we actually lived up to such high ideals!
If we will, we can live up to these ideas and prosper in the freedoms that they offer. As with all choices, they do not come without repercussions. There are costs with this choice as with all choices.
Are you willing to pay the price? Are you willing to give up the idea that you are better than another? Will you remove the idea that you and only you have the truth and that all others must abide by your truth and more importantly, are you wiling to live within your own truth? Can you accept that what brings you happiness may not bring it to another and their happiness may not be understood by you?
When you are truly willing to accept the responsibilities and consequences of the choice, then you can declare yourself as Independent and step into a life that you likely have not even dreamed of before.
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To find a personal state of independence one must find where they have allowed themselves to become enslaved. In many places we are very aware of our enslavement, we have knowingly allowed ourselves to become or to continue since in one way or another there appears to be some benefit.
There are also places where we will not realize our slavery to ideas, methods or the norms of our lives. These can be a bit more difficult to access, but as with all things in your life, if you can question it, you can address it.
So here is a little homework assignment:
This simple exercise can be used initially to address the areas in our lives we are aware of and then later with the ones we become aware of when we start looking. It is quite simple and as with most of my exercises, it begins with looking at you.
Take a look at what appear to be hard, fast rules in your life. The more required the rule or way of doing things, the more likely there is a possible binding there.
Look at it very closely.
- What do you “have” to do with this?
- Why do you “have” to?
- Where did this rule or way of doing things come from?
- Is there possibly an alternate way of doing or being?
Often our rules come from our childhoods, we were told that this is the way things are and we believed it for any number of reasons.
Now do not get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with rules and ways of doing things, but if you are unable to question them, then you are likely a slave to them and that can become a hindrance in your growth. It boils down to becoming aware and then deciding if you want to change it.
Why would we allow ourselves to become abjectly subservient to any idea, philosophy or fact? Oh yes, we are very often slaves to facts. Oh and how we fight sometimes to validate, justify and convince ourselves that being owned is not only right, but required.
Think about life and death for a moment. It is a fact that everyone dies, except for an exceedingly few listed in some of the world’s scripture, it is not even a question, but an absolute given. OK, so if it is destined to happen, why do we spend so much time, energy and effort in attempting to avoid it?
Because we have become slaves to the idea that death must be bad, it is different and we have allowed ourselves to be owned by the fear of that difference. Someone told me recently that often fear is actually unrealized empowerment misunderstood by the mind and ego, what in interesting idea.
So we have a fact, apparently an uncomfortable one, so if we just accept that fact and live every moment to its utmost, squeezing every drop of life out of it, would that not make for a fantastic life unto itself? Add to that the freedom that comes with it to pursue the callings of your Heart and Spirit to unfold a life that could only have been designed by Heavenly Creature, you, and what would you have, absolute awesomeness!
There is an old joke that says something along the idea that most of us act as if our bodies are needed in pristine condition as if they were going to be used as a trade-in for a newer model. I want to turn the body in, used, dented a few times, worn, possibly falling apart and arrive saying “Wow, what a ride!” What about you?
The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage.
The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.
A life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction.
Rita Mae Brown
Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?
Slavery of the body is terrible and should never be allowed but slavery of the Mind and Spirit is purely diabolical.
|“10 Secrets to the Secret”™ Discussion Group||Every Monday†|
† Every Monday except July 5th
The ongoing series of discussions on Robert/Spiritgeek’s upcoming book, “10 Secrets to the Secret”™ due out this summer. Learn the 10 insights that have made the Law of Attraction come alive for so many and helped many more discover where they were unintentionally sabotaging themselves.
From 3:00PM till about 5:00 at The Spot, 4455 Overland Ave, Culver City, in the back room. Come enjoy good coffee, excellent food and be part of the completion of the book.
The tenth and final session of the series will be July 26th.
|Reputation Label’s “NerveCast Friday”||Every Friday|
Reputation Label‘s "NerveCast Friday" show with Johnny, Kris, the gang and Monkey on the internet live from 1:00PM-3:00PM PDT (4:00-6:00 EDT) from London. Music, conversation, some general mayhem and just a bit of Life Coaching from yours truly.
From the Reputation Label site:
Join us in the chat room during the show for another dimension of interactive radio.
|Club Inspire U||Jul 24, 2010|
In addition to the always exceptional event of inspiring artists, there will be the addition of Inspire U Records founder Kris Searle’s birthday and the release party for Kris’ new single, “Warning Signs” featuring Darnell Swallow. There may be another release going on at the event, but that is not definite as of yet.
From the Club Inspire U site:
I wanted to create a place where people feel like it’s a ‘home from home’ where you refresh and vitalize and you leave inspired. A place you can come and not be judged. You are accepted for who you are and for what you do. They aren’t enough places like this so this is going to be a place where ideas will thrive and natural talent rules. Whatever it is.
|Interview on Wake Up!|
Ryan Ray and Fuz are the hosts of Wake Up! and recently invited me to do a segment on their weekly webcast.
From the Wake Up! site:
Wake UP! Explore your Passion is a TV talk show that changes the way people think about work. Through guest success stories and audience participation, host Ryan Ray inspires and motivates those who live only for the weekend to break the cycle and begin exploring their passion every day.
|“10 Secrets to the Secret”™ Book Release||Summer 2010|
While finishing “10 Secrets to the Secret”™ is set for later this summer, if we can get the publishing taken care of early enough, we are hoping to release it at the Club Inspire U event on the 24th of July.
In keeping with the Club Inspire U tradition, all copies sold at the event will donate 20% of the profits to the American Cancer Society.