Alan Watts on Time – Mystery of Time

“Time is a measure of energy, a measure of motion. And we have agreed internationally on the speed of the clock. And I want you to think about clocks and watches for a moment. We are of course slaves to them. And you will notice that your watch is a circle, and that it is calibrated, and that each minute, or second, is marked by a hairline which is made as narrow as possible, as yet to be consistent with being visible.

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And when we think of a moment of time, when we think what we mean by the word “now”; we think of the shortest possible instant that is here and gone, because that corresponds with the hairline on the watch. And as a result of this fabulous idea, we are a people who feel that we don’t have any present, because the present is instantly vanishing – it goes so quickly. It is always becoming past. And we have the sensation, therefore, of our lives as something that is constantly flowing away from us. We are constantly losing time. And so we have a sense of urgency. Time is not to be wasted. Time is money. And so, because of the tyranny of this thing, we feel that we have a past, and we know who we are in terms of our past. Nobody can ever tell you who they are, they can only tell you who they were.

And we think we also have a future. And that is terribly important, because we have a naive hope that the future is somehow going to supply what we are looking for. You see, if you live in a present that is so short that it is not really here at all, you will always feel vaguely frustrated.

Complex Ralities | Unity with All That Is

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Being You No Matter What

Syed Usman Being You No Matter What

There are times in your life when you must paste on the smile.  You nod your head politely and have no idea what the conversation is even about.  I have been through many of those moments.  This last year has been an extraordinary journey for me.  I have learned many valuable lessons.  The biggest one of all, the one that can make or break you, is the realization that it’s okay to be “not okay” during your life.  You do not have to have it all figured out.

It is okay to say I am going to take a break from this.  It is not failure until you quit.  It is okay to let people be disappointed in you.  That is their expectation of you, not yours.  Your success is not tied to anyone.  Period.  I have disappointed many people in my life, I’m sure.  Because they saw a vision of how my life should be.  I sold my first house to the amazement of others and bought an older home surrounded by wonderful trees, near water, and a nature trail.  People I knew thought we had lost our minds buying this old house.  I downsized.  OMG.  Less?  How dare I live with less.  As I look out my window now, all the leaves are brilliant and beautiful.  I call my old friend and we go for walks on the trail near my house.  I no longer live next to an airport.  You would have thought I moved half-way across the universe.  Seriously.

I have been writing almost everyday.  I am a writer.  I know it amazes some and confuses others.  It’s my J.O.B. now and I am currently not getting paid for it.  It doesn’t mean I will never make any money ever again.  No, it doesn’t.  But it means I am doing something for me.  Not for anyone else.  And I like it.  I can volunteer at my children’s schools now, and pop in when needed.  I can work the school store, and actually go to the store.  The benefits are amazing.  They are hugs, kisses, and meeting tiny people at the bus.  I no longer have the latest clothes…it’s okay.  Yoga pants are all the clothes I need anyway.  They are awesome.

So during this time, I have not had it all figured out.  But I have come to the conclusion that if we are honest with ourselves, and our friends, the ones who matter will still be here after I get finished with this process.  If they are gone, they were not willing to be part of my life.  That is not mean, negative or spiteful.  It is the truth.  It took me long enough to figure this out.

So the next time you are having problems, like one of my closest friends says, “It’s okay to not be okay.”  Life will go on, just remember to pick yourself back up and keep going.

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What Happens After Death?

God Exists

Is there a life after ‪#‎Death‬? Can you imagine of going to sleep and never ever waking up? What would happen after we die?

When you die, you are not going to be put into ever lasting nonexistence. Because that is not an experience. Lot of people are afraid that when they die, they are gonna be locked up in a dark room forever.

Try and imagine what will it be like to go to sleep and never wake up. Think about that. It is one of the greatest wonders of life. If you really think about it, you will question yourself, about what was it like to wake up after having never gone to sleep? And, this was when you were born.

See, you can’t have experience of nothing. So, after you are dead, the only thing that can happen is the same experience or the same sort of experience as when you were born.

In other words, we all know very well that after people die, other people are born. And, they are all you.

21 Random Acts Of Kindness

1. Brush the snow off of a strangers car.

2. Buy a coffee for a stranger in advance.

3. Pop a quarter (or several!) in a candy machine.

4. Give you full coffee stamp card to a stranger.

5. Feed someone’s expired parking meter.

6. Ask how someone is doing – and mean it.

7. Stop to chat with a homeless person.

8. While you’re at it, ask if there’s anything you can help with.

9. Reconnect with someone you’ve fallen out with.

10. Give your barista a tip.

11. Donate clothing you don’t wear.

12. Compliment someone you normally don’t get along with.

13. Post this on a telephone pole or bulletin board.

14. Invite someone who lives alone over for dinner.

15. Leave an anonymous gift for a coworker.

16. Donate to your local animal shelter.

17. Volunteer your time with an organization you believe in.

18. Join The Toy Society.

19. Pick up trash at the neighborhood park.

20. Put together toiletry care packages for the women’s shelter.

21. Thank someone who deserves it.

Mind: Too Complex to Understand Love

Brain makes things complicated

Our mind is very complex, very tricky. It makes simple things complicated and that’s its work. And for centuries it has been trained for only one thing: to make things so complicated that your life becomes impossible.

Our Mind is Programmed to make Simplest Things  Complicated

Our mind has become expert in destroying us, because our life consists of simple things. The whole existence is simple, but man’s mind has been cultivated, conditioned, educated, and programmed in such a way that the simplest thing becomes crooked. The moment it reaches to your mind it is no longer simple. The mind starts interpreting it, finding things in it which are not there, ignoring things which are there.

Mind and Brain Paradox

And we think that we have heard whatever we have been told? It is not so. We have been told one thing, and we have been hearing something else because our hearing is not direct. There is a mediator — our mind. It functions in many ways as a censor, it does not allow many things to enter inside you.

You will be surprised to know how much it prevents — ninety-eight percent. It allows in only two percent of what is being said to you, and that too not in its purity. First it pollutes it by its own interpretations, by its own past experiences, conditionings, and by the time the mind comes to have the sense that it has understood, what was said and what was heard are poles apart.

Gautam Buddha Story

Gautam Buddha used to tell a story…it is strange that all great masters have depended on stories. There is some reason for it: the mind relaxes when it is a question of a story; when it is just a joke the mind relaxes. There is no need to be tense and serious, just a story is being told, you can relax.

But when something like love or freedom or silence is being explained, you are tense.

That’s why the masters have to use simple stories. Perhaps by the end of the story they can manage it so a small message enters in from the back door while you are still relaxed.

Gautam Buddha used to say — it was his custom after his evening talk — he used to say to his disciples, “Now go and do the last thing before you go to sleep.” That last thing was the meditation.

One day it happened that a prostitute was listening and a thief was also in the audience. When Buddha said, “Now it is time for you to go and do the last thing before you go to sleep,” all the sannyasins went to meditate. The thief simply became awakened — “What am I doing here?” This was the time to do his business. The prostitute looked around and felt that Buddha was really very perceptive, because when Buddha had said that, he was looking at her. She bowed down in gratitude because she was reminded, “Go to do your business before you go to sleep.”

A simple statement, but three types of people heard three meanings. In fact there must have been more meanings, because to somebody meditation must have been a joy, to somebody else meditation must have been something one has to do; and then the meaning differs. To all those meditators the message was the same, but what was heard by them could not have been the same.