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Emerson: “As long as a man [person] stands in his own way everything seems to be in his way (page 27.”
Zen: In sitting: “Craving is extinguished and a great burden is lifted. There remains only an effortless flow, without a trace of resistance or tension. There remains only peace, and blessed nibbana [nirvana], the uncreated, is realized (page 169).”
Thoughts are what stand in our way. Everyday our thoughts, create our cravings, which create our resistance and tension which robs us of our peace. As the cartoon illustrates sometimes even physical harm may come from those words that slip out seconds before you can retract them!
When those words slip out they can cause great damage to you and to your family, friends, and co-workers. They can get in the way of a great job opportunity, relationship, or friendship.
The practice of mindfulness, meditation, and Buddhism can help you create a life where you think first and speak second. Following the Simple 3 P’s principle where you Prepare, Practice, and then Perform may well revolutionize your life. Practicing these 3 simple steps can keep you from getting in your own way. They can help you make friends, find new adventures, discover new ideas, and more!
When you begin to recognize that it is “you” standing in your own way and not someone or something else it will be like a big light bulb going on in your head. It will act as the headlights of your life and will show what’s ahead of you with clarity and precision and will help keep you from tripping all over yourself. It will definitely help you get out of your own way!
As Emerson said, “As long as a man stands in his own way everything seems to be in his way.” So my advice to you today is to stop standing in your own way! Give up your craving, your burdens, your resistance, and take up the mantle of peace and effortless flow! Then stand back and watch what happens. Each day you’ll be tripping over those things you thought were standing in your way less and less until they disappear altogether! That will keep you from looking like the man above in the cartoon! So let’s practice the Simple 3 P’s Prepare, Practice and Perform getting out of your own way!
Let me know how it goes!
In gassho, Shokai
  Floris, O. Inspiration & Wisdom from the pen of Ralph Waldo Emerson. www.odeliafloris.com
 Gunaratana, B. (2011) Mindfulness in Plain English. Boston: Wisdom Publications
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What does it mean to be free? There will be different connotations if you live in the middle of a war zone in the Middle East, or in a job that you feel chained to that is joyless and boring, or if you are incarcerated in a prison “behind the fence” as we say. Then there is the prison of our minds and emotions that keep us from being free of our thoughts of lack, limitation, and ill health.
As a college professor I have seen that fear in my students eyes when they enter my developmental English class and know that they will not be free to take the “for credit courses” and earn a degree in their favorite area of study if they don’t pass my class. And yet at some time during that semester I can see the light go on in their minds when they finally “get it.” They are finally free of their negative thoughts and fears and able to move on with their education.
H. Emily Cady in her book Lessons in Truth wrote:
You may think that something stands between you and your heart’s desire, and so live with that desire unfulfilled, but it is not true. This “thing” is a bugaboo under the bed that has no reality. Deny it, deny it, and you will find yourself free, and you will realize that this seeming was all false. Then you will see the good flowing into you, and you will see clearly that nothing can stand between you and your own [good/freedom].
You will be free!
Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 27 years and yet he was still able to be a powerful symbol of black resistance to apartheid. On February 11, 1990 he was released by President de Klerk and in 1991 he was elected president of the African National Congress. In 1993 Mandela and President de Klerk were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work toward dismantling apartheid.
A similar story can be told in our country about Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Susan Bright Eyes LaFlesche (Omaha Native American civil rights activist.) and R.C. Gorman painter, sculptor and Native American the first Native American to be internationally recognized as a major American artist.
Freedom: Nothing stood in the way of their “hearts desire.” Do not let anything stand in yours either. Freedom is not a place—it is a consciousness.
Be free to meet your good today! Let me know how that goes!
 Cady, H.E. (1903). Lessons in Truth. Unity Village, MO: Unity House
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