“In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away” – Shing Xiong

Sunday, June 8, 2014

George Bernard Shaw said:

"Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."

One of the truly amusing twists Mara threw into the pot was the concept of No Self. This has engaged and entertained possibly millions for a long time. Of course there is a self, of course it is not concrete, permanent, or "real," because the self is purely illusion, but it is with most of us for life.

Dropping the stories that make us who we are can be a relief. Nature abhors a void though so this can be counter-productive, we can however substitute and practice fluidity, flexibility in our definition of self with great benefits.

Creating the self is something anyone can do because we all have imagination. Many people say they have no imagination but they have fear - can't have fear without imagination.  Choosing who we want to be and embodying that image is not so far out as it sounds. As a practice it gives us space and energy by supporting the illusion that it is a game, a choice, worthy and enjoyable. This is similar to empowerment, develop a clear image of the being you wish you were and then begin to act as if you were. It takes time, is gradual, can be temporary or all consuming, part time or 24/7. What else have you got to do? Could you do those things better if you were someone else? If you had more energy, more confidence, more clarity? Do some research and start to do what you want to do. Keep the fundamentals of generosity compassion and wisdom and you can't go wrong. Play - laugh, have fun, enjoy.

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