Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Gandhi’s Top 10 Fundamentals for Changing the World

The last couple of months I have been heavily immersed on a spiritual journey. I have been fortunate enough to find teachers and people in my life who have lifted me, encouraged me and allowed me to discover the person I truly am. Through life coaching, Naam Yoga and spiritual work, I have finally found my way.

Once you begin to wash away the dirt that covers your body and soul, you will never be the same. I know it sounds cliche, like a self-help book quote but it is entirely true.

The journey allows you to discover your true self, without external distractions, without labeling yourself as a projection of society's thoughts of perfection, it simply allows you to breathe, go deep inside your soul, be quiet, still and listen, listen to every heartbeat and every yearning that resides there.

All those feelings, emotions, fears that are suffocating you at every turn, everyday of your life. Those are the hardest ones to get rid of, but everyday you listen, everyday you sit still, everyday you mediate and chant, you release pieces of yourself that are no longer beneficial.

You release negative thoughts, patterns, behaviors, even people who are no longer serving you or who have already served their purpose in your life simply walk out of it.

I thought there was ONE person in particular that I could not let go of- the person who for four years I spent my energy and thoughts on hoping that he would somehow realize that I was "the one". Through this 10 month journey, I was able to break free- let him go, like a child losing their coveted balloon. There were tears, there was pain, but without the rain, their is no rainbow.

When I came across this article today, I realized that the fundamentals which Gandhi speaks of have been the basis for my transformation. I still have a long road to walk, but I will be guided by these principles.

1. Change
“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”
“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.”

2. Control.
“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”

3. Forgiveness
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
“An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”

4. Action.
“An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.”

5. The present moment.
“I do not want to foresee the future. I am concerned with taking care of the present. God has given me no control over the moment following.”

6. Everyone is human.
“I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough to confess my errors and to retrace my steps.”
“It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.”

7. Persist.
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

8. Goodness.
“I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won’t presume to probe into the faults of others.”
“I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.”

9. Truth
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
“Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.”

10. Development.
“Constant development is the law of life, and a man who always tries to maintain his dogmas in order to appear consistent drives himself into a false position.”

Wishing you a Brilliant Day wherever you may be in this Big, Bright World!!


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