What Has Grabbed your Attention Today?


I had a request from a reader for a simple tip that a beginner on the meditation path could use to understand and experience what it means to observe oneself. I thought a story would illustrate the concept.

A few days ago I left home early for an appointment. It was downtown and I planned to walk there. On my way I noticed there were quite a number of nail salons that have cropped up. Nail art has grown in popularity. I paused for a moment to gaze through a store window …. mmm creativity on such a tiny canvas.

I arrived a few minutes early at the office and while waiting I looked around at the people in the vicinity and noticed many interesting nail designs ranging from the simple to really complex. I smiled with enjoyment. I love to see variety in expressions.

Now this was not exactly an earth shattering experience, how could something so mundane bring me to a greater inner awareness? It begins when I become curious about why nails were catching my attention. What about my nails? Well at some point that morning I broke a nail, eventually the discomfort drew my attention until I discovered what had happened.

I had walked past those same nail salons many times before but they did not come to my attention until there was some personal connection. If I was to delve a little deeper I can say I have an interest in many forms of creativity so that innate tendency combined with my broken nail drew my interest. This is a simple story where it was easy to figure out the personal connection. Often times when the story is more complicated by emotional overtones it takes quite a lot of reflection to discover the personal connection.

The intention of this article is to illustrate the starting point in self exploration. First we need to become aware of what is drawing our attention in the outer world and begin the investigation of our personal connection with it. So the most important question is what has drawn your attention today, and why do you suppose it did? I recommend starting with the more neutral attention grabbers.

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Image courtesy Lassie Maclean

 

 

 

The Way of the Flower


Today I would like to bring your awareness to who  you are and how you influence the world.  We’re all striving to create a better world and one of the best ways of doing it is simply the way a beautiful little flower influences its environment.  If you think of why you are drawn to a little flower in a garden,  you’re attracted to its fragrance and its beauty.  A flower doesn’t say anything to you directly, yet it draws everyone to its beauty and it can transform its environment.  Its mere presence changes the environment.  If you take the lesson of a simple flower, you can see  how you can be a positive influence on your environment without saying anything.  Sometimes too much speech is unnecessary. When you keep on saying the same things, people don’t hear it anymore,  they automatically tune out.  Through the fragrance and the beauty of your divine Self, can you influence the environment in a very positive way?

Take responsibility by observing your actions

It calls for being the Witness, the observer in every moment.  Can you be watchful today and see how you are influencing your environment by what you think, what you say and what you do?  That’s a way of taking responsibility for our environment, our world.  

Sometimes we just do as we feel.  Sometimes in our weakness, we do things that create disharmony and conflict around us.  Sometimes we want to teach lessons to those around us and we take the way of force and fear and creating pressure.   Can we think of a gentle way?   Can we think of a very powerful and effective way just as a flower influences its environment by its being?  Can we manifest what we would like to see around us?  Can we be the example?

 If we love to see silence, can we be powerfully silent,  lovingly silent, unaffected by anything around us and unaffected by anyone?  Can our silence be so powerful that those around us will be drawn into silence, automatically?  Can you see the power of it?  Can you work in your environment in such a way, that people can’t help but are drawn in to look at you:  “How marvelously she works!  How in the moment she is!  How spontaneous is her smile!  How kind is her look!  How gentle are her words!”  Can we do that?  Can our silence, our beautiful actions, our wonderful thoughts be so apparent in its beauty that people can’t help but be attentive to and experience a transforming effect?  Can your kindness be so felt that people can’t help but notice it?  Not that you want them to notice, but it’s so beautiful to look at, to observe.  

This is a way that we can really transform our world, not in the preaching of many words, not in creating guilt and pressure because of what we want to see in others.   We can become the beautiful example, so powerful in our expressions that they begin to see the beauty of what we’re doing and automatically begin to be influenced by it.  That’s the way of the flower.  That’s how the flower transforms its environment.  

May your peacefulness, your love, your silence, your kindness, your compassion be so resonant today that we can’t help but notice it and be transformed by it.  Sri Vasudeva

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Freedom Is the Goal


Unconditional loving, no boundaries, non-judgemental thinking, present moment awareness, harmonizing with every level of being. Inner peace …. acceptance at every level.

“To live in limitless being is my goal. I seek to be free.”  Sri Vasudeva

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In This Moment Is My Consciousness Contracted or Expanded?


