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The Power Of Now  Part I

THE POWER OF NOW




I cannot live with myself any longer." This was the thought that kept repeating itself in my mind. Then suddenly I became aware of what a peculiar thought it was. `Am I one or two? If I cannot live with myself, there must be two of me: the `I' and the `self' that `I' cannot live with." "Maybe," I thought, "only one of them is real."

I-YOU ARE NOT YOUR MIND ≈ Enlightenment - what is that? 

A beggar had been sitting by the side of a road for over thirty years. One day a stranger walked by. "Spare some change?" mumbled the beggar, mechanically holding out his old baseball cap. "I have nothing to give you," said the stranger. Then he asked: "What's that you are sitting on?" "Nothing," replied the beggar. "Just an old box. I have been sitting on it for as long as I can remember." "Ever looked inside?" asked the stranger. "No," said the beggar. "What's the point? There's nothing in there." "Have a look inside," insisted the stranger. The beggar managed to pry open the lid. With astonishment, disbelief, and elation, he saw that the box was filled with gold.

 I am that stranger who has nothing to give you and who is telling you to look inside. Not inside any box, as in the parable, but somewhere even closer: inside yourself. "But I am not a beggar," I can hear you say.
Those who have not found their true wealth, which is the radiant joy of Being and the deep, unshakable peace that comes with it, are beggars, even if they have great material wealth. They are looking outside for scraps of pleasure or fulfillment, for validation, security, or love, while they have a treasure within that not only includes all those things but is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer.
The word enlightenment conjures up the idea of some super-human accomplishment, and the ego likes to keep it that way, but it is simply your natural state of felt oneness with Being. It is a state of connectedness with something immeasurable and indestructible, something that, almost paradoxically, is essentially you and yet is much greater than you.
It is finding your true nature beyond name and form. The inability to feel this connectedness gives rise to the illusion of separation, from yourself and from the world around you. You then perceive yourself, consciously or unconsciously, as an isolated fragment. Fear arises, and conflict within and without becomes the norm.

I can give you a simple definition of enlightenment as "the end of suffering." There is nothing superhuman in that, is there? Of course, as a definition, it is 13 incomplete. It only tells you what enlightenment is not: no suffering. But what's left when there is no more suffering?

Thinking has become a disease. Disease happens when things get out of balance. For example, there is nothing wrong with cells dividing and multiplying in the body, but when this process continues in disregard of the total organism, cells proliferate and we have disease. Note: The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive.
To put it more accurately, it is not so much that you use your mind wrongly - you usually don't use it at all. It uses you. This is the disease. You believe that you are your mind. This is the delusion. The instrument has taken you over.

 I don't quite agree. It is true that I do a lot of aimless thinking, like most people, but I can still choose to use my mind to get and accomplish things, and I do that all the time. 
Just because you can solve a crossword puzzle or build an App doesn't mean that you use your mind. Just as dogs love to chew bones, the mind loves to get its teeth into problems. That's why it does crossword puzzles and builds Apps .in either. Let me ask you this: can you be free of your mind whenever you want to? Have you found the "off" button?

 You mean stop thinking altogether? No, I can't, except maybe for a moment or two. 
Then the mind is using you. You are unconsciously identified with it, so you don't even know that you are its slave. It's almost as if you were possessed without knowing it, and so you take the possessing entity to be yourself. The beginning of freedom is the realization that you are not the possessing entity - the thinker. Knowing this enables you to observe the entity.
The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated. You then begin to realize that there is a vast realm of intelligence beyond thought, that thought is only a tiny aspect of that intelligence. You also realize that all the things that truly matter - beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace - arise from beyond the mind. You begin to awaken. 

M O R A L


MORAL



Once in a village lived two woodcutter Rohit and Sahil. Every morning they would go out to the forest to cut wood to sell it to a nearby market. They both used to earn enough to survive.
One day while woodcutters were taking a break from there and sat to eat lunch, there one of them noticed a beggar who seemed very thin and exhausted.
As beggar was passing by he noticed them and begged, “I am very hungry, would you care to spare a few bites of food for me?”
Rohit felt pity toward him and quickly looked in his bag for a packet of food he had kept for later but before Rohit could give that to the beggar, Sahil grabbed his hand and pulled him back.
Sahil looked toward beggar and said, “We have no food to spare. We both work hard all day long and have enough food to get us through the day. We can not give you what we are eating.
But if you wish I can lend you my ax and we both will teach you how to cut firewood. Then you can sell it and hope that at end of the day you will have enough money to buy yourself enough food.
This way you can learn to earn a livelihood with dignity and hopefully never have to beg again.”
Beggar felt little disappointed but still joined them. Patiently Sahil taught him how to cut firewood and helped him. At end of the day they went to market.
At first, the beggar had no success in selling those woods and began to get little angry saying, “It would have been much simpler if they had just share little food with me.”
While he was thinking a carriage pulled up before him. A person came down and purchased the whole bunch of woods from him. The beggar was delighted and he proudly went to woodcutters to show them his earning.
Sahil took him to Axe shop and purchased him a brand new ax with a part of the money earned by him. The beggar was happy. He thanked them and headed to an inn to buy some food.
After beggar left Sahil told Rohit, “Had you given the beggar some food, he would have eaten it quickly and would have been again hungry tonight.
By teaching him how to start his own trade in firewood, we have both taught him a skill, which will last him a lifetime. Now he will never go hungry again.”

Moral:
There is an Unknown  saying “Don’t give them fish but teach them how to catch the fish.” 

H A P P I N E S S



HAPINESS


There are four hormones responsible for determining the level of joy in humans:

1.Endorphine
2.Dopamine
3. Sérotonine
4. Oxytocine

First: Endorphine

When we exercise, the body produces this hormone to overcome the sense of pain caused by exercise and this is the reason for the sensation of pleasure in exercise, and laughter 😂 a good way to secrete endorphins.
We need at least 30 minutes a day to see funny and entertaining things or exercise to get our daily dose of endorphins.

Second: Dopamine

In the journey of life each of us performs many tasks, whether big or small. This feeling of achievement causes the dopamine to be produced in varying proportions. Also, when we receive appreciation for any work we have done, and any work that makes us feel proud, the body produce this hormone 😃.

This explains why housewives in most neighborhoods are unhappy and rarely get the proper appreciation and gratitude for the amount of effort they make every day.

Third: Sérotonine

It comes when we benefit others, that is, when we transcend ourselves and be able to give to nature or society, even if sharing useful information with others or write a post on the Internet or answer a person to a question, all of the above makes the body secrete serotonin and thIs cause sensation.

IV: Oxytocine

It is secreted when getting close to people, when shaking hands, when hugging .. And for this reason we should hug to increase this hormone and feel happy again 😄.

Simply put:

🎴 To exercise or laugh every day for Endorphine.

🎴 To make small achievements every day for Dopamine.

🎴 To be beneficial to others for Sérotonine.

🎴 Encourage children or friends and parents to Oxytocine

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