Many people are living their lives expecting to eventually enter the gates of heaven, paradise or reach Nirvana but only some of them realize that these places already exist in our worlds. Now I’m not saying that there isn’t some beautiful place at the end of our lives that we arrive at but I’m still a skeptical about it. What I’m saying is that there is so much more paradise in our lives that can lie outside of our everyday awareness. I find mine in simple moments like meditating, hiking, eating a grand meal, swimming or just being with people who I love.
It’s really easy to find simple Nirvana in your lives. You just have to open your awareness and you’ll find them more and more.
Here’s episode # 3 or Chrystal Kubis and me discussing and how we overcome tricky situations with gusto and humor!
Here’s Chrystal Kubis and I with our “pilot episode” of our show “The Fork & The Flame”. Our purpose is to help people find as much happiness, inner-peace, humor and strength as possible in their lives. In addition, we also want to help people find the freedom to find their joy and remove their internal and external barriers.
My friend Chrystal Kubis and I were having one of our deep discussions about inner wisdom and how we came by ours. I told her that I thought mine came from the reservoir of knowledge that we all have deep inside of us that can be drawn upon. For us Buddhists, that would be our inner Buddha which merely means that we all have the capacity and potential to become a Buddha or an enlightened being. Then I made a crack about how I thought that channelers were a bit daft after I saw that she had Abraham Hicks (http://www.abraham-hicks.com/lawofattractionsource/index.php) on her Ipod and that I had doubts as to the validity of a woman channeling some guru’s soul.
Well, Chrystal got me on this one because she said she had been a skeptic about the more “woo woo” type of things like channelers and that from what she had seen, she was now a believer. I realized that even though I consider myself very left and open-minded, that I can still open my mind and perception further; my inner scientist often needs more rational proof of metaphysical and supernatural events and like many skeptics, I need pushing. Yup, I can be judgmental folks and sometimes it takes my friends to stop me and help me realize that there is still so much mystery out there in the world and we know so little. Damn the skeptical circuits, set engines to full open mind and go full speed ahead.
If you want to see Chrystal and myself talking about some great stuff as “The Fork & The Flame” on YouTube, here’s our link for now. yup it’s long and future ones will be shorter but enjoy. it’s very engaging!
His body indeed grows old but his wisdom does not grow.
I have gone round in vain the cycles of many lives ever striving to find the builder of the house of life and death.
How great is the sorrow of life that must die!
But now I have seen thee, housebuilder: never more shalt thou built this house.
The rafters of sins are broken, the ridge-pole of ignorance is destroyed.
The fever of craving is past: for my mortal mind is gone to the joy of the immortal NIRVANA
- The following excerpts are taken from the book The Dhammapada translated by Juan Mascaro published by Penguin Books
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