I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.
Leonardo da Vinci
This is from a book of teachings that I like to read regularly. I felt it followed on nicely from my last post so I would like to share it with you here.
If you surrender to your heart
You will find the esoteric connection
Which binds us all as one.
Here you will discover the home
You have walked a thousand paths to find.
“When people speak badly about you, you should respond in this way:
Keep a steady heart and do not reply with harsh words. Practice letting go of resentment, and accept that another’s hostility is the spur to your understanding. Be kind, adopt a generous standpoint, treat your enemy as a friend, and suffuse your world with affectionate thoughts, far-reaching and widespread, limitless and free from hate.” ~ Buddha
Christmas is such a special time of year, families and people come together; sharing time, food, gifts and each other. Strangers wish each other Merry Christmas when they pass in the street or the shops. People feel more open, connected and generally more upbeat. There is a tangible sense of optimism and also relief at having made it through the year as now we can take a break, let off some steam and celebrate the holidays.
Christmas is the season of joy, love and goodwill to all men.
However, the qualities of Christmas and the essence of it will not be found in the boxes and gifts under the tree, in the parties we throw or the food and drink we consume but in the love that we put into those things.
The essence of Christmas is found in the heart shaped box in the centre of your chest and the biggest gift you could give this year would be to unwrap it and allow the joy, love and goodwill that is naturally there to be shared and celebrated not just on Christmas Day but everyday.
The funny thing about truth is it is not something we can be taught or something we can learn. The funny thing about truth is we can only know it.
Truth Is not what we think but what we feel.
Truth is not based on what others think or what we are told. Truth is a knowing within us. It is not about believing, proving or refuting, although sometimes it may feel like that is required.
I still cannot say I could prove anything with words or explanation, but I know how truth feels and this feeling has guided most of my life. This feeling is something I am willing to trust and standby.
I also know how it feels when I intentionally do not want to be guided by truth and choose otherwise. I can tell you right now it doesn’t feel nice and usually leaves me in a sticky situation.
Truth for me is something I learn through life experience itself. Truth for me is the same as love – something solid, reliable, known and felt in my heart.
If we want to be successful in life, we need to make life about people. Not money, systems, politics, personal agenda but people. We need to understand people and embrace them for who they are.
Inside we are all the same. We all have hopes and dreams. We all want happiness, security and most of all LOVE.
Every person you meet today is just like you. Every person is unique and amazing and deserves to be treated that way. Some may hide behind intelligence, emotions, hardness or coldness and appear difficult to reach but deep inside every person beats a heart of gold, bursting to connect and express love.
We are all capable of great love.
When you open yourself to people you open yourself to love.
When we make life about people; systems and policies serve the people, not only the company, politicians and money makers.
Life becomes about love. Love that commands honesty, respect and integrity and allows understanding, compassion and deep care for all.
If you embrace people, accept them as they are, see their enormous potential and show genuine interest people feel cared for and understood. People are drawn to you because they feel that you recognise them for who they are. Life becomes richer, more open and full of opportunity.
You can’t pretend to make life about people. You can’t pretend to be open, caring and loving. You need to live it.
Science devoid of the heart and only from the mind will produce results that are potentially false or misleading. Results can easily be produced that support the sponsors wishes and are not necessarily the truth. Statistics can be manipulated and the experiments themselves be skewed to show a differing outcome.
Science gets manipulated to provide suitable truths that keep us from questioning the way it is.
But what if science incorporated the heart as well as the mind?
Science that comes from love will always seek to serve mankind. It will ask the pertinent questions and leave no stone unturned in its quest to reveal the truth. It will always aim to unite humanity and lead to a truth that is there equally for one and all.
Science that includes love will ask far reaching questions. Questions about God, love, energy and Universal laws.
People like what science gives them, but not the questions science asks.
The questions that ask us to look at how we are living and what we are doing to ourselves. The questions that ask us to accept that we are responsible for our own conditions, relationships, emotions and health. The questions that ask us to consider that what we experience in life is a result of the choices we make. The questions that ask the meaning of life, where we come from, why are we here…..
But until science marries the intellect with love we will continue to wait for it to truly ask these deep and exposing questions.
To evolve as a human race, it is time WE started asking questions of science, rather than accepting everything we are spoon-fed without question because it suits us to remain blinkered, irresponsible and comfortable.