Today we take a look at Mahatma Ghandi. We have referred to Ghandi several times in the last few months. Now we will take a closer look at some of his ideas that have become important to me.
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A few ideas from Mahatma Ghandi that are important to me
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” This idea has grown on me over the years. When I first heard this idea I was in a place that I could not imagine changing myself. I thought that I was what I was and that I could do nothing to change that.
As I travelled my path I gradually realized that I was able to change myself. I began to see things in my false self that were getting in the way of my happiness. I learned to change their control over me and found more of my own true happiness.
As I learned to find my internal happiness I realized how unhappy so many people are. I realized that I could help them, but that I needed to be the example. It was “walk the walk and talk the talk.” If I wanted to see a change for true happiness in the world I had to be doing it for myself.
Since that realization several years ago I realized the importance of being the example. Many times you do not have to say anything – being the example is all that is important. Others see the example and will follow it without you ever having to say a word.
”The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong.” Many years ago when I was acting mostly from false self I had a very hard time forgiving anyone for anything. After all, I had been wronged. How could I forgive anyone for hurting me?
It took many years, but I gradually saw that by not forgiving others I was actually doing great damage to myself. By not forgiving I was keeping tremendous amounts of anger inside of me. This anger would frequently leak out in very self destructive behaviors. I thought I was punishing those who hurt me by blaming them. Eventually I realized that I was only hurting myself.
As I learned to forgive those who I thought were hurting me I learned a lot of other lessons. First, I learned that until I forgave myself I could not forgive anyone else. I learned self forgiveness and self acceptance.
Then I learned that many of my supposed hurts were actually judgments on my part. I began to learn the difference between assessing a situation and judging a situation.
The difference is that a judgment is always an attachment to the way you want to see the situation. An assessment is an open-minded attempt to understand the true nature of the situation without prejudices or attachments. This became an invaluable lesson.
Well that is all for this week. I hope everyone has a great weekend!
Until Monday –
Es kava turen hai
We work towards an identical goal.
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