Ram Dass said, "If you think you're enlightened, spend a week with your parents." We know what he was talking about. If we stay in the present and resist an escape plan, the experience helps us grow. Next time we are less likely to break.
I've started listening more carefully to myself. I'm not impressed. "The food is superb." Really? If Paula's two favorite foods are steak and fried chicken, she'll be disappointed.
If my physical body is standing in line at the Secretary of State or sitting in a gondola in Italy, my mind and body GPS coordinates should align. In other words, when I’m physically in line to renew my driver’s license in Colorado, my mind should also be in Colorado.
After your death you will be what you were before you were born. —Arthur Schopenhauer
Entering old age without an inner life, we risk feeling dead long before we run out of time. But first, what does it even mean to have an inner life, and how do you claim it?