Expanding the consciousness gives the possibility of hope in the human experience. Just knowing that all is possible gives hope. We have a consciousness that can hold itself in limitation, or can expand itself infinitely; to dream of whatever we want to, to create whatever we want to in our consciousness and to bring it into manifestation. Sri Vasudeva

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Be Open and Flexible to More Points of View


The intellect can help you very much, but you need to be able to let go of the old and be open to the new. You need to say, “Maybe the way I am seeing is only one way. Maybe there are other ways of seeing the same situation.” So when you tell yourself this, you become more open. When you see another point of view, don’t jump up and say, “Ah! Now I see it” and you hold to the next point of view and limit yourself. Can you continue, “This is another point of view, and maybe there is another, and yet another.” You need to have the flexibility of seeing many points of view. This is very exciting for me!

If I have a problem to solve and I am seeing it in a particular way, I may be very convinced in my way but I am careful not to hold this view of the situation as the only view because I am humble; the universe is so vast that I become humble in this space. I want to know more, to see more points of view so I begin to talk to others, “What do you think about this?” Then I see the way they look at the world and I get new ideas and new ways of seeing. That’s exciting. Sri Vasudeva

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Let Us Seek Our Greatness


Today as we greet a new day, can we feel a sense of rebirth and renewal as though we’ve taken a bath inside, as though we’ve washed away all the past, as though the future is to be a gift that we can look forward to.  Can we see today as a day of rebirth and renewal?  Can we feel that the time we have spent in meditation and chanting, created a renewal within?  Do we feel clean inside?  Do we feel lifted inside?

In this moment we are a pure being.  In this moment we are sacred, as in every moment.  We are more than a mortal being.  Can you feel that?  Can you carry this spirit throughout the day — that you are a pure being.  In truth nothing can contaminate you, but you allow it to.  You allow thoughts in your mind, you allow feelings and ideas to limit you, to create fear and guilt and depression within you…but you are free in every moment.  You are born of freedom!  You are born of divinity in every moment!  Can you remind yourself of that?  That “I was born of spirit.  I exist in spirit.” Sri Vasudevafrangipani-macro-ladybug.jpg

When Putting Yourself First Is Important


You have come into the world for your own liberation, not for anybody else’s but your own.  When I was quite young, I was reading a book and this idea became crystal clear in my mind.  The book said we come to the world for our own realization.  Every situation that we are placed in is an opportunity for us to work out our own freedom.

Sometimes we can get caught up and think that we are helping other people.  But can we see differently that people are placed so that we may have an opportunity that we may become selfless, that we become free.  Sometimes we are more focused on “I’m helping the world and that’s my purpose to free and to lift people around me.”  But we have to consider first, am I fully lifted?

All the experiences whatever they might be,  it’s really for us.  It gives us the opportunity to lift ourselves and helps us grow.  So everything that happens around us, every opportunity to serve, to help to give, is really an opportunity for us, not the other person, it’s for us to become more and more free.  Sri Vasudeva

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Can You Feel Your Divinity Today?


You are born of freedom.  You are born of divinity in every moment. Sri Vasudeva

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Challenges Are Tests, That Are Also Opportunities


Love is a marvellous path. Be aware that you will be tested when you begin to love and express it. When you are tested see that it is a test. When you choose to love unconditionally, whether it is in the workplace, home or in relationships, then the tests come. Strive to pass them! Continue to use love. You will see what happens if you do. But when challenged and you move away from love, you go into the pitfall of the limited ego and to the experience of pain.

Remember that adversity is your friend, challenges are your opportunities. Begin to learn to love without condition and welcome all the challenges that come to you. Know that life is teaching you through these. Sri Vasudeva

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Don’t let a day pass by without discovering something new about yourself


Each day look for something new in your awareness.   There must be something that is new during your day.  To just eat and sleep and to exist in the routine activities is not the way of wisdom.  Sri VasudevaPine_bark_tecpan_guatemala.JPG

Divine Beings Are Models To Show Us The Way


Love is a wonderful path! If you want to become unconditionally loving, and you want to experience this field of limitless love, be inspired by those human beings who show that kind of love, then you know it is attainable! If you associate with those who selflessly love and are unconditionally loving, you begin to feel it within you in a natural way, then you begin to feel its possibility and its power.

We say that God is love because love is such a beautiful energy. Love brings unity, it brings harmony and inspiration. When love comes into your field, it is a marvellous energy that enters in. It makes you want to give, to share. It challenges your boundaries and it opens you up to new possibilities.

In the way of the heart we begin by creating an image of love that drives us – the love of God, the love of a Divine being. We begin to hold images of love in our mind to motivate and inspire us. It may seem to be a conditional loving because we are only loving a divine image or divine expression, but that’s only so in the beginning. Sri Vasudeva

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Challenges Are The Doorway To Growth


See how the Divine beings who come into this world display love? You may remember Christ on the cross saying, ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.’ He felt the entire humanity as being part of him.

