Recently I went on a road trip with my partner and her family through the vast and beautiful countryside in Western Canada. This is a trip I have done many times in my life (as recent as last year) and I never get tired of the scenery.
How do you feel when you are in a state of joy? What is it that gets you there? When you’re with people you like or love and are telling stories about your day or your life ; does that bring a sense of joy to your heart?
What do we think of when we hear someone say “That’s so weird!” or “What a weirdo!?” The inclination is to think that weird or weirdos are bad, bringing a negative connotation to everything weird. If you look up weird in the dictionary, it actually means uncanny, supernatural and mysterious to name a few. It also has an archaic Scottish meaning which is a person’s destiny.
What is it that I need today? A question that I like to ask myself in the morning. How will I best serve myself and others? This process allows me to greet the day with purpose and connection to my heart.
What do you do think of when you hear a baby’s laughter?!?
How do you feel when you are in the presence of youthful exuberance?!?
There is a special energy that is present when babies, young children and animals are there. You just want to live, love and laugh with them.
I recently went on an epic road trip covering a small part of Western Canada. A friend of my wife’s had recently arrived from England to visit. We wanted to show her the vast beauty of the land and different changes that occur to the landscape every couple of hundred kilometers. This can be hard to grasp from pictures or images from the internet. She is from a small town in northern England where the countryside is rather beautiful. The difference is, if you drive 500 kilometers you would be in another country, here in Canada you would still be in the same province. The geography is ever-changing, big, bold and beautiful.
Did you ever wake up in the morning and have a burning need to call someone who you haven’t seen for a long time? Maybe you should pay close attention to these things.
It’s your inner voice or intuition whispering in your ear.
The Aha moment. .
Where were you? When you found out for the first time that something existed other than yourself.
What caused you to think about it?
Was there a pivotal moment or experience that caused you to see things in a different light?
For me it was about making a change in my life. Having too much fun in the physical, material world and no connection to the spiritual one was it. I felt there was no satisfaction in that life.
How Do I Know? .
What does it mean to understand yourself? Where do you go in your mind, body, soul? The true nature of understanding is a tough question to answer. I like to think of it as a jigsaw puzzle. Once all the pieces fit into place, everything is connected; how do you put the pieces together so they fit correctly?
What do I think of when I envision luminosity? A few enlightened masters come to mind ; Buddha,Christ and Krishna stand out for me. Then there are extraordinary people from the present and past like the Dali Lama,Gandhi, Einstein and Galileo. People who are and were not afraid to shine their light upon the world.
What does it mean to me? When I think of spring I think of new growth. The plants are blooming, animals are being born and the old tired days of winter are being shed. This is the time to spring into action, take those ideas that have been hibernating all winter and run with them.
What is the meaning of life? A question that has been asked throughout the ages. Where are we in the grand scheme of things ? What does the universe have in store for me? Pretty heavy stuff to try to figure out. Instead trying to make sense of this conundrum, why not try to exist within a framework that says “ I am part of everything.” Trying to put a piece into a giant puzzle and make it work because you need to be part of something. This doesn’t make sense as you will never be part of something by trying to fit in.
I remember watching a movie a few years back called The Tao of Steve with Donal Logue. It was about a guy named Steve who had this quiet confidence very centred. He wasn’t a very fit or exceptionally good looking guy. He was slightly overweight and average looking. This however didn’t get in the way of him meeting women and then having them become enamoured with him. He did this through adopting the energy of powerful characters from television and movie scenarios. This didn’t work when he acted disingenuously and lost his connection.