Apply, Apply, Apply

April 1, 2009

I have been going through some interesting experiences during the last few weeks.  I have been putting to use a lot of the concepts that I have been explaining on this site.  Today we look at a few of those concepts.

 

Remembering the lessons

In February we published a post entitled “Ghandi Said to Practice.”  We talked at length about the importance of putting into practice the spiritual teachings that we learn.  I also recounted that my teacher was – and still is – constantly urging me to apply, apply, and apply!

 

Well – I have been doing that intensively for the past few weeks.  I am working on a new venture and keep falling out of the moment.  Many times I am more out of the moment than I am in the moment.

 

Teaching what we need to learn

In our post “We Teach Best What we Need to Learn Most” I talked about how we often are teaching the things that are our most important lessons.  That idea could very well describe my experience of the past few months.

 

As I look back at all of the challenges that I have been facing, I see that I have been writing about them.  Here are some of the recent posts that have become the lessons that I need to be learning right now.

 

I have been forgetting to “Relax and Enjoy the Ride”.  I have gotten too caught up in the issues that I am creating.  At times I have forgotten to enjoy myself despite the apparent challenges.

 

I have also forgotten on occasion that “What We Resist Persists”.  I have been resisting some very old lessons.  Some of these lessons I have been resisting for many years.  I am gradually learning not to resist them.  The habit of resisting is very ingrained.  However, I am gradually learning to let go and allow.

 

It was brought to my attention today that wanting control is keeping me from getting it.  Evidently this was another post that I wrote in an attempt to learn from what I am teaching.

 

Does this mean this stuff doesn’t work?

Not at all.  All it means is that some of us have a lot of stuff to work through.  Remember – it is the journey that is important.  There is no actual destination.  Anything that we perceive as a destination becomes a resting point where we review what we have learned since the last destination.  We then gather ourselves up and start off for the next destination.

 

Another aspect of this is that the farther we go the lessons become much more subtle.  Even though I am working through lessons that I first encountered many years ago, I have a lot more experience with the process.

 

Thirty years ago I had no experience and no tools with which to resolve my issues.  In the intervening years I have gained a great deal of experience and gathered quite a few tools.  I am now able to deal with more difficult and more subtle issues.

 

I have made a lot of progress – but there is always so much more to learn.  I just need to remember to sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.

 

Until tomorrow –

 

Es kava turen hai

We work towards an identical goal.

 

Subscribe

 

Don’t miss any updates.  Get daily posts by email.  Subscribe to this blog by clicking here: SUBSCRIBE

 

This email list is maintained by FeedBurner, a subsidiary of Google.  I hate to receive spam and advertisements in my email.  I will never sell your email address for such purposes.

 

Email

You can email us directly at:  noahnow@yahoo.com

 

Copyright

© Copyright 2009 by KanDu Associates, LLC 

 

The content of this blog is copyrighted by KanDu Associates.  All rights are reserved by the owner.  For reprint information please email:

 

noahnow@yahoo.com

 

Advertisements

Relax and Enjoy the Ride

March 25, 2009

I have been pushing against the river recently.  I have forgotten, at times, that I should be flowing with it.  Today we look at one of the most important things in life – to learn to relax and enjoy the ride.

 

No drifting allowed

I have had many discussions with people regarding the best way to flow with the river.  These discussions usually wind up examining whether we should relax and make no effort.  Then we let the river just take us wherever we need to go.  This is drifting with the flow of the river.

 

My view is that the river is there to help us get where we need to go.  While we are always within the flow of the river we can still determine where we want to go.  If we want to stop at an island in the middle of the stream then we chart a course and make for that island.  The river is still moving us, but we are moving ourselves with in the flow.

 

If we were to just drift with the river, we may never get to that island.  The river would take us near it – but unless it took us directly to the island we could not stop there.

 

The same goes for other features of the river.  Many rivers have backwaters that are stagnant.  If we should drift into them we could waste a lot of time waiting to get out.  When we realize that we can get ourselves out – then we have more control of our destiny.  Drifting just gets us marooned in the backwaters.

 

Many rivers have snags, shoals, rocks, and other hazards.  If we just drift with the river then we have no control over these either.  If the river takes us towards a shoal we have no way to prevent being beached.  Nor could we avoid a snag or rock if those are the hazards.  Once again, drifting with the river can just get us in trouble.

 

Chart your course

The next time you are tempted to drift with the river, please reconsider.  Recognize that you can chart your own course that will avoid the backwaters and shoals.  Choose what you want in life and go for it – the river will help you.  Your choices become the final piece to achieving your goals.

 

I almost forgot – remember to relax and enjoy the ride.  Accept the flow of the river.  Set your course within that flow.  Then relax and enjoy the ride.  You will be amazed at how much fun it can be when you realize that the ride is what is important.

 

The stopping points on the river are interesting – but the real fun is in learning to get between those stopping points successfully.  The fun is in the journey – so relax and enjoy the ride.

 

Until tomorrow –

 

Es kava turen hai

We work towards an identical goal.

 

Subscribe

 

Don’t miss any updates.  Get daily posts by email.  Subscribe to this blog by clicking here: SUBSCRIBE

 

This email list is maintained by FeedBurner, a subsidiary of Google.  I hate to receive spam and advertisements in my email.  I will never sell your email address for such purposes.

 

Email

You can email us directly at:  noahnow@yahoo.com

 

Copyright

© Copyright 2009 by KanDu Associates, LLC 

 

The content of this blog is copyrighted by KanDu Associates.  All rights are reserved by the owner.  For reprint information please email:

 

noahnow@yahoo.com