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Success in the world is often a show, it’s an illusion of accomplishment. Even if you build the tallest building, someone might decide to fly a plane into it and send it crashing to the ground, making of it a monument to hurt and anger.
Even if you win the Academy Award for Best Actor like Paul Muni or Paul Scofield for spectacularly brilliant performances – people might completely forget you ever existed or your accomplishment ever happened. And would it make any difference if they did remember?
Someday it may be that no one will remember Madonna or Tom Cruise. Franklin Pierce was President of the United States of America for 4 years and I’ll bet you cannot name one thing he did that is noteworthy.
If we define success by something outside of us then we’re missing the opportunity to experience true and lasting success.
What is success to you?
What do you really value most?
The only thing we can take with us from this human life is our awareness. What’s your focus now? Are you placing your attention on something that has lasting value? If not, then is it a surprise that you don’t feel successful?
When we place our attention on being loving and sharing Love, then we’re focusing on something of lasting value and we can feel the difference it makes. That’s true success.
What I love about the power of an effective spiritual practice is that you can immediately start to feel successful. With a very simple spiritual practice you can change your life from messy to miraculous.
Having a spiritual practice that you can apply throughout your day, under whatever circumstances, is a big step towards feeling empowered, confident and secure.
Spiritual practice is how we eliminate insecurity and self-doubt. Working in form, pushing density isn’t the way to feel truly successful. Healing our mind is the way to discover a success beyond this world, that’s also effective IN this world. And that’s a truly wonderful thing!
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