Dale Carnegie said that: “One of the most tragic things that I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that at blooming outside our window today.”
Too many of us are putting off living, sacrificing the sacred and special moments of every day while we get caught up in the whirlpool of our hectic schedules. Too many people are getting caught up in the chaos of crisis, in the endless rushing and in chasing the illusion of success at the great cost of personal fulfillment and satisfaction. We are giving our energy to those things which might seem like they are worthwhile in the urgency of the moment but that matter very little in the long run.
It has been said that success is a journey not a destination. The wise sages have said time and time again that every minute of life is a blessing. In the East, the philosophers told us to “live in the now, enjoy the process and slow down so that you can savor the simple pleasures which will open your heart.” And yet in our frantic race to become a high-tech, information rich world, all too often we miss the little pleasures that every day sends us, those little gifts that could renew our spirits and anchor us to the wonders of all creation.
The moment you start feeling gratified by the simple act of doing something for someone else or following your mission because your heart tells you that this is the right thing to do, you take a giant step along the path of enlightenment. Because true harmony is to be found within you, not outside of you. Happiness is an inside job. If you base your happiness on external objects, the moment one of those objects is taken away from you, you lose your happiness. Real happiness comes through knowing who you are and connecting to your highest self. It comes through knowing that you are not in this world – the world is in you and you can create anything you need within yourself.
Everyone of us is part of the same universal source. We are all connected in some way or another. The sages have known this truth for thousands of years. W hen you do something for someone else, you do something for yourself. Lifelong success comes from enjoying the process of living and doing things, whether it is growing a rose garden or building a business, for the sheer pleasure of doing these things.
It’s like the story of the young boy who sought enlightenment from a wise monk who practiced pottery making. After many years of deep contemplation and introspection, the boy was close to enlightenment. One sunny afternoon, the boy was holding one of the monk’s prized pots, and admiring its beauty when it slipped from his hand and broke into many tiny pieces. The boy felt a tremendous sense of loss at the broken pot and apologized profusely to his teacher. But the monk remained calm. With a gentle smile the teacher said “You need not be sad – it is still within me.”
The wise monk realized that the true pleasure of the pot came through the process of creating and shaping it, not in owning the end product or in the external rewards that it brought him. The joy was not in the creation, it was in the journey. The joy was not in the destination but in the path. And this is precisely the same in your life. To live with deep richness and contentment, start taking the time to see the simple pleasures that are around you.
Remember, it is the simple pleasures that allow you to start caring for your spirit. Those simple pleasures allow you to start taking the time to nourish the brilliance that lies within you.
Simplifying your life is not hard to do. You just need to have the courage to carve out some time to do it. You can start to connect with your highest self through a daily period of silence or a daily period of peace as I call it in my work. This is nothing more than fifteen or twenty minutes a day where you stop rushing and simply start being, connecting to the natural wellspring of calmness which rests inside of you. Turn off the radio and the TV and don’t answer the phone and realize that silence nourishes the soul.