Happy Thursday. Remember to start each day with gratitude. Have an awesome day. Enjoy.
Always do your best……we are all free to choose our beliefs. This is the freedom that each one of us can claim in our lives. What we don’t have the freedom to do, is to impose our rules, and our beliefs on other people. As human beings we must give each other the space to be who we are. We must show respect and allow for the differences in thought and action, and encouraging authenticity. We need to strive for healthy levels of attachment to our ideas, and beliefs. In these attachments we don’t want to convince everyone of our way of thinking, we are happy to live in a world where we are free to share our ideas, but never to impose them. So we need to use mindfulness to better understand our own levels of attachment. We need to reflect how often we use shame, and blame as tools to bring people to our point of view.
Once you cross the threshold of sharing ideas openly and without judgment, to a place where you judge and assign those judgements based on your beliefs. Your levels of attachment have become fanatical and no longer allow you to be open to new ways of thinking and being. It only allows for one way of thinking, but doesn’t allow for choice. Having awareness, will let us see that our strong attachment to our own beliefs, can corrupt our ability to be open to life and people. We will see that when we vehemently defend our positions, or separate people by their beliefs, that our attachment has crowded out our awareness. The quest to be right, is always about self-importance, while the quest for knowledge is about exercising freedom. There is beauty and light all around us…..but we have to be willing to let it in. Namaste
Don Miguel Ruiz Jr. said “Sometimes we think that the only way to make some on a better person, and by extension, make the world a better place, is to convince them that they should see things our way. When we think that we know more or better than someone else, we are setting ourselves up for a clash of beliefs. This is what corrupts a beautiful idea. The idea can be anything eating vegan, civil rights, tolerance, animal rights, world peace, religious beliefs or any seemingly noble idea. A fanatical attachment to any of these ideas will create more harm than good. To bend others to our will, we look for anything that tugs at their emotional structure, and when we cannot find any buttons to push, we become angrier and more uncompromising. Without respect for the freedom of choice, peace is not ever possible.”
By Lisa Scott ~ Executive Life Coach