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Dustin LindenSmith

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There is only so much the body can do. Ideas may abound about what is possible down the road, but today, there is a finite capacity to what can be physically accomplished.

Striving for more than what can be accomplished today creates stress. With stress, comes suffering.

Living with what is creates nothing. With nothing, there is emptiness. Acceptance. And unadulterated, unfettered functioning. Functioning borne of its own will. Functioning that results in whatever is actually needed in that moment. Functioning which requires no input from the apparent body-mind so apparently in control of itself.

The functioning occurs naturally, with or without our apparent mental support. To give in willfully to that is to live in harmony with the moment. To live in peace. To be free from suffering.

Accept it all, without judgment, and suddenly your world stops living at odds with itself.

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dizziedumb May 14th, 2009
i'm finding it difficult to incorporate my sadhana with the regular working world. more and more i experience the intense desire to seclude myself from city life in order to focus on the truly important. i wonder if this is because of a stage i am entering, and i should heed my sensitivity, or if it is just another veil to work through.

thoughts?

iamom May 14th, 2009
If what is needed for you right now is a job in the working world to pay your bills, then that functioning is natural and must be honoured in its own right. And no apparently mundane activity can necessarily be divorced from sadhana, either: your activities in the working world can become part of your sadhana. Enlightenment shines through no matter what activity is physically being carried out at any given moment.

As far as whether or not you have enough spare time in your life to complete certain spiritual practices you're interested in, I wouldn't be surprised if you had time you're currently devoting to other activities which could be sacrificed in favour of said practice. It's always a matter of how important the practice really is to you at that moment.

Whatever is important enough, will be done.

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