The lazy man's guide to enlightenment

Just came across The Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment (PDF) yesterday. 

The first paragraph itself is outstanding:

I am a lazy man. Laziness keeps me from believing that enlightenment demands effort, discipline, strict diet, non-smoking, and other evidences of virtue. That’s about the worst heresy I could propose, but I have to be honest before I can be reverent. I am doing the work of writing this book to save myself the trouble of talking about it.

 But I also found this nugget which I had to share:

 A willing awareness will take us to heaven, a loving attitude will make us free. Nothing else controls our fate. Good or bad behavior is secondary. Whatever you are doing, love yourself for doing it. Whatever you are thinking, love yourself for thinking it. Love is the only dimension that needs to be changed. If you are not sure how it feels to be loving, love yourself for not being sure of how it feels.

I seem to be learning a lot about love these days. Love as being able to accept and contain everything, including the unlovable, including the things we don’t want, including our inability to love and accept ourselves and whatever else we might have trouble loving and accepting.

Can you love yourself not loving yourself?

Can you love not knowing how to love?

Can you love the fact that you hate yourself?

Can you love the system, the government, the institutions, the man, the rich, the poor, the republicans, the democrats, the homosexuals, the thieves, the bad guys on Wall Street, the long line at the bathroom, and whatever you have trouble loving and accepting?

Can you love yourself for not being able to love these things?

It’s really all about just letting go of any resistance to what you’re experiencing, of being willing to accept everything just as it is, right now. That doesn’t mean you condone it. It doesn’t mean it’ll have to stay that way. It just means that in this moment, you let go of any and all resistance to what is, and become willing to experience love, even if you don’t know how.


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