Exaggeration as Inspiration– 02.13.04

Guiding Thought

I am fulfilled! I am filled to the utmost capacity! I embody All that is. I am beyond complete! I accept and receive the beautiful gift of Life and Know the perfection of the Love I Am. In gratitude I share this Love with All that is.


Wow. These are heady words. Beyond complete! Filled to bursting with Love and gratitude. I love it. It brings to mind two of my favorite people on the planet; my wife Mary, and a dear friend in Hawaii. They are some of the happiest people I know. They laugh a lot, and find so much in their lives to be grateful for. And they share that gratitude generously with all. They have just as many challenges in their lives as the rest of us, it’s not that Life goes easy on them.  But they smile, and laugh, and find Joy all about them, even in trying circumstances. They are inspirations to me.

In the Buddhist tradition, Bodhisattva vows make some amazing statements, such as:  Sentient beings are numberless. I vow to save them. Desires are inexhaustible. I vow to put an end to them. At first these vows seemed absurd to me, they are impossible to achieve. And yet, these vows are inspirations that point us in the direction of what we can aspire to in our lives. They are “exaggerations” that inspire me.  And that makes me laugh. I am a Virgo by nature, and “Virgos never exaggerate”. (Not!) So now I chuckle and laugh and appreciate these “exaggerations”.

So it is with much gratitude and loving laughter that I embrace the possibilities that I am beyond complete and fulfilled to the utmost capacity. I am filled to bursting with gratitude!

Simple. To experience wholeness, to simply be. So often my journey is an intellectual search. If I can just read the right book, crack the one koan, meditate deeply enough. If only.

Simple to just be, to pause at the water’s edge, and experience the sights, sounds and smells. No analysis needed. That is Freedom.