Change can only happen in the now. Wishing for things to have been different in the past is fruitless, and likewise change in the future is just a dream. However, this current moment allows for action to change us to where we want to be in the future. And a present change in perspective can affect how we view the past.
Ralph Smart breaks down 5 steps to stop procrastinating. This is paraphrased and not exactly what he said, so please watch the video.
Let go of perfection - “Letting go of perfection, is where perfection begins.” There is only now. It is not perfect. It may not be where you want to be, but it is here. Let go of the desire for perfection and learn acceptance
Release resistance - Release your desire to change the now
Make sure your heart is in what you are doing - Do it with passion or not at all. Place yourself in an environment that doesn’t allow you to procrastinate. Do what you love with passion
Change your belief system/perception - Perception changes reality. With a change of attitude procrastination disappears. ”Do or do not, there is no try” - Yoda
If you are doing something that your heart is not into, then do it one step at a time. Pretty soon it will be over and you can move onto something that you love
Thanks for the post Ralph. I always enjoy watching your webcasts. Infinite waters, diving deep!
Featuring mystics from many of the great spiritual traditions around the world, this illuminating documentary explores the unity of humanity, reveals our essential oneness and spreads the single message that binds all faiths together.
Really interesting movie. You can catch it streaming on Netflix. There is nothing external that can solve the internal. Instead the internal reflects outward. So it all starts with inner peace.
I won’t tell you how ironic or maybe the only probability that Sadhguru is in this. It does sort of make me wonder if during his seminars if his goal is to awaken the largest number of people that he can, so he tailors his message to what he thinks the audience wants to hear. Is there anything wrong with that? Adapting the message so that you bring the most to enlightenment as possible?
On that note, we can now understand why Hillel said, “Don’t do unto others what you would not want done to you,” which is the inverse of love thy neighbor. Why not word it in the positive, as Christianity did: “Do unto others as you would want them to do to you”?
Doesn’t this sort of show the evolution or progression of religion? The underlying truth is the same, the wording is just going from negative to positive. The alternate wording provides another aspect to help more people understand the same truth. I liken this to our own internal evolution of thought, but on a much broader scale. What would a few hundred years of evolution do to a message as it spread among people, playing an early version of the telephone game? The minds that message must have traveled through!!
Enlightenment really consists of recognizing the Buddha nature that is within us already. Our Buddha nature is our true self. It’s the self that is one with everything and realizes that fact. It’s the self that is fully enlightened and perfect. In reality, it’s who we are right now, even if we don’t realize it.
By Daniel Boepyol Scharpenburg (via themiddlepane)
If we understand that objects depend upon the subjective mind, we can change the way objects appear to us by changing our own mind. Gradually, we will gain the ability to control our mind and in this way solve all our problems.
By Geshe Kelsang Gyatso ~ Modern Buddhism (via self-assassin)