Ok, so what comes next?

Entropy is a bitch. Make friends with it.

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Don’t let anyone tell you that they know what happens after your bodily processes cease to function. No one really knows, but some who have “passed through the veil” and returned, have seen a glimpse.

 

Some see God, some see deceased relatives welcoming them to heaven. Then some see a dark place, a place of rest…oblivion. Those people’s stories are what I am interested in. Why is their experience with death so different than the souls that see God and heaven? I have a theory; the individuals that find that place of oblivion are at peace with death. They know that everyone and everything is subject to entropy.

 

Entropy, it is not just a destroyer but a recycler or sorts. Entropy is an “inevitable truth” of things. There is more to the story as you will see. Entropy works along the opposite line as well. Death, Destruction, the passage of time, an instrument of Entropy/Life, growth, development, reproduction, old age (if you are lucky) and Death that gives life to other beings. Trees grow up and take in the nutrients of their fallen ancestors. Yes the circle of Life is driven by Death and Death is driven by Life.

 

Humans are afraid of Death because of its seeming permanence. We spend so much time as a race running from Death, all the while knowing in our hearts no matter what religious or spiritual belief that we may hold dear to us…that Death will outpace us someday and we will submit to the final embrace. Religion is based on the fear of Death. The question is not how we should prepare for Death and the afterlife, but how are you living today?

 

Are you a decent human being? Do you try to help others when you can? Do you take care of your family? Do you show loyalty to your friends and loved ones? Friends that is all that we can do as people. Do the best you can every day and if you can make a difference in someone’s life. Be the superhero for the person that needs it. We are only here for a short time. Examine how you feel about Death. Don’t shy away, talk to Death. Make it your friend and hang out with it. Death isn’t to be feared any more than Life is.

 

Entropy is inevitable, make a peace treaty with it now while you still have a say in at least your part of the relationship. Maybe if you find the reasons you are afraid to die, then you might find a more compelling reason to live a full life.

~JP~

Compassion.

Deep inside each one of resides a Bodhisattva.

The nature of a Bodhisattva is compassion. Compassion for all living beings, starting with oneself.
It is easy to give into the negative self talk that arises when we question ourselves and ask if we can in fact be a person of kindness.

That false inner voice of our ego that says we are not good enough, or we lack something. That false voice keeps us from being compassionate not only to others but to ourselves.

Compassion towards others will tame the ego. The ego may thrash around like an angry beast, but truly it has no power other than what you give it. In the end peace and understanding will win out. Observing the ego without judgement for what it is (a small child), will calm it like a still lake after a storm.

You and only you control your life and the Karma that you create. Your life and destiny reside squarely on your shoulders.

Be a compassionate person this week. Help others with no expectation of repayment or even a thank you. Observe what emerges not only from others but yourself.

JP

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Looking through the lens of preconception

There is no getting around it. Try as you might there are some people who have made up their minds and they will not change them. In other words they are viewing the world through a preconception. They have decided that they are right and that is that. Final score, next subject please.

I have been encountering a number of these unfortunate people lately. Their minds are bogged down in a fog of judgement and discontent that nothing, not logic, common sense or the emotional appeal of a loved one will budge. Sad I tell you this situation is but not new.

What’s to be done about those whose minds are in such a mess? That my friends would be NOTHING. That is right, nothing at all. A closed mind cannot be pried open from the outside. It must be awakened by something inside the person who has forgotten how to feel compassion for others.

Preconceptions and compassion are a diametrically opposed to each other. A compassionate person will care when someone else is in pain or has a problem. A person with preconceptions only believes that their opinion is correct. Again, the closed mind is in control of that type of person.

Are there some people in your life that you are looking at through this lens? Are you? Do you really believe that you can know every hurt, struggle or pain that someone is going through? Do you walk in that persons shoes, do you live in their head and think their thoughts? Who are you to judge anyone?

Stop the judgement about others and look at yourself. There is plenty to clean up, a lifetime of mistakes, bad behavior, cruelty. Don’t despair there is also love, compassion, helpfulness and happiness. We have both in us and if we can stop judging each other and see with new eyes or new lenses at least we all might find that our struggles are not unique.

Everyone needs a helping hand sometimes, remove the barriers in your mind that keep you from seeing others as human beings.

Be well,

 

JP

 

 

The Warrior’s Prayer Part Five

In dedication I honor the courage within me.
In eternity I have compassion for the nature of all things.
In dedication I honor the courage within me.  When life is going “good” for us and things are working out we tend to not think much about courage. When things are not so good, our car breaks down and the repair bill is high or we have a leaky roof or a hundred of life’s ups and downs, courage is not so easy.
Courage is a quality that is built over time, through adversity and trials. Courage itself is constructed when situations in our lives are not so rosy. Courage is the ability to be afraid and yet move forward and to do what must be done. We all have courage within us. It takes dedication and forethought when times are easy and our lives are not in turmoil to be able to plan and reach for our inner strength when we need it the most.
Honor yourself, you are all-powerful beings, stronger than you realize. The day-to-day grind of modern society makes us forget who we are, a being of light. Shine your light for someone, show courage even if you don’t feel it at first and stand up to the negative self talk and the abuse and anger of others. You are valuable! Walk this Earth in your limited time here as a giant!
In eternity I have compassion for the nature of all things. In our short-sighted view; it is easy to forget that we are eternal beings. Being consumed by sensations in the physical form that we are occupying at this moment in time is common. Everyone that you encounter in your time here, plant, animal or human has its own nature and has its place in the time-space continuum. The mosquito has a place that fills a need as well as a cow, dog or person.
Being compassionate towards other beings is showing love and compassion for yourself. Having compassion for yourself is showing compassion for others. It is a circle of light that can never be broken, a bond with the very fabric of the Universe itself. Compassionate behavior reaps benefits farther down the timeline that you might imagine. Compassion is Love and Love is Compassion.
Be compassionate and have courage this day and everyday for you are far more than you think.
Be well,
JP.