There once was a farmer who discovered that he had lost his watch in the barn. It was no ordinary watch because it had sentimental value for him. After searching high and low among the hay for a long while; he gave up and enlisted the help of a group of children playing outside the barn. He promised them that the person who found it would be rewarded. Hearing this, the children hurried inside the barn, went through and around the entire stack of hay but still could not find the watch. Just when the farmer was about to give up looking for his watch, a little boy went up to him and asked to be given another chance. The farmer looked at him and thought, “Why not? After all, this kid looks sincere enough.” So the farmer sent the little boy back in the barn. After a while the little boy came out with the watch in his hand! The farmer was both happy and surprised and so he asked the boy how he succeeded where the rest had failed. The boy replied, “I did nothing but sit on the ground and listen. In the silence, I heard the ticking of the watch and just looked for it in that direction. You can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own. And sometimes it is a really good answer. Listen carefully because there is hidden meaning and accuracy in the silence and remember, the quieter you become, the more you can hear. If you are Quiet there is Peace in your mind and you will find Peace with everybody. If your mind is agitated you will find agitation everywhere. So first find Peace Within and you will see this Inner Peace reflected everywhere else. You are This Peace! You are Happiness, find out. Where else will you find Peace if not within. The path of the heart takes you out of the mind…..Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak. Put your ear down next to your soul and listen hard.
Hopefully this is more inspiring than discouraging, but you need to realize that your practice never ends. It is ongoing. Over and over again you will become attached to things and get caught up in your stuff. This won't stop. It's a practice. Just keep practicing. That's the practice. Keep showing up. Keep practicing. It doesn't end because one day you feel like you are connected to the moment and have found gratitude. The moment you start congratulating yourself and celebrating your success is the moment you lose the connection. Go with the flow. The dance back and forth is ongoing. Enjoy the dance. If you were connected all the time you probably wouldn't do anything. You wouldn't be living and breathing and interacting with people and moving through the world. You have an Ego for a reason and your Ego is helping you maintain healthy boundaries and create an identity for yourself in this life. Feeling your feelings is healthy. Let them come up. Don't push them down. When you feel you are attaching to something practice letting it go. Use the tools of the practice. They're not hypothetical. They are practical. Practice. Don't just read about how to practice. Practice! When you practice letting go of the Ego you get wonderful glimpses of the possibility of union and connection. This is a wonderful experience but it's not sustainable. Enjoy it while it lasts. Swim in it. Bathe in it. Breathe into it. Know that it won't last. You still have to do the laundry. You still have get up off your mat and head to work. You still have to wash the dishes. The world and all of your responsibilities don't suddenly disappear because you found a moment of connection. You have to ride the wave. Dance. Embrace it all. Try to remain detached but know that at times you're going to become attached. If you get attached to something don't worry about it. It happens. Change is not only inevitable, but always happening. When you truly embrace this concept of change being constant, the only thing left to do is grow, detach, venture inwards, touch the spirit and find your source — the one responsible for keeping you grounded through the ever-changing seasons of life. Your life is a sacred journey. It is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path… exactly where you are meant to be right now… And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, and of love.
Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise man, gathering it little by little, fills himself with good. Buddha Here are 2 examples of excellence by testing our limitations and dedicating ourselves to our aspirations: A sous-chef with dreams of her own restaurant empire may have mastered the art of classical French sauce making, but not yet have developed the signature cooking style she imagines as the cornerstone of her own chain of restaurants. She gauges her progress not only by whether she is moving toward her aspirations, but also by her improving skills. Our chef may not yet have the stature of famous chefs such as Emeril Lagasse, but she can remember a time when she could not name the five French mother sauces, let alone execute them. She's made progress. Appreciating the skills she has developed is a marker along the path toward her culinary aspirations. The sense of accomplishment that accompanies improved skills is one of the rewards we reap when we dedicate ourselves to mastery. The surgical resident interested in learning trauma will bypass a residency at a quiet community hospital for a residency at a fast-paced Level 1 trauma center treating a high volume of trauma patients. A Level 1 trauma center residency is far more rigorous—and not particularly glamorous—but the intensive culture of a dedicated trauma center will cultivate the decisive judgment and action required of a surgeon specializing in trauma. By choice or by chance, we must actively test our limits to know our capabilities. Excellence is a function of practice and time. It is a result of caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical and expecting more than others think is possible. Don't rush. Those of us who are always pushing and running hard up the mountain, may reach the top first only to realize we forgot to enjoy the climb.