The purpose of life is to discover your gift.
The work of life is to develop it.
The meaning of life is to give your gift away. - David Viscott
My teacher once asked, "If you have the means to find out the truth and mystery of life, would you not do everything in your power to understand what that is?"
"What's the point?" I replied. "Life feels like a giant purposeless game that I have no recollection after, if there is an 'after' ". That was me in 2013.
Even if there is a point; even if one believes in reincarnation and karma, most enter this world in an amnesiac state. One has to come to the realization that he or she is in a game. A game which you are given no instructions of what the real rules are; And the only way out seems to be suffering through the illusions of duality. There is no way around it, only through it. Or so it seems.
Much has changed since. Perhaps it is true that right teachings come to you when one is ready. Through a bombardment of healing practices that invaded my outer world, my inner world slowly transformed from one of quiet, diabolical cynicism to one that stems from hope. Not a steady state of hope, but something enough to change my perception of life. It has been four years since I consciously started on inner work, and I am just starting to see how this inner work bleeds into my outer world. One of the first steps into my inner world is looking at life through the lens of satisfaction. Sounds un-glamorous and trivial doesn't it? Oddly, it is one of the easiest way to bring my attention to the body, away from my monkey mind.
On Satisfaction & Fulfillment
Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. - Steve Jobs
While you might expect someone like Dalai Lama or Eckhart Tolle to say this, the power of this quote comes from the ability of a highly rationalistic geek talking about heart and intuition. He is not one whom we expect to hear about feeling. We live in a paradoxical culture that promotes external desire, at the same time shunning desire itself. In fact, the desire for enlightenment, to end suffering starts with desire. Desire is a natural state that creates. It is the source of creation. The problem comes neither from desiring nor the actions taken to fulfill the desire. What matters is the motivation of desire. Chasing a displaced sense of satisfaction through the material world is built to fail. Relationships built on fear, insecurity are volatile and unreliable. Relationships built on unconditional generosity and care are resilient and lasting.
The Importance of Being Self-ish
Self-care is not some weekend feel-good routine that supplements life. It is the foundation of systemic change, and I have come to experience it as an integral part of my professional practice in regenerative design. For how can one heal others if we play the blame game, perpetuating our inability to take responsibility of your own suffering? How can one promote peace without developing empathy and compassion in oneself? These are not intellectual ideas that could be implanted and disseminated. Perhaps you can fake it till you make it. My father once said, " You can lie to the whole world. But you cannot lie to yourself." At the end of the day, however, these are heartfelt qualities that can only be emanated if one genuinely experiences them. It is only from this place that unconditional care can be cultivated. It is only from this space that external actions have the potential of true healing.
Plan "Be" - The Source of Renewable Energy
In my Vipassana meditation practice, I have the fortuity to experience inexplicable bliss through un-doing, the ultimate Plan "Be". I feel inept trying to describe this experience with words. Any form of text would negate and dumb-down the experience. But I will try anyways. Not for you to understand, but for me to remember. Unless I live a monastic life of long periods of dedicated practice, this bliss-mode does not "stick". Yet the knowing that such bliss exists within is in itself a life-changing, exceptional memory. It is not an idea, but an overwhelming feeling of wholeness. A state of being so complete that you need nothing else to pursue happiness. Happiness becomes you and the engine through which the will of healing could regenerate itself. One literally becomes an internal engine for renewable energy. A state which I felt to be so powerful that I know human-kind would be incapable of violence if all of us could access this state of peace and bliss.
Personally, this is the single most powerful state of being that conceived Terra Cura in 2014. As such, I have come to respect the strength, fortitude, the steadiness of being that inner work brings, an essential part of any professional work, especially if you are an entrepreneur. You cannot live on passion forever unless you learn how to recharge your will and energy. Bottom line - if everyone takes care of their own trash, the whole world will be clean in no time.