Angels on Your Shoulder

Angels on Your Shoulder

Strawberries taste best in the moment

posted by Susan Gregg

IMG_0640 I have heard several versions of this story. I will include both endings because I think the original ending invites us to see life in a richer, more expansive manner.
A man was walking through the bush when he heard a low growl and something moving through the bush. He realized it was a tiger hunting. He ran as fast as he could and came to the edge of a rugged cliff. He looked down and saw a branch jutting out just as the tiger appeared out of the bush.
He jumped and grabbed a hold of the branch thankful to be alive. The tiger paced back and forth looking hungrily at the man just out of his reach. When the man looked down he saw two more tigers standing on the rocks right below him. He looked to the left and saw some ripe, red berries. He loved strawberries so he took a deep breath and smiled broadly as he picked the berries and ate them. They were the best strawberries he ever tasted.
In the original story. He reached out, picked the berries and ate them before he realized they were poisonous. He looked out at the horizon and enjoyed the view.
Life is best when savored fully and we can only do that in the moment.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor of your old thinking. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Mark Twain
With love and aloha,
Susan

A cup of tea

posted by Susan Gregg

A business man decided to find the meaning of life. He went from teacher to teacher. He read every book he could find, went from class to class and even meditated daily. Each day he continued to feel disconnected and unsatisfied. Finally he went to a remote monastery and asked to speak to the master.
He was led into an austere room overlooking a beautiful garden. There was a beautiful altar, some pillows and a small table. The monk gestured for the man to sit on a pillow facing the altar. The man sat and waited impatiently.
Finally an old man entered silently with a pot of tea. He sat down opposite the man, placed the pot of tea and two cups on the table. He sat in silence for a few moments, bowed before the altar and then turned to look at the man.
“I have meditated for years, lived in ashrams and met all the great masters. Yet I still find myself searching.” The man continued to tell the master all the practices he had done, books he had read and teachers he had studied with.
The old man nodded, placed one of the cups in front of the man and began pouring tea. The master filled the cup and quietly continued pouring. The man jumped up angrily as the tea spilled into his lap.
“What’s the matter with you old man!” he yelled.
The master smiled and said, “You can’t fill a cup that is already full.”
As long as we think we know the answers, as long as we hold onto our old beliefs, happiness, peace of mind and love often remain illusive.
True freedom is our ability to explore life with curiosity and have the courage to say ‘I don’t know’ a lot!
With love and aloha,
Susan

Is there anyone else there?

posted by Susan Gregg

Years ago when I began my spiritual journey I had a hard time with the idea of God, surrendering and prayer. I had many long talks with my spiritual mentors. One day a friend told me this story and besides getting a good laugh it helped me see the futility in my resistance to letting go of my limiting beliefs.
A man was walking along a deserted road, against his friends advice. He was new to the area and there had just been a large rainstorm. It was pitch black, he could hardly see his hands in front of his face. Suddenly he slipped in the mud and plummeted off the cliff. He managed to grab onto the exposed root of an old tree and stop his fall.
He held on as long as physically possible. Then in desperation he finally he decided to pray. As soon as he asked for help the wind got quiet and he felt a sense of peace flow over him.
In the silence he heard a voice gently and lovingly say, “Let go.”
He thought about it for a moment and then asked, “Is there anybody else up there?”
In the morning his friends found him exhausted still hanging onto a root a few feet off the ground.
With love and aloha,
Susan

A man of peace

posted by Susan Gregg

Aloha everyone,
In my writings I talk a great deal about the paradigm of dominion. It is a way of looking at the world that is very freeing and expansive. Symbolically it is represented as a sphere. Society is generally based on the paradigm of domination which is symbolically represented as a line. Osho speaks about peace from that place of dominion.
A man of peace is not a pacifist; a man of peace is simply a pool of silence.
He pulsates a new kind of energy into the world, he sings a new song.
He lives in a totally new way his very way of live is that of grace, that of prayer, that of compassion. Whomsoever he touches, he creates more love-energy.
The man of peace is creative. He is not against war, because to be against anything is to be at war. He is not against war, he simply understands why war exists.
And out of that understanding he becomes peaceful.
Only when there are many people who are pools of peace, silence, understanding, will the war disappear.
OSHO, from: ‘Zen: The Path of Paradox
How can you create more of peace of mind, happiness, joy and ease in your life?
With love and aloha,
Susan

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