Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there… to serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson or help you figure out who you are or who you want to become. You never know who these people may be but when you lock eyes with them, you know that they will affect your life in some profound way. And sometimes things happen to you at the time that may seem horrible, painful and unfair, but in reflection you realize your potential, strength, will power or heart. Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of good luck. Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul. Without these small tests, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere. Safe and comfortable but dull and utterly pointless. The people you meet affect your life. The successes and downfalls that you experience can create who you are, and the back experiences can be learned from. In fact, they are probably the most poignant and important ones. If someone hurts you, betrays you or breaks your heart, forgive them because they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious to whom you open your heart to. If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because they are teaching you to love and open your heart and eyes to little things. Make every day count. Appreciate every moment and take from it everything that you possibly can, for you may never be able to experience it again. Talk to people you have never talked to before, and actually listen. Let yourself fall in love, break free and set your sights hight. Hold your head up because you have every right to. Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself, for if you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will believe in you. Create your own life and then go out and live it.
These are not my words but they are great words and I thought to share them with you tonight.
Peace and love,
The Zenful Blogger
Mantra: My life is what I make of it. I will stay focused on my path and not lose sight of my goals. I will love myself and others. I will be kind to all living things and I will stand up for others who cannot stand up for themselves. Happiness and great health makes for successful living and I am blessed with both.
The Zenful Blogger
Hey Zenful Dancers!
In an effort to keep things fresh and new around here I thought I should reach out and ask YOU what topics you’d like to see discussed here on The Zenful Blogger. When I put myself out there things start to happen (a topic I’ve recently blogged about!), but I’d love to hear from you too! Sometimes you gotta be vulnerable to grow.
The theme of this 365-Day project is Happy & Healthy, a somewhat fun (albeit potentially vague) topic. So I’d love to hear some of your thoughts on the subject.
-What would you like to hear more of?
-Are there any prior posts I’ve written you’d like to see expanded on?
Thanks in advance for the feedback!
P.S. For all you NYC Zenful Dancers, stay tuned for the next (February) NYC Zenful Dance Meetup announcement!
When I was a little girl, my parents and my best friend’s parents used to ask all of us kids at the dinner table the same two questions “Who are you? When you say “I”, who is that?” We all had very little idea of what they were talking about (we were only 3,4 and 5 years old!) but as I grew older and became a student of Buddhism, I learned that the person I refer to as “I” has many layers. Layers upon layers of decisions that I created of who “I” should be, how “I” should act, rules of how “I” should live my life based on other people’s rules of how they thought they should live theirs, and how “I” should relate to others. But what happens when I peel away all the layers? Who am I then?
What does it mean to be the most basic, authentic form of myself? What does that look like? Is there even a way to act? No acting, just being. Right? And how do “I” function in this world just being me? If I’ve created all these layers, I think that means I have the power to take them away or even create new ones if I choose. That’s some pretty wild stuff.
Who are you?