Note: This post was originally published as a guest post on The Daily Brainstorm. Also, I enjoyed being interviewed by Hulbert Lee of From Bottom Up about changing habits. If you’d like to listen, please click here.
Truth…love…beauty. Just reading these words clears out the cobwebs. They are like a tap on the shoulder, beckoning us to return to ourselves, to remember that, underneath all the turbulence, we are whole and sane.
Truth…love…beauty. These are essential qualities that reflect right to the core of our being. But they are not esoteric or airy-fairy.
When the chaos of our thoughts settles, the clarity of truth shines through.
When we stop seeking outside ourselves to fulfill our needs, we know love.
When we meet the world without blinders on, we see beauty everywhere.
Without these grounding qualities, we feel alienated and empty. We live our lives by only skimming the surface of what is possible. Our culture pays lip service to their importance, but those of us who are moved to explore them inhabit the outer region of the bell curve. Is that you? When we divest ourselves of the pressures to conform, we step across the threshold to wonders unimagined.
What about infusing your everyday experience with truth, love, and beauty? Find where they resonate inside you, then dive in and explore past the edges of your comfort zone. You just might discover some unexpected treasures that life has in store for you.
From Compulsive Thinking to Truth
“If you could only keep quiet, clear of memories and expectations, you would be able to discern the beautiful pattern of events. It is your restlessness that causes chaos.”
~Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Our minds love to be occupied with figuring things out. We plan, analyze, strategize, judge, interpret, ruminate, defend – anything but seeing things as they are. A quiet mind simplifies. The truth without the mental overlay tells us exactly what we need to know. If we are willing. Would you like to be more aligned with truth? Consider these:
- Become familiar with your patterns of thinking that keep you from seeing things accurately. When you feel them revving up to divert you away from truth, take a breath, and be curious enough to stay present.
- Investigate everything you assume to be true to see if it is actually true, thought by thought.
- Tell the truth in your daily life. Be honest in your words and actions.
- Eliminate pretending, faking, lying, fooling yourself, and shading the truth.
- Discern what you know and what you don’t know. Become comfortable in the realm of not knowing. “I don’t know” is a perfectly valid response to any question.
- Be authentic in your life decisions. Have the courage to clean up your life so that every aspect of it expresses your truth.
From Need to Love
“The longest journey you will ever take is the 18 inches from your head to your heart.”
~ Andrew Bennett
We look for love in all the wrong places. While we are busy thinking that what we have is not sufficient, we fail to see the riches that are already here. Whether we are seeking approval, recognition, or the love of a partner, in any moment, we can stop the charade of lack and turn our attention to the overflowing abundance of now. Here’s how:
- Challenge your conditioned tendencies to believe that something is missing or that you are not enough.
- Do what brings you joy and fulfillment.
- Remember that you are grateful. Let appreciation permeate your everyday existence.
- Be kind in your words and actions – toward yourself and everyone else.
- Orient toward giving as well as receiving.
- Know that the little things count – a lot. Be an activist for love.
- Consider the possibility that nothing is separate from anything else, that the division we perceive is an illusion, that love is the fabric of life.
From Blind to Beauty
“I feel an indescribable ecstasy and delirium in melting, as it were, into the system of being, in identifying myself with the whole of nature..”
~Jean Jacques Rousseau
When we view the world through our stories, beliefs, and ideas, we mistake the extraordinary for the ordinary. Our minds convince us that life is repetitive and mundane. Same old, same old. In truth, reality is always fresh. Life is bursting with possibility, creating itself anew in every moment. There is unspeakable beauty endlessly showing up on our doorstep. Can you see it?
- Learn to recognize all the ways you shield yourself from experiencing reality directly. (Hint: It’s usually our minds and feelings that take us away.)
- Slow it down. Notice everyone and everything as if for the first time, in detail.
- Use all five senses to experience the truth of the moment.
- Be mindful during even the most mundane tasks.
- Don’t take anything for granted.
- Recognize what remains when you stop judging, labeling, and categorizing.
When we get out of our own way, what do we discover? Truth, love, and beauty – right here at the core of our being. Embody these qualities. Live them. Lose yourself in them. It’s the most compelling choice you could ever make.
Note: This post was inspired by the teachings of Francis Lucille.
What have you discovered about living in truth, love, and beauty? I’d love to hear…