Spiritual Moments

I would like to begin this piece by noting that what I am writing about is the resulting experience of the practical application of Eckhart Tolle’s teachings.  Furthermore, in it’s application, there have been other insights which arose and which I also share.  Every individual’s experience is unique when pursuing the spiritual path, writing or expressing it can always bring value to those around you.

Whether you may recognize it or not, you have had a spiritual moment, or moments, in your life.  I am not referring to a full or grand spiritual experience, where you become overwhelmed by the unconditional love that surrounds us all, or where you have been given a very clear sign of what direction you should take in your life or in a particular situation.  Spiritual moments are smaller, more brief time spans where you suddenly feel calm, relaxed, where there is less mind chatter and you feel a little freer.  It can be very simple and does not have to be an immediately life altering experience.  If pursued, spiritual moments can lead to progressively deeper spiritual experiences and the exhilaration that comes along with it.

A spiritual moment can happen at any time and in any number of different ways.  Perhaps you were in traffic driving home and not thinking of anything in particular.  You could be at the gym working out and extremely focused during your set.  Maybe you were in a very intense moment like rock climbing where your life is literally on the line and requires your 100% focus and attention.  You could have been watching TV, feeling very tired so you just stopped thinking.  A spiritual moment is essentially a moment where you are living completely in the moment, and where the clutter in your mind clears up, even if it is just for a second.

The ultimate goal is to recognize it, remember it and eventually try to recreate it.  But you may be asking, “Why?”,  “What’s the point?”.  The answer is in what you felt during your spiritual moment.  Did it not feel good?  If you think carefully about it, would you not say that for those few moments, you had no care or concerns?  The fact is, when you had your spiritual moment, you were calm.  Serenity found its way into your life.  Perhaps even in the slightest amount.  It felt good.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have that more often, or even permanently?  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to reduce or eliminate the amount of our worry, stress, tension, anxiety about our past or future?  Our true natural state is serenity.  It’s how we are supposed to be, it’s where we came from and its what we are supposed to bring into our life here.  Once this is accomplished, it then becomes what we bring into the life of others.  Not by doing anything in particular, but simply by just being a person who is living completely in the present.

As children, we spent all our time living in the moment.  It was only when we grew older that we learned to live in regret about the past and worry about the future.  The expectations we gradually developed for ourselves were formed mostly based on worldly and materialistic goals, not spiritual ones.  We began choking our true passions just so we could make a buck, finding jobs that did nothing for our spirit.  We developed expectations that had nothing to do with getting in touch with our true natural state, but rather to prioritize materialistic ambition.  We became lost.

The questions then becomes:  How do we live more in the present moment?

I will share what has worked for me, and has put me on this path.

Since much of our tension and worry arises in the mind, it is important to have more control over our thoughts.  Give yourself time each day, perhaps even only 5 minutes initially, to allow yourself to become the watcher of your thoughts, the observer.  Become separate from your thinking, and as the images of your thoughts arise and appear in your mind, become the being who is watching these thoughts.  Do not resist any thought, let the thoughts come.  As you continue to observe you will find that the thoughts themselves become less intense.  The thought slowly dissolves and become less and less real or concrete.  Any emotions that are triggered by any thought also becomes less intense. This is because you are no longer your thoughts, you are simply an observer of your thoughts.  BEING our thoughts is where the emotional discord arises.  This is the moment where we actually believe we are what we are thinking.  But when we separate ourselves from our thoughts, we are no longer controlled by them.  We become less reactive to any thought which may arise.  Thinking that we are our thoughts is a position in which most of us have lived most of our lives.  It is the primary method and direct physical cause for which we become stressed, anxious and worried.  When you are the observer of your thoughts, you are no longer capable of being in any of these states, it becomes impossible.

With enough time and an enough practice, you will start feeling an increased sense of calm.  At first you may only get glimpses of it, but over time this feeling will begin to last longer.  It will be a similar sense of calm you felt during your initial spiritual moments, when you were doing whatever it was you were doing at that time, i.e.  watching TV, driving home, etc.…  The difference is that you will no longer have to do those activities to feel this way.  If you relied on those methods for peace, but it was not practical, you now have another way.  A method that can be done anytime and anywhere.

With continued practice, you will find that your moments of calm will turn into feelings of bliss and tranquility and eventually, a constant feeling of divine love.  As you grow and improve your ability to control your thoughts, you will become very much in tune with your own internal compass and it will begin to direct you.  It will direct you, very naturally, to your own life purpose.  Finding one’s life purpose is an issue that many struggle with, but what I’ve presented here can be your ticket to discovering it.

So simple yet so powerful.  I challenge you to give it a try, practice it so you can see for yourself.

