Don't Like What You're Seeing? Switch On the Buddha Channel
"A human being is like a television set with millions of channels. If we turn the Buddha on, we are the Buddha. If we turn sorrow on, we are sorrow. If we turn a smile on, we really are the smile. We can't let just one channel dominate. We have everything in us, and we have to take the situation in hand to recover our own sovereignty." – Thích Nhat Hanh, Being Peace
I've found the default state of being for most people -- the primary channel -- is wound up and wrapped in anxiety. Dark, tight, squeezed, preoccupied, self-absorbed, anxiety-ridden... qualities that may be natural, but which are fundamentally opposed to a happy and effective life.
And if I ever find myself lost on one of these narrow channels, I might justify it with an excuse of creative intensity-- I'm fully engrossed in what I'm working on, and yeah...it's important enough that I don't really mind. But just because something is so important to me, so critical to my existence -- maybe the entire state of my past, present and future self depends on me getting it right, along with my whole family and all of humankind -- doesn't mean I can't have a little sense of humor and lightness around it anyway!
When you're all compressed and wrapped up in your small fears and worries, it's like your own natural light is eclipsed by a big ole honkin' dark planet.
But you know -- and I know -- that big hunk o' junk that's blocking the light just doesn't have to be there. Think of the sun, the wind, the trees...the radiant eyes of a smiling child. Your true nature is something infinitely luminous, a generous Soul that sheds light and love everywhere when it wants to shine.
So when you start to feel those walls come down around your heart, and the cynical critic showing up to block the light, just crack your heart open a little and let the light shine in. Like my teacher David is fond of saying,
"Sprinkle a little Love in there."
You can replace the default fear and anxiety state with the presence of your true nature. You can just center right into that -- drop into a state of trust -- and switch out that dark mass for a soft and bright one. You have that choice every day.
Turn on the Buddha channel in your life. Just a little crack of light is usually enough to get the juices flowing...a little laugh, a little smile, a little sense of humor goes a long way.
Then you have the choice to allow Love and Light and Trust be your guiding anchors...the sun at the center from which everything emerges-- from the steps you take in the world right now, to the way you think about your biggest challenges ahead.
All the love, light and joy in the world is available to you at any given time...but if you don't make a choice to let some of that goodness in, it sure as hell ain't gonna do anything for you!
You have the choice each moment to choose what channel you want to turn on and tune into. You have that Choice -- you can transmit whatever and whenever you want. Isn't that a beautiful thing?
Switch on the Buddha channel...tune yourself to that high frequency of Light. Bring it right into your center and let it flood the darkness. Then you will be smiling and your Heart will be shining. Like an instrument of Love, the quiet music of your soul melts cold hearts and brings lightness to the world everywhere. (Who knows? Maybe people start dancing and singing around you too.)
Let the light move you -- let it lift your step a little -- and see what happens. Sometimes a little beam of sunshine is the best gift you can give the world.
Switch it on Sunshine! ;)
Let the sun shine in...
(Thanks to Thorn Coyle for sharing this awesome video)
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