[A special guest post from Maia Duerr at the Liberated Life Project.]
Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love. – Rumi
Most of my life, I have cringed at the idea of discipline. I’ve thought of it as something that infringes on my freedom, specifically my creative freedom. Just hearing someone suggest that I make it a habit to go to bed the same time each night makes me cringe as I imagine lost opportunities of night owl creative energy spurts.
But in the past few years, I’m learning that discipline — in the right spirit — can be truly liberating.
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“An effortless compassion can arise for all beings who have not realized their true nature. So limitless is it that if tears could express it, you would cry without end. Not only compassion, but tremendous skillful means can be born when you realize the nature of mind. Also you are naturally liberated from all suffering and fear, such as the fear of birth, death and the intermediate state. Then if you were to speak of the joy and bliss that arise from this realization, it is said by the buddhas that if you were to gather all the glory, enjoyment, pleasure and happiness of the world and put it all together, it would not approach one tiny fraction of the bliss that you experience upon realizing the nature of mind.”
- Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche
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What’s your first thought when you open your eyes in the morning?
Have your ever been immediately captivated by the mood, thought, or emotion that dominated your mind when you fell asleep?
Or spontaneously drawn ahead, into the plans and activities of the day?
Our first thoughts and actions of the day are potent. They contain the power to influence the next 24 hours. Here’s an alternative to being enslaved by whatever pops into your mind as you awaken.
In a recent public talk, the Dalai Lama shared what he does when he wakes up each morning, at 3:00 am no less!
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