Today like most days that I don't have my son I got up and after getting ready I head downstairs to my office. And from the time I woke up to about noon I had not stepped outside and just by looking from the windows it seemed to me that it was a hot and humid day. At noon I decided to go out and as soon as I drove the car out of the garage with the windows down, I was pleasantly surprised how wonderful the air felt and how much cooler and pleasant the weather was from what I had perceived.
The moral to this story is that our perceptions and beliefs trick us, make things very rigid, and don't leave much room for expansion. Perceptions and beliefs could be about something small and non-trivial to bigger more trivial aspects of life. It could be as small as I believe that I have to have my coffee every morning otherwise I will be a zombie, to I must behave and do certain things in order to be accepted by the masses and that they don't judge me. But no matter how small or big, if you like to expand your life, then the first step is to become aware of these beliefs and perceptions. And being aware means not judging yourself or why you have a certain belief but be more of a neutral observer and allow those beliefs come to surface. The next step is to go to the root of them without judging yourself or putting blame on yourself or others, just see where they are coming from ... as if you are on a lovely path and does not matter what direction you go it will be pretty nice. The more you practice this awareness, the more these beliefs loose their power and grip over you, and you find yourself pleasantly surprised, just as I was by today's gorgeous weather. All it takes is awareness and a non-judgmental loving attitude toward yourself and even your beliefs.
I would like to end with some of my favorite quotes from Osho on this topic, and remember to keep on Watching, Living, Loving, and most important of all Enjoying.
“There is great difference between trust and belief. Trust is personal, Belief is social.” - Osho
“If you have a belief and you come against an experience which the belief says is not possible, or, the experience is such that you have to drop the belief, what are you going to choose — the belief or the experience? The tendency of the mind is to choose the belief, to forget about the experience. That’s how you have been missing many opportunities" Osho
"Do you understand the difference between invention and discovery? A discovery is about truth, an invention is manufactured by you. It is man-manufactured fiction. Certainly it has given consolation, but consolation is not the right thing! Consolation is opium. It keeps you unaware of the reality, and life is flowing past you so quickly – seventy years will be gone soon. Anybody who gives you a belief system is your enemy, because the belief system becomes the barrier for your eyes, you cannot see the truth. The very desire to find the truth disappears. But in the beginning it is bitter if all your belief systems are taken away from you. The fear and anxiety which you have been suppressing for millennia, which is there, very alive, will surface immediately. No God can destroy it, only the search for truth and the experience of truth – not a belief – is capable of healing all your wounds, of making you a whole being." Osho
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