Monday, July 13, 2015

Expect the Unexpected 2

Eliminating expectations: As is everything in this Path we have chosen, it is difficult and simple at the same time. It has nothing to do with 'reaching a certain level of understanding' although at times, the metaphor of climbing to the top of a mountain does seem adequate. This is what I have come to understand. Every time you feel disappointed, totally eliminate what you perceive to be the outer cause of your disappointment and then look at the disappointment itself, caused only by you and you alone. Then separate it from yourself, analyse it, and then meditate deeply on it. It might take days, months, or even years but when you do see it clearly, it will pleasantly surprise you. It doesn’t mean that the little spark of false joyous expectation will never rise up again, it’s just that the next time, you’ll recognise it, and you’ll stop it in its tracks. And we should be careful not to create situations that increase the expectation of something. We are given as much as we need. If we unnecessarily ask for more than we need, we will be disappointed. At that point, admit it and try to move on as gracefully and as quickly as possible. One shouldn't try to squeeze blood from a stone. When moments of expectation do arise in me, I stop them with a laugh, and then I say out loud to whatever god-form inside of me is closest to the situation at hand, “Hey, whatever happens, I’m cool. I can handle it and I know that whatever the outcome, it’s the best thing for me. I promise I will act accordingly and not be bull-headed. I will listen and be fearless. Anything You hand out will be appreciated.” 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Expect the Unexpected

Expectation inevitably leads to disappointment. Better not to expect anything but to take what arrives with an open heart and gratitude. And if you must expect something, expect the unexpected. Hari Om.