SO MANY GURUS. SO LITTLE TIME?
GURU = Gee You Are You
There are sooooo many different types of ‘self-help gurus’ and philosophies out there these days.
Definition of Guru — Wikipedia ‘In pan-Indian traditions, guru is someone more than a teacher, traditionally a reverential figure to the student, with the guru serving as a “counselor, who helps mold values, shares experiential knowledge as much as literal knowledge, an exemplar in life, an inspirational source and who helps in the spiritual …’
Just a sample of some New Age. New Thought gurus. There’s Wayne Dyer, Eckart Tolle, Neal Donald Walsch, Marianne Williamson, Deepak Chopra, Louise Hay, Eckhart Tolle, Anthony Robbins, Mooji.
Also so many choices in spiritual philosophies.
- Mindfulness Meditation
- Science of Mind
- The Law of Attraction
- Silent retreats
- Course in Miracles
Then there are other philosophies which promise enlightenment like Taoism, Buddhism.
The list goes on.
Honestly, I’ve probably studied them all — at least I am familiar with them all — since around age 15. I was always an ‘enlightenment seeker’.
Some jokingly say that GURU stands for- Gee You Are U. I like that one.
I really do believe all these gurus and paths are basically espousing the exact same stuff with just a slightly different angle or way of saying it. What I’ve come to believe is that at the core of most all spiritual philosophies and most basic religions are two almost constant principals.
2. BE HERE NOW
( Simple. So it seems. Even though people complicate it. )
So, all we need to know to be ‘enlightened’ is
- BE GRATEFUL and
- BE HERE NOW
I do think this is true.
I’d love to practice these two things more this year. These two things could put all the guru, self-help, new thought philosophies out of business. We can save so much time and money and effort if we just do these two simple things?
Of course, I am talking to myself too. I also complicate things far too much. Bob, my other half wisely says …life is simple… he likes keeping it simple. He might’ve gotten this easygoing, Buddha-like concept from his dad. His dad Zeke was a special guy. Super peaceful dude. He died a few years back but he definitely did seem to embody those 2 qualities.
Ok, let’s start with #1.
I have been writing my Gratitude List daily in my journal (honestly before Oprah even suggested it!) since I was young. I’ve always gotten value in doing it. It always helps me to wrangle in my monkey mind to get consciously aware of what’s good around me.
I’ve even stopped myself in the middle of some panicky situations to ask ..what’s good now?what’s good here? which seems to help me.
Even the simplest things are great to remind myself of. The basics like:
- ‘Hey, I don’t live in Aleppo Syria!’
- ‘I have my health’.
- “I am living in a democracy’.
- ‘My cats are damn cute and are safe and sound and healthy’.
I like what writer Anne Lamott says about GRATITUDE:
‘Gratitude, not understanding, is the key to joy and equanimity. I think this holds up. Understanding has not been proven to be that useful very often. But Gratitude and Thankfulness that sense of having been helped, seen, saved, enriched by a life, a good person, a lucky break is magic.’
Be thankful for what you have and you will get more of that thing — is a popular theme in many of these belief systems.
So, here is my GRATITUDE LIST from my journal from yesterday.
I was looking around the town I live and seeking out the good stuff about it:
I live in a very quiet peaceful town.
The weather is never too extreme here. Not too cold or hot. Pleasant overall climate.
There’s very little traffic or traffic jams around here (especially winter non-tourist months).
There’s a very low crime rate here. I rarely feel unsafe living here.
We live in a very peaceful neighborhood –although Bob and I might be one of 5 English speaking people.
We live super close to all amenities. A 5-minute drive to grocery stores, Walmarts, Kmart, Starbucks, all fast foods, a Belk, five different Dollar Stores, a Big Lots, a Harbor Freight Tools (Bob’s favorite!) and a zillion restaurants.
We live 2 minutes from a large library and four minutes from Books a Million, and a Joannes too.
We live just a short drive to Asheville, Louisville, Nashville etc.
#2 : BE HERE NOW
This one seems self-explanatory. Just live in this moment, right here right now.
Don’t get caught up in yesterday’s regrets or sadness or tomorrow’s fears or anxieties. In THIS MOMENT there is peace.
So, I’ll try to take my own advice right now, at least for this moment anyway.
I’ll be GRATEFUL for what is
and I’ll enjoy.
I should be officially enlightened now, eh??
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