Teachable Tuesday|Are You Really Living?

This week’s teachable moment comes from a quote that I reflected on. Take a moment to read it, then reread it slowly letting the words sink in.

When asked what surprised him about humanity the most, the Dalai Lama replied:

“Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

Does this apply to you at all? What portion speaks to you the most? Is this the wake up call you needed today? What changes can you make in your life so that when you read this, you can look back on it satisfied that it doesn’t apply to you? Can you implement the changes in your life today? How badly do you want to live a fulfilling and prosperous life? What’s stopping you? How can you get around it? I encourage you to really marinate on some of these questions and journal your answers or come up with a plan if you are in that point in your life that you’re ready for a chance and want to take a step to creating the life you want.

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16 Replies to “Teachable Tuesday|Are You Really Living?”

  1. I can relate to this in a way, for me what stands out about this is it describes the rat run of life. We’re meant to be born, educated, marry, live, breed, retire (not that the government wants us to) and die. It’s a little cynical I know, but that’s it in essence. For me, I’m in the rut wondering what the hell happened and how to get out. 🙂

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    1. Yes, that’s what I saw in that as well. It reminds me of when I had enough of living my life like that and finally decided I wasn’t having any more of it. Sometimes you have to make a drastic change and others it’s about identifying one aspect that doesn’t work, fixing it and then everything else comes into balance.

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  2. Yes, it speaks to me. Especially this part “And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future”. I’m always anxious about the future. For me – I just need to slow the heck down and enjoy the present and not worry about the future. Stop trying to plan everything.

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    1. Yes!!! Life is so amazing when we can slow down and enjoy what’s around us and really be in the moment we’re in. So many times even if we aren’t worried, we’re focused on everything other than where we are and what we’re doing. I can’t remember but someone was on Super Soul Sunday and said just be in the shower; be in the moment! Don’t run a list through your head, don’t make plans, don’t start analyzing. Feel the water, the temperature, smell the soap and conditioner, enjoy the experience…simple but profound and this can be applied to every scenario in the day. Thanks for sharing Tikeetha 🙂


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