Driving With Your Brakes On

Do you want to be one of those people who society says made it? Made what?! Made fools of themselves because they drained all their energy getting something that was worthless. Do you call that a success? These people are miserable. They’re unhappy; they don’t enjoy life. They are constantly tense and anxious. If you contemplate this long enough, you will experience a disgust so deep that you will instinctively fling every attachment away as…

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Life’s Symphony

You also falsely think that your fears protect you, that your beliefs have made you what you are, and that your attachments make your life exciting and secure. You fail to see that they are actually a screen between you and life’s symphony. It is quite impossible, of course, to be fully conscious of every note in life’s symphony. But if your spirit becomes unclogged and your senses open, you will begin to perceive things as…

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A Farmyard Tale

A man found an eagle’s egg and put it in the nest of a backyard hen. The eaglet hatched with the brood of chicks and grew up with them. All his life, the eagle did what the backyard chickens did, thinking he was a backyard chicken. He scratched the earth for worms and insects. He clucked and cackled. And he would thrash his wings and fly a few feet into the air. Years passed, and…

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A Guru’s Tale

A disciple told his guru that he was going to a far place to meditate and hopefully attain enlightenment. So he sent the guru a note every six months to report the progress he was making. The first report said, “Now I understand what it means to lose the self.” The guru tore up the note and threw it in the waste- paper basket. After six months, he got another report, which said, “Now I…

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A Hasidic’s Tale

The Jews of a small town in Russia were eagerly awaiting the arrival of a rabbi. It was going to be a rare event, so they spent a lot of time preparing the questions they were going to put to the holy man. When he finally arrived and they met with him in the town hall, he could sense the tension in the atmosphere as all prepared to listen to the answers he had for…

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A Sufi’s Tale

The sufi Bayazid said this about himself: I was a revolutionary when I was young, and all my prayer to God was, “Lord, give me the energy to change the world.” As I approached middle age and realized that half my life was gone without my changing a single soul, I changed my prayer to “Lord, give me the grace to change all those who come in contact with me—just my family and friends—and I…

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A Worshiper’s Tale

There was once a woman who was religious and devout and filled with love for God. Each morning she would go to church and, on her way, children would call out to her, beggars would accost her, but so immersed was she in her devotions that she did not even see them. Now one day she walked down the street in her customary manner and arrived at the church just in time for service. She…

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A Great Paradox

from Rediscovering Life by Anthony DeMello The Japanese have a powerful tale about a man running away from a tiger, who comes to a precipice. Unable to stop his momentum, he stumbles and goes over the edge, sliding down helplessly, until he slides into a bush and manages to grab hold of one of its branch . When he looks up through the bush, he sees the tiger waiting for him at the top. When…

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A Free Person

from A Way to God for Today by Anthony DeMello This a story about a free person.  It concerns a unwed girl in a Japanese fishing village who became pregnant and was beaten by her parents until the girl confessed who the father was. “It was the Zen master,” she said. “The one living in the temple outside the village.” The parents were indignant and so were all the villagers and they marched up to…

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Peace for Busy People

from A Way to God for Today by Anthony DeMello There is no formula for instant peace. You have to find the time for it. If you tell me you don’t have the time, I’ll compromise with you.  I recommend that you do something during the day. Let’s suppose you’re driving your car, get the feel of the steering wheel, get the feel of the seat of the car, get the feel of your feet touching…

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