“Do or not do. There is no try.”–Yoda

by ceilon on April 8, 2015

keep1“And so, this has seemed good to me: that a person should eat and drink, and should enjoy the fruits of his labor, in which he has toiled under the sun, for the number of the days of his life that God has given him. For this is his portion.”–Ecclesiastes 5:17

A random reading from the Bible this morning, that completely addressed my ongoing anxiety about work/life balance (which is the very root of these physical issues I’ve been having lately). It’s amazingly close to what Andy Warhol had to say: “Don’t think about making art. Just get it done. Don’t worry about whether it’s good or bad, whether people like it or not. While they’re deciding, keep making more art.”

It’s not for us to THINK all the time about what we are doing. It is for us to simply DO that which we are here to do. If we don’t know what we’re here to do, then best to simply get to doing something, anything, that keeps us in the moment. We should not always be second-guessing what we’re doing and whether we should be doing it.

Which brings another verse to mind: “Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow, and then looks back, is fit for the kingdom of God.””–Luke 9:62. And as Jesus also said in a book that did not get included in the canon, “The kingdom of [God] is spread among us and men see it not,” meaning it is not something “out there,” later, at the end of the road; it’s right here, right now, in ourselves.

If it injures our spirit, we stop. If it brings us joy and/or contentment, we continue. It’s really that simple. Do it it or don’t do it, but don’t second guess yourself all the time. “Do or not do, there is no try.”–Yoda.

Now, if only it were that simple to take my own advice.

Life is good, and I am grateful.


Hold to The Center

by ceilon on January 13, 2014

blue-fractal-art-flower-nice-wallpaper-1600x1200Today’s reading was Genesis 23 & 24, Matthew 12, Psalms 12 Proverbs 12, and the Tao chapter 12.

In all of the readings today is an admonition to hold to The Center. Abraham wants a good wife for his son, so he sends his servant back to the land of his brother to find one. He urges his servant to listen to God, and he will find the perfect partner for Abraham’s son (and he does). Jesus teaches that moving too far to the right or left of the law will cause us to stray, because we lose sight of the central message that is most important. The Proverbs call us to work diligently, but not too hard; to have compassion on our animals; that abundance is the result of labor balanced with rest.

And the Tao warns us that too trust too much in our senses will lead us astray, but a wise person will hold steady in the center of his being, in that place where we are connected directly to the Source of all things.

Our senses take us out into the world, gathering information and giving us feedback. And while information is important (I’m a data-driven person, myself–I want hard, solid facts before I make a decision about anything), the most important thing we can do is to listen to that internal voice, because it is always right.

Of course, depending on that internal voice requires that we first learn to hear it, and that takes time and patience. It also takes silence and solitude. We cannot learn to hear the Inner Voice if we are continuously in the company of others, and do not take the time to be still, be quiet, and listen.

Even once we learn the sound of that Inner Voice, and learn to listen, we don’t always hear it. Recently I hired two people in two of my different businesses. The first just wandered into the shop, and after reading her resume and conducting an interview, I knew that I should hire her. I just had a feeling. I did hire her, and it has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The second person I hired in another of my businesses was my second choice. I had already interviewed the first person, and had the same gut feeling that I should hire her. But my head said, “Don’t hire anyone at the interview. You have another person to interview tomorrow. Wait until after that interview to make a decision.” After the second interview, I realized that the second person had some skills that I could use in my business that the first person did not have, so I hired the second person.

It didn’t work out. The special skills were never utilized, she wasn’t invested in my vision for the business, and I regretted not having hired the first person that my gut said to hire.

Luckily, once the person I should not have hired left, I was able to hire the person I should have hired in the first place, and it all worked out. I was very lucky and very grateful to get a second chance to do the right thing the second time around.

I had learned to listen to that Inner Voice, but I chose to only listen to it selectively. That cost me four months of progress toward my goals. But I’m never one to count a failure as a total loss–our failures can be valuable lessons if we learn from them.

What is your Inner Voice trying to tell you? Are you listening to It, or are you listening to fear? Do yourself a favor and spend some time being still, quiet and alone. Learn the sound of your Inner Voice. And when you do, follow It.

Life is good, and I am grateful.


Come to me all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest

January 12, 2014

Today’s reading was Genesis 21 & 22, Matthew 11, Psalms 11, Proverbs 11, and the Tao chapter 11. “28 Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in […]

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The “good news” is that healing is available to EVERYONE

January 11, 2014

Today’s reading was Genesis 19 & 20, Matthew 10, Psalms 10, Proverbs 10, and the Tao chapter 10. I am too easily dismayed by the numbers of Christians who focus all of their spiritual energy on trying to get everyone around them to think and believe exactly as they do, while insisting that we’re going […]

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Believe in your own dreams, if you want them to come true

January 10, 2014

Today’s reading was Genesis 17 & 18, Matthew 9, Psalms 9, Proverbs 9, and the Tao chapter 9. How often have you hoped for, even worked for, something you really, really wanted to happen, and all the while didn’t really believe it could ever happen? A lot of people wish for what they want, and […]

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Wisdom, healing and a friendly universe

January 9, 2014

Today’s reading was Genesis 15 & 16, Matthew 8, Psalms 8, Proverbs 8, and the Tao chapter 8. “The most important decision we can make is whether this is a friendly or hostile universe. From that one decision all others spring.”–Albert Einstein The overwhelming message I gleaned from this morning’s readings is that we live […]

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Just a little old-fashioned karma coming down

January 8, 2014

Today’s reading was Genesis 13 & 14, Matthew 7, Psalms 7, Proverbs 7, and the Tao chapter 7. Karma is one of the primary things that stands out from the readings today. Psalm 7 is a prayer for refuge and justice, and ends in what happens when people plan evil for others–it just comes back […]

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Do not worry. Worry is a liar.

January 7, 2014

Today’s reading was Genesis 11 & 12, Matthew 6, Psalms 6, Proverbs 6, and the Tao chapter 6. There is so much good stuff in all the books numbered 6, for some reason. But I’m going to focus on Matthew 6:25-34 today, because it is the set of verses that gave this blog its name. […]

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Fear, anger, and the very crooked spiritual road

January 6, 2014

“Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hatred. Hatred leads to suffering.”–Yoda Today’s reading was Genesis 9 & 10, Matthew 5, Psalms 5, Proverbs 5, and the Tao chapter 5. All of today’s spiritual texts were about flubbing things, or the way not to flub things. The primary way not to flub things seems to […]

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Drawing from the infinite source

January 5, 2014

Today’s reading was Genesis 7 & 8, Matthew 4, Psalms 4, Proverbs 4, and the Tao chapter 4. I am continually astonished at the synchronicity that occurs when I truly commit myself to a particular discipline. Though I have been reading the Bible every day since 1998, in the same way, year after year, I am amazed at how […]

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