Saturday, October 17, 2009

Being More; Doing Less

As I explained in one of my previous posts, my major goal in all my expressions is to bring something beneficial and of worth to the world. In contemplating this idea, (as I tend to overthink everything!), I have often wondered what the best way is to make my contribution.

Many wise people have said that to change the world, you have to start with yourself. This is one of those pieces of truth that is easier said than done. How do we actually change ourselves in a way that benefits the world around us? Conventional wisdom would say "do more" but the real difference comes from "be more", which can actually mean doing less.

What is meant by "be more"? Well, simply put, self-evolution. Being aware of yourself in the moment and how you are "being" in the world. It's having the courage to shine a light into yourself and paying attention to how "who you are" is affecting those around you. Then striving to be more of the big three:

Be more Accepting (of yourself)

Be more Kind (to yourself)

Be more Loving (to yourself)

Ultimately, be more of a living embodiment of your divine self which only you can find and define. One has only to look at the great ones to see the point. Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Theresa, Jesus, Buddha are all examples of this principle. Their actions were secondary to them being who they were. Their actions were a natural expression of who they were which gave power and genuineness to what they did.

The way to be a better you starts with one basic principle: pay attention to yourself, observe yourself, love yourself. Some ways to do this are:
1. Meditation

2. Daily reminders to yourself to pay attention to yourself and be kind to yourself.

3. Connecting with others who are also on the path to "be more"

4. Ask yourself questions like "who am I?" and "what is my purpose?"

5. Spend some quality time with yourself!

There is a buddhist saying: "You can explore the universe looking for somebody who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and you will not find that person anywhere."
Happy Being to everyone!

1 comment:

  1. Hi, Lena! Oh, you are so right that Happy Lotus is a great place to get started on this path. Nadia is a shining example of someone who makes the world better every day.

    The Dalai Lama once said that all of his teachings can be summarized in one sentence: "If you can, help others; if not, at least to no harm."

    That, I believe is how you start with yourself. The first step is to stop doing harm to yourself or to others with wrong thinking, wrong speech or wrong actions. Once you have done that, you will find yourself settling into inner peace and you will naturally shift towards helping others.

    You, my dear, are well on your way. :)