Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Being Relentless

Being relentless can play a critical role in transforming your life. The energy of relentlessness is useful in absolutely every moment of your day. We suggest starting with daily activities, the actions and experiences you have every single day of your life. There's a natural progression to the more difficult and the more delightful experiences as they happen with continued and relentless training in your day-to-day existence.

Relentlessly challenge your long-held views

This is the first step in living a relentless life. If we do not constantly challenge the old ways, how will anything in our life and community ever improve? We are bound to remain as mistaken and as stubborn as we've ever been, and if we do not continuously challenge all of our views, we will continue to be mistaken for the remainder of this life.

Sometimes, stubborness can be seen as being relentless. This is not the case. Relentlessly challenging your life truncates the negative impact of being overly stubborn. If you honestly engage in this process, it is impossible to hold onto any mistaken view.

Relentlessly utilize your belief and value system to everything you do

Our belief and value systems leaves fingerprints on everything we do and everyone we encounter. If our beliefs are sound and just, there is no fear of negative repercussions from using that belief structure in everthing that we do. If we do not apply belief to our everyday life, than it really isn't a belief we hold at all.

This is where relentlessly challenging our views plays a critical role. Our beliefs are changing constantly. The only way to ferret out what is truth and what is ignorance is to take what we believe and value and put it into immediate use. The outcomes will speak for themselves. Taking a longer view of outcomes is also critical. Sometimes, momentary pain and loss yield a more stable and less painful life.

Relentlessly explore frustrating people and circumstances for understanding and compassion, for yourself and for others

As long as we are alive, we will encounter people and circumstances that are frustrating. The frustration really says more about ourselves than the people that evoke that feeling. No one is out here on their own. We all have a role in how people behave and what people do. Many circumstances and people have led everybody you meet to be doing and saying and feeling the way that they do.

Finding some understanding for all people can at first seem exhausting, but the more we attempt to find understanding, the less likely we are to become frustrated and angry when encountering less than ideal situations and less than friendly people. We're still going to be losing our cool for countless days, weeks, months and years, but we must start somewhere. Otherwise, we'll just be reacting the same way til our end.

Developing compassion for others has always been easy for us, because we have suffered. Anyone that frustrates you, also frustrates other people. Having people frustrated with you usually creates less than ideal reactions from those people. Think of all you've said or done in the heat of anger. How many people that you've expressed that anger toward have held onto the memory of that anger the next time they see you?

Imagine living in a world with all this negative, angry energy being lobbed back and forth everywhere a person finds themselves. That's an incredibly painful place to live and breathe. Maybe, we can do something different. Instead of continuing to react to angry people with anger or frustration, we breathe some compassion and understanding into the situation. We'll certainly benefit from this. Possibly, the angry person may benefit as well.

Relentlessly find patience for yourself and others

We must have patience for ourselves. That's the place to start with patience. Our entire lives we've been living a different kind of life. Now, we're getting involved in our life. It is not going to be like flipping a switch and all of sudden everything in our life is wonder and delight. It is a long process to transform your life. So please, have some patience for yourself.

We will get angry, we will get upset, we will experience pain and suffering. This is a journey, a process. There's no one answer, there never has been. If we keep at it, applying patience at every step, we'll begin to see progress in our life and improvements in our community. When we make misteps or mistakes, don't be so hard on yourself. Don't be hard on others either.

Relentlessly analyze the outcomes of your actions, thoughts and intentions

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