Half-life is the time required for a quantity to reduce to half its initial value.
Imagine taking a banana and cutting it in half. And in half again. And in half again and so on until you are left with invisible to you banana molecules. That is when the banana is “gone”. How long does it take for our feelings to be gone?
Are they real? Are they physical? How long should we keep them around? If we stop looking at them do they disappear? Do we carry them on a pedestal or inside of a garbage bag?
For some of us the half-life of bad feelings is so long that they never seem to go away. For others the half-life is non-existent. The bad feelings come but don’t stay very long. For some of us same goes for good feelings.
What is the nature of those feelings?
Our teachers who we love deeply in our hearts aren’t there for us to put them in our pocket and carry around forever. But there is something that stays with us. They gave us everything and expected nothing. They shared something infinite with us that wasn’t even theirs to share, yet they shared it. How do you thank them for that? You can’t. But you can do something thankful about it. That is where your conscience steps in with that answer you seek.
Today I prepare a snack: biscuits with strawberry jam and whipped. They were great however they don’t go with chai. Before I ate I didn’t say a prayer. After I ate I wondered “Why don’t I say a prayer before every snack, too? They are all pretty special. Life is special it is amazing and astounding.” Well, thank goodness for the food that helps make it either heaven or hell.
Today it dawned on me that Hatha yoga is easier with long pants.
Thank you for letting me join all of you who knew this already.
Your starting point? There is nothing wrong with you.
If you want to do your breathing and relaxation practices when it is quiet, then wake up early before other people start their day.
Your passions are the things that you know in your heart that every one ought to experience. The feeling inside your heart when you find humanity without them, where it drives you to act, inspire and serve them to achieve it themselves is compassion. Compassion is passion’s companion.
Action is everything. Action is the difference between trying and not trying, so at least do something. Action is the nature of this universe, it’s physics and our responsibility to the world. Compaction takes your values and beliefs, distills them to their most simple and essential form. It is the crucible that takes you from undecided to emboldened to not only believe but also to act with complete conviction. Compaction is actions companion. Compaction illuminates your core beliefs so what you share is true. So now emboldened by your heart and your conscience.
Then go to sleep earlier.
Fearless is a great equalizer. It keeps its recipient humble. It draws her back to humanity of which we are all members. The fearless still fears but she fears less. The outcome is surprising: the fearless become emboldened and that is surprising and inspiring.
The emboldened do what they believe is right in the face of all obstacles. Simple but not simplistic she acts from her heart and her conscience without compromise. No matter the gender, race, religion, country or origin or political party (and the list goes on), fearlessness and the emboldened conscience unite us all no matter what we face. We are in it together. Hear, hear!