The Love of Family

I came home today to find my wife speaking sternly with my 1.5 year old son because of something he did that was putting him in danger of getting hurt. I had just stepped inside the door when this was happening and no one saw that I had arrived. I let the entire sequence play out before announcing I was home.
I did so because as I overheard my wife speaking, a sudden wave of gratitude and thankfulness caught me at that moment. I felt blessed to have a wife who looks after our entire family and household and who never asks for anything in return. She gives, gives, gives unconditionally all the time. I’m starting to find that her face glows brighter and brighter with each passing year and I’m certain it’s because of her giving nature.
I also felt blessed that I had a family…a unit of souls who chose to be with each other to fulfill some divine unknown purpose. Through the course of our lives we are going to interact and influence, intentionally or not and for better or for worse, an unknown number of people who will cross our paths.
I felt, truly, and for the first time, that I had been given a gift. The gift of two children, who are still young enough to be constantly bringing purity and joy into our lives, and my wife whose only desire is to make sure we are all safe happy and, of course, fed. It doesn’t get much more divine than that. At least not for me.
If you are in a family with a similar situation, be it the family you helped start, or the one you were raised in, don’t be blind to this fact. Recognize, if you haven’t already, how blessed and lucky you really are. For you are being loved in the way we are all meant to be loved, unconditionally and without judgement.

Teaching the Next Generation to Love

Parents have a precious opportunity in raising the next generation. For instilling love, compassion, and care in our children. The best thing we can do is make our children blind to colour, race and creed. The best thing we can do is make them see everyone as one. To teach them to love all. That no one in the world is better than they are and they are not superior to any one else. That at the core of our humanity we are all the same. We are unconditionally loved and, once fully realized we are capable of spreading this unconditional love to everyone we meet. Even a glance can convey such a message. This love is not expressed so much through our actions but through our vibrations, our aura. All we have to do is unconditionally love our children and they will learn to love others in the same way. Show them what it means, bring that love to your being. Be that love.
If parents all over the world to practice this, it will only take one generation to to dissipate so much hate, division, cruelty and suffering on our planet. What more can we ask for?

Loving in the Face Of Hate

As I was walking by myself today, I passed by a mother who was standing with her two daughters. The youngest, who was probably around 5 years old, was skipping and singing with the wonderful joy that only a 5 year old has. She very much reminded me of my daughter, who is almost 5 herself. So I immediately felt a sensitivity to this little girl.

After I passed them, she started singing in a made up language that she thought sounded like an Indian language. It was in response to my appearance but I’m not sure how much of it, if any, was to actually mock or insult me.

Her mother and older sister were beside themselves. They apologized and couldn’t believe that just happened. My response was to just turn around, smile, and say “It’s alright”. I felt a tremendous amount of compassion at that moment and I instinctively tried to infuse as much love as possible behind my reply. It just felt like the right thing to do.

Having not been in this situation for so long I never really gave any thought towards how I should respond if something like this happened. In reflection I wish I had said something to the child. I wish I had something prepared in my head to show that I have nothing but good will to her and to anyone who did the same thing.

As a very visible minority, I felt like a response should always be at the ready. Not so much about what exactly should be said, but a response that sends feelings of unconditional forgiving and love. I personally believe this will ultimately be the only way hate is broken, replaced, and when acceptance begins. When my neighbor knows that I will help them, I will hurt for them and I will die for them.

The way I see it, I have been given a wonderful opportunity to show others that I am no different than they are. My appearance alone provokes these opportunity to arise. Simply the way I look, being who I am, has the potential to destroy barriers and that is a powerful fact.

Had I given an aggressive response to her, this little girl’s future behaviour may have changed, but her heart wouldn’t have. It may have even hardened or become bitter. The only way to open a heart, especially a child’s, is through love, compassion and understanding. There is no other way. The state of a persons heart is ultimately the only thing that matters in this world and what will change lives.

I honestly don’t remember the last time an incident like this happened to me. It’s been years and for that I feel grateful. Regardless, life will happen again, and I feel good knowing that next time I will be better prepared.

Love to all.

Love and Joy from Family

One of the best feelings in the world, is the feeling you get when you hug family. When you hug your partner, children, mother, father and siblings. That joy, warmth, stillness, and feeling of immediate connectedness is hard to come by in almost anything else. We connect because we share the same blood. It is this handful of people that are the first to truly and unconditionally love you. When we put down our judgements, egos, annoyances, and petty differences to allow ourselves to connect, and when we work to lift each other up at home, the amount of joy and fulfillment comes from realizing that the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts. It is the first step to understanding that the same connection can exist with others who we do not share the same blood with. This realization will open doors for you for the rest of your life.

