I started to listen to “The Buddha said” from Osho on audible. Sure, I could read buddhist texts directly, please recommend any. I like listening to Osho because he speaks simple and clear.
I also like reminding myself over and over again about the basics of Buddhism.
“Stop desiring material things”
“Desire is misery.
If you desire it means you have moved away from reality.
Desire is isolation.
What you desire is irrelevant.
If you desire, you fall into the trap of a dream.”
Don’t even desire enlightenment
“Religions and most spiritual schools have simply changed the object of desire. They say do not desire material things anymore but desire “God things”.
More “advanced”, more spiritual evolution or recognitions, more levels to pass to become a master and then there is always a better master.
You switch material desire for “paradise” or the “palace of God” on the other side but then you will always wonder if it will happen or not and keep desiring.
There is nowhere to go. Just be here now.
When you understand desire, desire disappears as light comes in a dark room
When you are desire-less you are calm and collected and ego disappears. Desire is being in conflict with the law of nature.
Your being is your actions
Just focus on what you are doing now and do it as best as you can. The painter enjoys the act of painting not if there will be a good result or not. Someone asked Van Gogh “what is your best painting” he said “this one I am painting now”.
How to apply this now
I do things every day. They certainly could be better like a painting could always be better. I do many things that when I look back I should have done differently. It is precisely because I did them that I learned I could have done it differently and would not have otherwise.
“To Avoid Criticism, Say Nothing, Do Nothing, Be Nothing” (unknown author)
Talking about doing…
I am “doing” PAWA in about 10 days. There are many things I could keep thinking should be better but instead I just do everything I can in a short period of time and deliver that. I try to be as present as possible inviting speakers.
3 days left to buy a discount ticket 333 euros instead of 555 to PAWA Paris
Finally, during our community call tomorrow at 18h CET we will have three women who will also speak at Pawa Paris. Nicole Schwab is working on planting 1 trillion trees. Solen Amenarah Mukhande and Lydia Turco Aka have been walking the consciousness and indigenous paths for twenty years, they are both leaders and teachers now even though they are not indigenous.
Zoom link 18h CET on Oct 4th.
Have a great week!
(Buddha photo by Mattia Faloretti)
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