Jun 21, 2016 Rely on nobody and on nothing, but delight in wonders
Life tempts us to try to hold onto living, people, situations, property and things. However, we enter and leave this world alone. From the moment of our birth, we are coming closer to our own death. In between, we experience highs and lows, the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, gains and losses, and new and transitioned friendships.
We achieve more satisfaction and success with life when we engage fully with life but do not try to hold onto anyone or anything, no more than a river tries to hold onto anything. The river instead takes the path of nature. This is the way of non-duality/non-attachment.
In the end, each of us is our only anchor in life. That is a realistic rather than cynical view, which helps liberate us from duality and delusion, and frees us to do great things and to inspire others to do the same, without anyone feeling bogged down by anybody else trying to hold onto them or even drag them down.
I experience again and again that when I approach the day with gratitude, generosity, and a focus on service — rather than any self-centered approach — all sorts of magic can happen in terms of achieving, persuading others and getting things done.
Teacher Thubten Chodron excellently underlines that we do not find long term satisfaction in samsara — the (possibly constantly repeated) cycle of birth to death — but by trancending that cycle.And once that cycle is transcended, nothing holds us back from achieving great things.
The foregoing lessons are critical on my path of persuasion for my clients.