Actions without expectations can speak louder

Whatever we do in our lives, we have a tendency to attach an expectation to it. When we are running, eating, working, helping, praying etc., there is always a thought which reminds us of the gains from our action.  This thought creates friction to the actual action in progress. This friction might manifest into lack of focus, loss of commitment, impatience, feverishness, and anxiety etc. In addition, the mind tends to go in the future, distancing us from our current situation.

In order to make good progress with our action, we may want to give up on our expectation of the end result. As a consequence, all the issues will tend to fade away. In addition, what we might get back has an element of surprise in it, since we already have given up on this expectation. When we come into this momentum, our mind will be in the present moment and free, and actions will speak more loudly with better results.

These are some of the lessons I have learnt from Ashtavakra Gita’s discourse, given by H. H. Sri Sri Ravishankar, hosted by the Art of Living foundation. The idea was tough to digest and practice since having no expectations is an expectation within itself. So I reduced my expectations gradually until my actions were in no expectation phase. The biggest difference I saw was to be in the present moment and stay more focused.

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Center of Freedom

Carrying negative impressions from the past makes us weaker. For example, if someone made a negative remark on us in the past, we take it to our heart and suffer from it. Any negative action on us in our past implants a seed of negativity and it grows gradually, manifesting into negative actions on other people. Anyone subjected to this situation thinks that doing bad to others gratifies them. However, they do not see this as a loss of character and values. In addition, such events keep gathering within us and we tend to see life under a negative influence. This impacts our day to day activities, plus the way we deal with our surroundings. This results in loss of time, energy and degradation of our value system.

To overcome this situation, we should focus on a resolution, rather than getting lost in the emotion. We can imagine the world as a circle made up of good and bad, and these act as end points of the circle’s diameter. By staying calm and observing the end points, we tend to act as the center of this circle. Eventually as observers, we do not let these events latch on to us and create a negative impression. As a result, we get over them, stop suffering and stay healthy.

Your life is your own hands, please be in this center of freedom.

These are some of the lessons I have learnt from Ashtavakra Gita’s discourse, given by H. H. Sri Sri Ravishankar, hosted by the Art of Living foundation.

Stay Calm, Be present

Some of us look at the past and see it as a better time. Some carry the baggage of bad memories.  Meanwhile, others keep visualizing for a better future.  And many are lost between the two. If our current situation was for the good, we never realize it, as we are already lost in the confusion.  In this confusion, any tough situation will appear tougher.  In short, we are blind to the value of the present.

How do we deal with this scenario?

Please try to get over the past memories and learn from the bad experiences. Know that our future can only be secured if our current is stable. If a tough situation came, we should be thankful for the opportunity as it there to give us a lesson, and honor it with full commitment.  Let us all wake up and be present. So next time I am going bumper to bumper in traffic (101 traffic), it is time to be thankful and happy, and listen to my favorite radio station, a little longer.

The actual confusion is in our minds, get rid of it and stay free. Being calm and stable is our very nature, so let us all go there.

These are some of the lessons I have learnt from Ashtavakra Gita’s discourse, given by H. H. Sri Sri Ravishankar, hosted by the Art of Living foundation.