Monday Musings & Inspiration: Reflections on Enlightenment

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This weekend, we heard an albeit simple yet profound definition of enlightenment.  Enlightenment is conscious awareness of how you feel at any moment in time.  In other words, are you in harmony with the essence of you, or are you in a state of discord?

 

It also means that you know what to do when you do not feel great.  That means you have to value feeling wonderful.  In our mastermind, our partner came up with this analogy.

 

He likened it as heading in a direction, and all of a sudden you find yourself on the wrong off or on  ramp. Many would get angry and upset with themselves, and work themselves into a frenzy trying to find a way to right their direction.

 

The bigger the frenzy, the bigger the momentum of having everything go wrong, and continue throughout one's day.  Enlightenment would mean pulling along side of the road taking a breath, and righting oneself in the direction you need to go it.

 

When you do that, life begins to flow again, and your momentum becomes a harmonious flow, where everything goes peacefully downstream in the perfect direction.  The happier you are, the more you appreciate, the more life works out for you.  It is as simple as that.

 

"There is no enlightenment outside of daily life."

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

 

"Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water."

~ Gautama Buddha

 

"If I could define enlightenment briefly I would say it is 'the quiet acceptance of what is'."

~ Wayne Dyer

 

"To become learned, each day add something. To become enlightened, each day drop something"

~ Laozi

 

Wishing Everyone a great week!

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Comments (22)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Alexandra and Ron - it seems that enlightenment has much to do with remaining aware of the bigger picture.  More fulfillment, less frenzy.  

Sep 13, 2021 08:36 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Michael Jacobs 

Exactly, and some just do not believe it so easy (relatively speaking).  Humans are often wedded to their misery, and many feel guilty when it comes to happiness.  A

Sep 13, 2021 08:42 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

A very nice selection of quotes, Alexandra. I learned a long time ago to take a breath and settle myself before doing or saying anything that might be inappropriate or dangerous. Although I can't say I've ever thought of myself as being enlightened as a result.

Sep 13, 2021 09:00 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello A and I try to be happy most the time, does not pay to be upset with things.  Thanks for the great quotes.

 

Sep 13, 2021 10:02 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Nina Hollander, Broker We are enlightened whenever we are aligned with ourselves and are acting from our own essence instead of how we look to or want to please someone else!  It is not a permanent state as life offers all kinds of contrasts, the key to enlightenment is being able to pick yourself up and begin again.  A

Sep 13, 2021 10:55 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Ron and Alexandra Seigel well, I've been known to pick myself up and start all over again in my life!

Sep 13, 2021 12:29 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel

Nina Hollander, Broker I have no doubts about that.  I think of the poem Invictus line, "my head is bloody but unbowed!"  A

Sep 13, 2021 01:44 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Will Hamm good for you, and we wish you a lovely week ahead.  A

Sep 13, 2021 10:56 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Ron and Alexandra- Happy Monday. I can relate to this when driving around in Houston traffic. But I do love what you said "....when you do that life begins to flow again. " 

Sep 13, 2021 11:08 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I like the Wayne Dyer quote Ron and Alexandra Seigel although I often find it hard to do. That being said I am concencious of it and do work on it.

Sep 13, 2021 11:38 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Kathy Streib that is exactly why enlightenment is motion that you go with.  Contrast is just a fact of life, things happen, and it staying  or striving on the feeling good bandwagon from a low point that gets you back into the magic of living.  A

Sep 13, 2021 01:47 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Bob "RealMan" Timm we are all working on that in some way or other.  As Ron and I practice this, we often catch each other heading on the low side, and get into reverse .  A

Sep 13, 2021 01:48 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I do know that I am in harmony when I have a cool drink and relaxing in a comfortable chair in the shade

Sep 13, 2021 06:38 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Ed Silva the idea is to find a way to be in harmony as often as possible...A

Sep 13, 2021 08:59 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Alexandra.

Most days I'm in, then there are those when I know it's time to go home.

Sep 14, 2021 12:32 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I have found myself getting off at the wrong exit or taking the wrong road in the past. It became extremely anxiety-ridden when in the bad part of a city. That being said, my typical response is, "ok, now what?" The other day my husband and I were pulling a trailer with a side-by-side on it and we were looking for a particular road and missed it. We wound up on a narrow road that was on the side of a very steep hill with no place to turn around with the trailer. So we said, "Ok, now what?" and we stopped. Unhooked the trailer, drove the side-by-side off the trailer, and turned each vehicle around one by one, then hooked them all back up and went on our way. If I had been with other people, there would have been yelling and shouting and blaming. Phew!

Sep 14, 2021 05:42 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

The simple definitions are the ones that I usually find to be the most profound.  Some days it is easy to feel enlightened while others might take some work, haha.

Sep 14, 2021 05:53 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Brian England Like you, I am a fan of simplicity.   I do not mind working to be happy.  A

Sep 14, 2021 08:25 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Kat Palmiotti Your comment reminded me of a couple we traveled with twice, and then never did again.  On a ski trip, they were miserable to be with from the moment we arrived a the airport at our destination.  Squabbling at every turn or perceived difficulty.. A.  

Sep 14, 2021 08:29 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

James Dray this is a good practice, one we follow.  A

Sep 14, 2021 08:30 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Those are very enlightening thoughts put to words, Alexandra.  I find that when I rush or work myself into a frenzy, I can simply pause, breath and find the right path once again!

Sep 14, 2021 01:36 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Ron and Alexandra, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Sep 14, 2021 01:37 PM