4-22-18 My View

My View 

View suggests a belief grounded on assurance (as by evidence) of its truth.

A broad perspective which considers many factors in reality, not opinion.                                                                                                  The deep feeling or insight as to the proper direction for one’s life.

We need to ask ourselves, What is my view, what is important in my life, what is worth pursuing and what should I let go of? It is important to sit down and consider this.

As I learn what does not work, I am willing to stop engaging in the obvious destructive           behaviors. At first I may feel empty, that I have lost my best friend, (my addiction), and what I have been relying on to try and make life meaningful, but it actually helps me to avoid life. I feel my foundation has been taken away, I am groundless.  

As I learn and grow, I begin to see that I do have choices, whereas before my addiction dictated my actions and kept me in darkness. I begin to have trust in my insights and my intelligence.

I begin to  see that I and all others have an innate basic goodness, that we are spiritually connected and my view naturally opens so that I can see more clearly and further now.

I begin to explore what this connection is and how I can become more aware of it and integrate that view into my everyday life.

This is a time of searching and growth that will probably last our lifetime, or lifetimes.

We do not deny our emotions but we are able to work with them in a larger framework, instead of permitting them to rule us. Like putting a spoon of salt into a teacup, or putting it into a pond. The same amount of salt is there, but when in a larger context it is manageable, not overwhelming. 

No wonder we could not get along with others, we either want to avoid them or dominate them. When we begin to look honestly at ourselves and effect a change, which is difficult to do but not as difficult as continuing our destructive behavior, we  begin feeling worthwhile, living with a sense of dignity and purpose in our lives.

We are hampered by fewer things for shorter periods of time. We need to continuously reinforce a newer view so as not to slip back into old harmful behaviors. Life continues to unfold, and we need to continually unfold and reinforce the view through our practice.

Do we make the effort? Do we use kind speech, take the right action, have a practice, work with contemplation and meditation on an ongoing basis so it becomes a welcome part of our lives?

The spiritual life is not a theory, you must LIVE it, and practice your view in all of your affairs. If you only “feel” the sunlight of the spirit in a recovery room or in your personal practice, and in  your daily life practice selfishness, aggression or remain ruled by fear, you have only picked up your foot but have not taken a step. You feel unbalanced standing on one leg.

Our happiness and the happiness of those around us depend on our degree of Right View. 

Touching reality deeply — knowing what is going on inside and outside of ourselves — is the way to liberate ourselves from the suffering that is caused by wrong perceptions. Right View is not an ideology, a system, or even a path. It is the insight we have into the reality of life, a living insight that fills us with understanding, peace, and love. (The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching.)

We are blessed to be in a place, in a time and around others where we CAN work on a positive change in our lives. This is a blessing that some overlook because of  selfishness or fear, and it is a tremendous shame. You are worthy of the best and deserve a wonderful life, it is there for you!

It cannot be stressed strongly enough that the practice of mindfulness, or any approach to meditation and contemplation, only becomes an effective instrument of liberation to the extent that it is founded upon and guided by right view. And that you actually do practice, not just think it is a good idea, that you will soon get to.

However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? ~Buddha

When you wake up in the morning, if you find yourself being negative, in fear, STOP. Click on your “NEW VIEW” app. Relax, be grateful and appreciate that you can be kind to yourself. What can you do, and keep doing, that will be helpful and kind today. Today is new, and precious, just as you are. Do not forget this.

An open, clear view has no sense of fear, no poverty, no grasping or running away. By seeing reality from a higher view, we are not attached to our difficulties nor to our accomplishments or happiness. From a vaster view we can avoid attachment and more fully see and engage in all  aspects of life. 

Let us hold firmly to a view of rejoicing. Of celebrating and delighting in our lives. Of being grateful and not judgemental.

Let us rejoice in the difficulties we have, that offer the opportunity to grow and understand more deeply. From my deepest problems come my greatest joys.                                                                                                                                             Let us rejoice in the joys of life that were previously unavailable to us.                                      Let us rejoice that we have the opportunity and the desire to help others, which enriches our lives. Let us rejoice in the many small blessings that we have, and easily overlook.

Let us rejoice in the direction our lives are taking, and that we will not let anything deter us, nothing.

We feel worthy of all our blessings, and will pass them all on to those who still suffer.

We find that OUR view becomes, the view. A path that is walked with dignity and kindness.

How do you fill your bucket? One drop at a time.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

“The great arises out of small things that are honored and cared for.”

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