Gandhi’s Top Ten Fundamentals
For Changing the World/Your World
A good friend shared Gandhi’s timely message and it served to be the beautiful reminder of a some things I have not been mindful of late. I was challenged by this to really think about how I apply these ten tenets to my own life. The timing is impeccable as is typical from friends with a heart of music.
Gracias y paz os sean Pablo.
1.) Change Yourself
There has been much discussion on how to go about this from prophets to self-help gurus. All have discovered one thing for certain in common; Only by beginning to change how we think may we truly begin to change ourselves.
2.) You are in Control
It is within our own grasp to begin to take ownership for what happens in our lives. To be empowered by the knowledge that we gain in passing through & living the life. The wisdom we gain. I refuse to give this power to anyone or anything else.
3.) Forgive & Let go.
We tend to get into these mind bends where our ego cannot let go in fear of appearing wrong, ignorant, or even uncaring. Who in the end does the destruction of not forgiving hurt? Not letting go grows into something heavier than we should ever be carrying in our hearts.
4.) Without action you aren’t going anywhere
This I find is a necessary component physically, emotionally, and of course most important spiritually. Nothing progresses in my life until I take some kind of action. My mother was fond of saying to my two brothers and I that in times of indecisiveness inaction is a negative, that as long as I did something it was better than just indecisiveness. Even if my choice in the end was wrong I took the risk to create an action.
5..) Take Care of this Moment ~
Live in the now. Be mindful of this moment and nurture it for all its worth. There will never be another one like it.
6.) EVERYONE IS HUMAN
Thankfully so. Remembering that the other person comes with his or her own history and we don’t always know what that is. Or understand it.
Ahh… this is the tenet has been a paramount belief in my life that I was to see early on in my life is an asset. I would have not discovered even a fraction of what I have delightfully found out about this world without being persistent.
8.) See the good in people & help them,
I know when I get out side of my own head I see things in a different light. By serving my community whether it be my own small community of family & friends, the town I live in, my country & universe. I see the goodness that is there. Through these other life forces I gain a different perspective. I NEED to get away from my own thoughts once in a while by focusing on others.
9.) Be congruent, Be Authentic, Be Your True Self
This for me is certainly a #9. I have been striving the latter few years to live as authentic as I am able. Even when it is not so comfortable to do. My beliefs and convictions mean nothing if they come from a less than honest agenda on my part. Building anything on less than my true self is building nothing. To be true to myself means I am able to be true to you.