I woke up at 5:30am this morning. Which is awesome. I’m getting more sleep and waking up earlier again. But this leaves me with some time in the morning before other people wake up. So I typically watch some interviews or documentaries, on Gaia TV, or YouTube. Something I can learn about. This morning I was watching Russell Brand on his Awakening With Russell channel. This particular video was about doing a very specific exercise, or meditation if you will.
Back to that later!
After that, the Sadhguru interview popped up in my feed. Sadhguru has an interesting way of taking something “complicated”, and simplifying it, but not only that, he turns it on its head. And the truth is never what you thought it was. At least, that’s been my experience. He offers another very interesting perspective. I don’t know this man, nor do I know Matthew McConaughey, but just like rehabs, you take what works, and leave the rest.
The interview was good. But at some point, Matthew asks Sadhguru about being self-less and how being self-less ends up being selfish, or something like that… And of course, Sadhguru broke it down so effortlessly, so calmly, but it was so profound to me. It touched my soul.
Be selfish with everyone
Sadhguru goes on to explain that (and I’m paraphrasing here), we as humans, can’t really be self-less. Because without self, we don’t exist. So being self-less is a fools errand. It’s unattainable. And he said don’t worry about being selfish either. Just don’t be selfish with just yourself. Many people are selfish with themselves and their family. Some are selfish with their community. Some are selfish with their race, or gender, or sexuality. Some are selfish with their nation. He says why not be selfish with everything and everyone? He says we should all be selfish globally.
At least, to start.
Such a simple concept. And I can’t imagine the power it would have. It would start such a beautiful rebirth of our civilization.
Sadhguru gives a lot of other wisdom in the interview. I encourage others to check out some of his teachings.
What’s fascinating about this is how specific it is. All the actions, the mantra, the breathing, the placement of your hands.. It’s all designed to get you out of your own head. And it works beautifully. Quiets the mind.
I quite like Russell Brand and most of his ideologies (I say most because I don’t know all of what he believes). His main channel is one way I learn about some things going on in the world. Many of his opinions align with my way of interpreting whatever was going on in that moment. I don’t see that a lot (randomly).
The view from here is beautiful
I used to be so focused on the differences in everything. But that way of looking at things is so narrow and constricting. It offers no room for growth. When you start noticing all the similarities we have with one another, the possibilities seem to be endless. So many doors start opening up. So I stopped narrowing my field of view.
Learning some new teachings, learning about my health, learning about my brain, meditating… Sometimes I watch standup comedy. This is what I do when I wake up. It puts me in a really good place, and the morning is so important to me. It sets the mood for the rest of the day.
Don’t give yourself more work. We work enough!
When I wake up shitty feeling, I gotta do more spiritual work to have a good day. Including some physical activity or exercise.
Waking up in a good place is like having spiritual currency in the bank.. Not something to rest on your laurels, that’s for sure. But it definitely makes the day a little brighter, a little nicer. You don’t have to struggle or hustle to get a smile on your face.
Add yoga in the morning, on top of that? #fogettaboutit