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Tuesday, September 28, 2010
There must be a bridge between Acceptance and Enjoyment. I find Tolle's idea that acceptance brings peace and then when we are at peace we begin to enjoy what we are doing, a bridge between the two. Here is what Tolle says: "When you make the present moment, instead of past and future, the focal point of your life, your ability to enjoy what you do--and with it the quality of your life--increases dramatically. Joy is the dynamic aspect of Being. When the creative power of the universe becomes conscious of itself, it manifests as joy."
He also says that there is more meaning in joy than we will ever need so we do not need to wait to enjoy what we do. I guess I often am not living in the present and so miss the opportunity to really enjoy what I am doing! Then Tolle reminds us that the joy does not come from what we do; "it flows into what you do and thus into the world from deep within you."
Again, this is learning to be attentive, to live in the present and we will enjoy what we are doing. The joy of Being is the joy of being conscious.
"I am the hole in the flute that the Christ's breath moves through. Listen to this music." Hafiz, the 14th century Persian poet and Sufi master- quoted by Tolle.