Mind is very cunning; it is never simple. The heart is never cunning; it is always simple. To be simple means shifting from the head to the heart.
We live through the head. That’s why our life becomes more and more complicated, more and more like a jigsaw puzzle. Nothing seems to fit. And the more we try to be clever, the more in a mess we are. That has been our history: We have gone more and more insane. Now the whole earth is almost like a madhouse. The time has come, if humanity is to survive at all, for a great shift to happen: We have to move from the head to the heart. Otherwise, the head is ready to commit suicide. It has created so much misery and so much boredom and so many problems that suicide seems the only way out. The whole earth is preparing for suicide. It is going to be a global suicide, unless a miracle happens.
And this is going to be the miracle — if it happens, this is the miracle — there will be a great shift, a radical change, in our very outlook: We will start living from the heart. We will drop the whole universe of the mind, and we will start afresh like small children.
Live from the heart. Feel more, think less, be more sensitive and less logical. Be more and more heartful, and your life will become sheer joy.
~ Osho, Everyday Osho, Day 92
I am in love with autumn’s light. I always have been, especially in the sunrise and sunset hours when both the light and shadows stretch out across the landscape. I love the fog that drifts over the meadows and lifts over the pond, dancing in the sunlight.
Today was not as early a morning as it has been on the previous mornings throughout the early days of my Forty Early Mornings journey. I was up in time to catch the sunrise and to see the sunbeams as they cut through the misty fog that rose up out of the meadows. I had a restless night, and needed the extra sleep. Some nights are like that.
M, who was up before me, said he saw the deer (Little Doe and her twins) as well as a fox. Lucky him. I usually see the Three Amigos, some crows, and Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal. Not that there’s anything wrong with seeing birds. But it would be nice to see the fox.
I had to shorten my yoga and meditation practices this morning. I am in the midst of the fast-mimicking diet I’ve mentioned a few times. Due to social obligations and other things, I had to put off my autumn fast until this week. Today is day 2 and boy, am I hungry! It really isn’t too bad, though, because I do get to eat and the food I’ve been eating is food I like. I had a miso-vegetable soup for lunch today, and will be having vegetarian chili for dinner. I learned yesterday that it helps to save the meditation until afternoon. If I’m spending time doing that, I am less likely to be thinking about rooting around in the fridge with the desire to eat all of the food.
The quote I picked for today actually picked me. It seems appropriate for these times, but maybe it seems appropriate for all times given how some of us humans tend to be and act. On a singular, personal level, it’s also appropriate for me. The more I live from the heart, the less I live from the mind, the more joyful life seems to be. I don’t know why I keep forgetting that lesson. I learned it when I quit smoking (which you might think is odd, but it’s true). It’s the way to keep the monkey mind quiet or, if not quiet, it becomes background noise that doesn’t mean much. The monkey mind is, after all, the mind and the mind, my mind (since I can’t speak for anyone else), apparently prefers drama over joy. Daily meditation and yoga practices are helping a lot with this (and other things, such as anxiety over current events). I highly recommend it.
That said, I woke up to yesterday’s events and found that my heart felt almost broken into pieces, in pain that we can do this to each other, and that a handful of mostly white men have decided it’s okay for people to do this to each other. If they thought otherwise, they might change the laws to make this sort of thing more difficult. After Sandy Hook, the U.S. decided it was okay to kill our children so I suppose none of this should surprise me or break my heart. Yet it did, and it’s good that it did. I don’t ever want to be immune from compassion or from tears.
My wish, my hope, is that we all start living more from the heart. I am probably preaching to the choir here. I know that many of you already do. Perhaps if enough of us do, it will spread to others.
On that note, thank you so much for visiting again. Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be.
A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy: 346) Sharing sunrises and sunsets, and all the other beautiful gifts this world offers us when we take the time to look. 347) Another gorgeous autumn day. 348) All the good in the world. I like to think it outweighs the bad, and that it will prevail. 349) Songs of the heart. 350) Learning to be more heartful.