When people are negative towards me, my immediate response is compassion because I think what limitation they are living in, what pain they are going through in being negative towards me and I feel forgiving. How can I want to destroy what is a part of me? Can you see the challenges of the world that strive to move you away from love, and grow through them? That is the lesson that is before you. That is your doorway to growth! All the challenges around you that try to make your love disappear, create your opportunities for spiritual growth. Sri Vasudeva

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The Challenge Is To Expand Your Vision 


It is easy to love those who love you, but the real challenge is to love those who challenge you, love those who disturb you, who annoy you, then you will begin to know what is unconditional loving. To love someone who is angry with you and who takes advantage of you, you have to see them differently. You really have to think about the divine within them. It challenges you to expand your horizon of seeing. When you begin to see another human being as yourself or as a part of your being, created like you, having an awareness like yours then the feeling of love flows naturally. Sri Vasudeva

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Unconditional Love can Protect and Sustain You


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If we pursue love more, if we break beyond the limitations, can you imagine what the love will be? Some people think that they give their power away and become weaker when they love like that, but that’s not true. When you love beyond condition, when you love in every situation you enter a field that protects and sustains you. You move into a field that is healing and revitalizing. We need to fearlessly break the limitations of conditional loving. Sri Vasudeva

Shine Through Your Unique Personality


When you wake up to a new day, how much do you do in really charging yourself up at every level? You need to come into that deeper centre of love and excitement and desire to engage in the play in a very powerful way the moment you wake up in the morning, and to centre yourself where your strength is. Sri Vasudevalotus-flower-water-1024x645.jpg

I want to remember You, O my Divine Self


voda-cvety-kamni-cvetok-lotosa.jpgI want to remember You in every moment. Hold me in Your love. Nourish me. Guide me to the light. Remove the darkness within me. I seek to be fully united with You in this play, that I may transcend the duality in my consciousness, and that I may fully engage in the play as a play. To You O my Supreme Self, I fully bow, offering the all that I am to the all that You are.

Om peace, peace, peace… Sri Vasudeva

 

The Universe Extends Support in Myriads of Ways


I constantly see how my universe is supporting me. When a day becomes challenging, I see how it is bringing support. When there is a need somewhere, I see how it engages me to help to fulfill that need. When I need some wisdom and I open my mind, I see how it sends it to me in different ways. When I go into my mind and I clear my field, I can see how it is placing thoughts in my mind. And I constantly search for what it is trying to say to me. If there is a challenge in the space, and I may not have in the moment all the views, I open my mind and I listen. I listen, I listen, I may create some thoughts there for prompting, and I listen.

I listen, I listen, and I wait, patiently, and the ideas come. It may happen when I am eating, it may happen when I am sitting silently, it may happen when I am in the shower, it may happen while I am walking, but it is going to come! This is my amazing and supportive universe. I need to be aware, I need to listen, and I will see how a whole universe is communicating to me, with me, and guiding me back to that place of freedom, and to the experience of all of me. Sri Vasudeva

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If You Think You Know, How Will You Learn?


12241323_1237475279612099_5840389905898325002_n.jpgWe are connected to all the minds in the Universe wherever they are and we can pick up information but we have to be receptive. We have to tune into the frequency and we need the language to interpret. So once we are receptive, once we have the language in our consciousness, wow, these thoughts will come.
 
It requires an openness of the mind because if you think you know, how are you going to learn? With me, even if I think I know something, I know I really do not know because the Universe has infinite views so why should I be so proud that I know two or three or even four or even a million? That is the Universe, infinite views.
 
So always, the very safe space to be is to think that you do not know. In fact there is a saying that “he who knows that he knows not, really knows. And he who thinks he knows, knows not”. Remember that. He who knows that he knows not, really knows. And he who thinks he knows, knows not. So be wise. That is how we become intuitive. Sri Vasudeva

I Celebrate Every Day


It is a new day and another opportunity to engage in the karmic play in higher consciousness.  When you can see everything from that space, you see the perfection of the play, you accept the players and you use all the experience of the play itself to grow in consciousness. The play is perfect: all the challengers, all the friends, all the partners, if only we have the eyes to see it. Everything that we need to grow is right before us, so the goal would be to see all the opportunities that are there in every day.

It does not matter what the condition of the body is, it does not matter what the condition of the space is; I celebrate every day, simply because of higher consciousness. The weather conditions may not be right, astrological conditions may not be right, social conditions may not be right, there are so many things to be desired. But one thing is right; that I could be centred in my Higher Self, an Immortal Self, totally in present moment, totally in all possibilities. That is one thing that is right. Sri VasudevaUnknown.jpeg