Author: Behram Ghista
We are not limited by the world around us. In fact, we are not even of the world around us. We are supernatural, pure spirit, resplendent in the glory of creation itself.
Would you like to experience true fulfillment? Well, then, how often do you recognise and take up the opportunities for crafting an exceptional life? We all desire positive emotions and equally uplifting experiences, but just wanting is never enough. We broadcast our inner state to others at all times; when the broadcast is inspirational, we enrich ourselves and others. But when people sense our fear and timidity, we become an instant target for manipulation and abuse.
There is a Chinese saying: “A man must wait with his mouth open for a very long time before a roast duck will fly in.” Similarly, we cannot have our wishbone where our backbone ought to be and expect life to offer us its bounty without any skilled effort on our part. And so, we must not let precious moments slip by day in and day out, by allowing our fear, doubt and inertia to immobilize us. To take our rightful place in this world, we must learn to step forward boldly into new frontiers of thought, feeling and action.
The sad thing is that we are not very good at predicting what will make us truly happy. Our ability to predict how joyful or miserable we will feel after we achieve what we aim for is surprisingly poor. Yet, the simple willingness to view life as an adventure in self-discovery and personal mastery is more vital in the long run, than waiting for the right moment to take action.
Like mountain climbing, the aspiration to empower ourselves and others is based, at times, on tough and risky challenges. But these demanding growth-points can be exhilarating when we are inspired to give our best to the world. They are also immensely rewarding, because of the deep fulfillment they yield, as we flourish in the process of discovering and applying our strengths, one step at a time.
Our convictions determine our reality. Understanding how to surmount doubt, fear and set-backs is an important requirement for experiencing a fulfilling and enriching life. It is really a matter of choice to learn to be unstoppable in achieving the outcomes that add value to our life and the lives of others.
Typically, we believe that there are purely rational ways for deciding important matters and that if we can’t make a clear decision it is because we have insufficient data. But, decision-making is often independent of data gathering. Generating more questions will not help either, because there is no logical stopping point to this approach to living. We might just as well pick a moment to stop asking questions, recognising that every moment is pivotal in itself, for transporting us to spectacular heights. We can then work on making the decision right, rather than being obsessive about making the right decision.
Although we may wish for the best things in life, in reality we are where we are because of the choices we have been making from moment to moment. Obtaining prosperity in its truest form, is not about what we are willing to do to gain it; but more importantly, about what we are willing to give up in exchange for it. It is like the making of an extraordinary athlete. The first thing the athlete has to confront is a series of questions: “What am I willing to give up, to be exceptional? Am I willing to give up the time I spend with my friends; the parties; the sleep; the procrastination; the indiscipline?”
Instead of being concerned with what makes you feel good, invest your time and attention in discovering what will make you great. Don’t let the dazzling heights you aspire to, scare you from getting started. To make your loftiest contribution to yourself and others, you must aspire to be the longed for difference, making a qualitative difference, in this longing world. So, are you ready to venture boldly and passionately into discovering the glory within you for the benefit of all beings including yourself?
Behram Ghista, born in Mumbai, India, in 1955, ha s bee n studying and practicing the Buddhist way of life since 1980. To taste the “true flavour” of the teachings, he trained under various Masters in India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Japan. In 1989, after long & fruitful years of study and practice, Behram was authorised to teach the Dharma by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, who is the Spiritual Director of The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), which has over 154 centres in 37 countries around the world. Since then, he travels worldwide, conducting talks, workshops and retreats, as an accomplished international teacher with over 26 years of experience. Although qualified as a Graphic Designer with a Masters Degree from the USA, Behram has dedicated his life to introducing others to a qualitative way of living which promotes a flourishing life, not only for themselves, but also for others. His teaching s are presented with immense clarity in a light-hearted and humorous fashion, and can easily be applied in all aspects of daily living.
Behram is currently offering public talks, workshops and retreats in Brisbane for more information visit www.innerartistry.org/