Start by Stopping and Seeing

Manie Eagar always says to start just where you are –

Breathe in, breathe out and contemplate what is behind you, where you are today, and what you can see ahead.

Even when I am frustrated, he always reminds me to Stop and See.

(Tip: Stopping and Seeing: A Comprehensive Course in Buddhist Meditation by Thomas Cleary is a classic book on this topic.)

Be inspired by Hunter S. Thompson’sExtraordinary Letter on Finding Your Purpose:

mage credit: Curt Livingston

“When we’re younger, we aspire to be firemen, ballerinas, doctors. But as we get older, our goals shift. And according to this letter the infamous Hunter S. Thompson wrote to his friend, our goals shift because we are direct results of our environment, and our perception of the world is a product of our experiences

In other words, make the goal conform to the individual, rather than make the individual conform to the goal. As the letter states, ‘decide how you want to live and then see what you can do to make a living WITHIN that way of life’.

The most important thing, is that we choose, because if we don’t our choices will ultimately be made by circumstance.” tranquilmonkey

Activity:

Read Hunter S Thomson’s letter , listen to it and reflect on how you will find your own Ninth Path.

 

Look Inside this Book for inspiration on your own creative expression along the Ninth Path.