Monday, May 5, 2014

Enlightenment Is Not A Goal

I love talking spirituality. I really do. But it can be a tricky path to walk. A razor's edge. Why?

Because in our world of doing, we consider everything as a way to get us somewhere better.
We work hard for promotions or better pay or financial independence or to master our skills.
We put in extra hours at the gym or on our work. We stay in the grind because we know that the more effort we expel, the greater our return.

But when we take this competitive, more is more, working-for-the-final-destination attitude to our spiritual practice, we find that we never quite arrive.

That's because...

Enlightenment is not a goal.

Meditation is not a task to cross off of your to-do list.
Clarity is not a direct product of hours clocked on the meditation cushion or yoga mat.

It is our willingness to drop our stories and embody the present in whatever moment we are in.
It is a constant, lifelong practice.
It is diligence.
It is, dare I say it, work.

Not work in the traditional sense.
More a…dedication.
A do it even when you don't want to because it's good for you.
A do it even when it stops being glamorized in the main stream media.
A do it even when you aren't instagramming your yoga mat.
A do it even when there's no one to talk about it with.

It's a practice, and you will never reap the full reward of that practice unless you do it often, with sincerity and a humble heart.

You are already enlightened.

There is nothing you need to do.

Just remember. 

All my love,

xo Ashley

1 comment:

  1. This is such a great post, Ashley! It's so true and so easy for us to forget that in the fast paced world that we live in! Especially when you work for yourself, so much can feel like you need to do, do, do all the time. This is a wonderful reminder that we need to remember! Thanks for sharing x