Last night Tashi Nyima continued his lectures on the 37 Practices of the Bodhisattva…
He spoke about the importance of leaving home, or our ‘native land’ — which does not necessarily mean you have to go anywhere — but sometimes that can help – a lot.
We are born into a certain group of people, with very specific and set views, likes and dislikes. We live in a country and society with again, very specific history and views. Sometimes we hate other people – or groups of people – without even knowing ‘why’ — we just do, and never question it! Or if we question it, sometimes the answer is that nobody knows…it is just is what is so.
There is a great need for us to ‘step aside’. To gain some distance for ourselves, so that we can evaluate our beliefs and conditioning. To know if what we are adopting as ours, is right for us, and if those are the beliefs we want to operate from in this world…!?
This can be accomplished by meditation, which is a way for us to be right where we are and find peace so that we can see clearly.
However, as Tashi was talking last night, I ‘got a glimpse’ of how very much of a challenge this can be since you must have some inkling that something is not right for you to even know to take this step.
It is especially difficult in this day and age, where our modus operandi is one of distraction. We will do anything to not just ‘be’ with ourselves. We turn on the TV, talk on the telephone, text, listen to music, go to the movies, eat…eat some more…so to avoid truly feeling what is going on in our lives. Feeling would mean having to ‘do’ something – to potentially take some action, that might be unpleasant and go against the beliefs of those around us.
I often wonder why I, and every member of my family, ended up so far away from each other? We are all in different states and even different countries. It has been difficult and painful to be apart from my original family and even lately, my children. But, I am seeing the ‘gift’ in this…in all of us having to face ourselves apart from one another and truly take a look at ourselves in a new light. Little by little this existence is starting to integrate into my being, and I see how helpful it has been to my own development as a compassionate and free human being.
From a place of distance we can once again come together from a place of choice and with love, compassion and a greater understanding of one another.
Life is good…
Love & Light!