Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Can You Remember What You Want?
I have a framed quote in my writing room: Discipline is remembering what you want.*
(*By David Campbell. A "Canadian politician," which is all I could find on him.)
Along those same lines, the Dalai Lama is often reminding us that this life, this awakening, this being awake takes "Constant Effort."
"Constant Effort" does not mean "when you are on your zafu/yoga mat" or "when you can" or "when you have time" or "when you think of it."
It means Constant Effort. Constant.
One of my favorite scenes in Kundun is when the young Dalai Lama's father dies and he must go take care of the rituals. His mentor tells him, "Do not be distracted, Kundun."
He says this to a little boy whose father lies dead. A little boy. It is an astonishing segment of the movie.
No distractions. Constant Effort. Remembering.
This is what it takes to be fully present, to live in the now, to be the Constant Becoming that I said is our essence in yesterday's post.
For Wishcasting Wednesday, Jamie asks: What do you wish to Remember?
I wish to remember to remember. I wish to remember what I want.
When I am tempted to skip my yoga or dance time, I wish to remember that these things make me Shiny. I wish to remember that being in my body every day is vital to my emotional health.
When I am tempted to stay on the computer for too long, I wish to remember that breathing in fresh air and watching birds calms my soul.
When I am tempted to not work on my novel, I wish to remember that writing is who I am, that I have many novels to write after this one.
When I am tempted to slip into negativity, I wish to remember the Constant Effort of staying present and grateful.
When I am tempted to react out of Anger, I wish to remember that this is the part of me that is in greatest need of Love.
What are the things that you need to remember if you are to have the life you so deeply desire?
(Photo & Text Copyright: Christine C. Reed, blisschick.net, 2009)