Having a vision and dream and living it, is perhaps the most fulfilling and exciting journey for you on the planet. Yet many when asked about their dream say they have never thought about it. For others, it is unsettling to open that drawer in the cupboard of life. They prefer to keep it closed.
My spiritual teacher recently shared a story in his recent talk. Bill Gates and Warren Buffet were having dinner together and Bill’s father asked them a question. You are among the richest men in the world, what made you successful? They both wrote down a word individually and yes you guessed it right, they both wrote, “Focus.” Not surprising, but that is what it takes.
Jeffrey Weiner, the CEO of Linked In, defined compassion as walking a mile in the other person’s shoe. It is empathy plus action he said. When you practice compassion, you not only help others but also yourselves. The subject of compassion has been researched extensively and found to have a far-reaching and profound impact on who you can be. At the physical level, practising compassion can heal you in many ways such as balance heart rhythms, reduce blood pressure and stress, improve immunity, induce wellness and even increase your life span to name a top few. At an emotional level, practicing compassion can make you more happy, relaxed, enthusiastic, generous, forgiving and peaceful. And then, at a spiritual level, compassion uplifts your conscientiousness and helps you cure deep-seated blocks and suffering.
Have you explored your worst fears? My teacher used to say face your fears – “what if your worst fears came true?” Unsettling and scary as it may seem, we have all faced fearful situations – from the material to the emotional. The death of a loved one, loss in business, natural calamity, a bad diagnosis, loss of a job when you need it most are some examples.