Watching My Children Grow

I try to be as concious as possible about my children’s everyday growth and change in behaviour and what they say and do. To see how much they have changed from one day to the next. I always try to remember how different they are today than they were a year ago. How much have they learned, what’s going through their innocent little minds that wasn’t in their head yesterday. These moments are the most precious I’ve ever had in my life. My children have opened up a whole new world for me, one that almost feels spiritual. The birth of a child into a family brings a connection to life and the universe that no other way can. The presence of a being who is not tainted, who’s egos are exposed and bare, who love unconditionally without reason as long as you are there. They are our guides to becoming better human beings. They are aware of our energy and respond accordingly. The more you love unconditionally the more they will love unconditionally, and you will see it. They will show it to you, they will make it obvious. Enjoy every single moment with your children, be as aware as possible of their growth. These moments are fleeting and we must absorb every single moment of innocent they show. It is healing and purifying. Only very rarely will you get this from another human in their adult life stage. Children are natural conduits to a world without conceit and hate. The more you realize that around your own children the more you will resonate with your own purpose, and the doors to personal fulfillment will open that much more. These are the best years of my life.

Religion Division

If your religious teachings are making you feel guilty about the way you are living your life, don’t let it. Rarely ever do you hear sermons about self tolerance, about allowing us to go through our trials, tribulations, experiences in order to grow. Given human nature, this is our primary process that opens the door to living a life of love and peace and becoming more spiritual, or simply living in a more meditative worry free state. There is no Church, Temple, no religion, just life and way of life. Thoughts actions, reactions and consequences. The only question we ever need to ask is what is the reaction to our specific action or thought. If it brings about feelings of content, self fulfillment, peace of mind then do it. If it erradicates worry, tension, fear and anxiety, then do it. If it doesn’t then most likely it will harm you and/or others.

Connect to Spirit Through Awareness

There is nothing more natural and life fulfilling than connecting with your true Being. Our true Being is the very energy which created us. The peace and joy felt from this connection overrides any other feeling that our physical life has to offer. The pathway to this connection is silence, silence of the constant chatter of the mind. Mind silence can be accomplished through holding a moment, as if to be suspended in time, with your awareness. You can hold a moment through awareness of your presence, and awareness of the energy within your body. Simply allowing your awareness to travel to each part of your body will connect you with the energy that runs it. True moments of peace, peace which brings vibrance to your being, occur at the instant your mind ceases it’s persistent thinking. The door opens for the energy of the unseen universe, the energy which created us, to be brought forth to the present, to this world. This is the same energy that sustains us. The energy that allows the miracles within our body to operate, our cells to replicate and for babies to grow within the mother’s womb. All done without our thought, without any effort. There is infinitely more in the unseen universe than the visible world. Life, as we know it, can only truly be understood once we’ve opened the door to the unseen energy of the universe by using the awareness of our presence. Awareness is our sixth sense, the sense which connects us to our Creator.

Moments of Calm and Inspiration

If ever you are feeling calm and relaxed, where you have briefly managed to “not think”, and suddenly an idea or some form of inspiration hits, make sure to write this idea down. The purest of inspirations, of ideas that have weight and that can resonate with others, comes from these moments. At some point in our lives, we will all have this experience. Both the experience of our mind feeling some sense of calm, but also inspiration springing forth from it. Whatever that inspiration is, write it down. This inspiration is almost always creative in nature, as true creativity comes when we tune into the energy which is beyond our mind, our sight and our senses. It might be a poem, and answer to a question that has long been troubling you or a solution to a difficult problem you have been contemplating for sometime. You may suddenly realize and feel the action that you must take in your own life, regardless of what others may think. These ideas many times will not only affect you but possibly countless others. Inspiration derived from a mind at rest, at peace, in its very nature will resonate with others.The idea might also be to start something new, something that will settle your life if you are currently feeling unsettled. If we were to all act on our inspirations, rather than from greed or ego, we would be adding to and slowly building up the undercurrent of creativity that exists all over the world, truly making this world a better place for all.

Contemplating Our Purpose

It is important that at some point we think deeply about why we are here. To simply ask the question “what is the purpose of our existance”. To be able to catch what we’ve been doing and why, to contemplate why do we even exist at all in this universe. Compared to the cosmic timeline, our lives are merely blips on the universal time scale. So what are we here for, if our life is so short, how are we to make the most of this time. Given our very short lifetimes, it does not make sense to believe that our ultimate aim in life is to build wealth, as much wealth as possible or collect as many of the best materialistic possessions as possible. This only serves our egos, to appear superior to our neighbours, to our family and to our friends and enemies. Ultimately, that serves no purpose. It temporarily fulfills our desire, before the next desire comes, before the next void develops that we feel we must fill. It is the endless cycle of want and need. And all of this to what end? It does not help the planet on a whole, in fact material possessions just encourages us to drain our precious natural resources even further. Creating further instability on a planet that is already unstable. No amount of possessions or wealth will help when the planet can no longer sustain us.

Contemplating our purpose of existance will only point in one direction, to become once again aligned with the energy which created us. To be able to stop the persistant chatter in our minds, that we believe is us, and to find our true selves. We are beings of joy, of peace and tranquility. Beings which only want to love and feel love. It is through this revelation that all material desires will cease to exist and will be replaced with an overflowing love for all of beings and the earth itself. Once this is felt in every single cell of your body, only then will you realize your true purpose and incredible significance to the universe.