Monday, October 09, 2006

Daily Meditation for Monday:

In this world the wise one holds onto confidence and wisdom. Those are the greatest treasures; all other riches are pushed aside. - Buddha
The material world is necessary. Food, clothing, shelter allow us to move up in the Bloom's Taxonomy. Taking care of the base needs for survival we are able to grow and change and evolve. The material world provides for us those necessities and also provides a desire for more. In our culture the pursuit of more is overpowering casting a shadow upon most of everything. More, bigger, better, never enough. There is always more. There comes a time when all of that is no longer the pursuit. Granted we still need and desire and want to live a live that is full and comfortable. Not many want to be out on the streets wanting for their rice bowl to filled by the comfort of strangers.
The wise holds onto wisdom. interesting. Confidence and wisdom. To know confidence. To know we are each capable of becoming what is desired. Confidence in who we are and where we are going and confidence in our relationships with ourselves, our families, our friends, our mentors, and the universal spirit. Confidence and faith seem to go hand and hand. Confidence and faith are connected in that confidence is a faith within ourselves and faith is a confidence in that higher power. Confidence in our actions and thoughts seems to gain strength and comfort when that faith in the spirit is nurtured and sought. Confidence in the self without the ego involved. The conceit and narcissism that comes from a confidence in the self that is not tempered with the faith. Lines are parallel and the results are similar but the lives touched and the impact of the actions are so much different when one glorifies the self and one glorifies the spirit of the universe.
The riches of the world are a glossy coating. Like a photograph that has lost its shine and luster over time the gathering of things around us does not keep us satisfied. The objects of desire on this day do not last. They fulfill us but for a moment. The desire is filled and then another object is sought to fill a desire. Maybe the desire that is sought is not for objects and things but is translated poorly in our minds and actions and the desire is really something needed to be connected to ourselves and others and spirit. It is perhaps a transference. Desire leads to suffering. Cessation of the desire.
Wisdom. Impossible to speak intelligently on wisdom when one has none. Wisdom of the ages and of the sages. Wisdom comes also from that faith that devotion. Wisdom to know the difference. Courage to change. again it is all about faith and confidence. I never really considered confidence in this light before. I think I am liking the new definition and outlook. Always before confidence was something I did not know I had. Lacking it not in the extreme but lacking it to a degree. No more.

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