October 8


Today's Quotation:

Any path is only a path, and there is no affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you. . . .  Look at every path closely and deliberately.  Try it as many times as you think necessary.  Then ask yourself, and yourself alone, one question. . . . Does this path have a heart?  If it does, the path is good; if it doesn't it is of no use.

Carlos Castaneda

Today's Meditation:

What will I be doing tomorrow?  Where will I be?  With whom will I be?  While I can't predict the future, of course, I do know that the answers to these questions to a great extent depend on what I do today, on decisions I make about which road to get on right here, right now.  There is usually, of course, no right or wrong road, and we may end up going down several different roads for different aspects of our lives, but we do have many decisions to make.

I do like Castaneda's idea of paths having heart, though, for that gives us a very important criterion for choosing the paths that will take us into our futures.  To me, the idea of a path having heart means that the path is one that will lead me to compassion, to love, to caring, to the better parts of myself.  If a path has no heart, then it will be empty and barren, and while it may lead me to a certain outcome, I will learn very little there and I'll be able to share little of who I am.

We choose paths every day.  Today I will choose certain paths in certain relationships, in my job, in my personal life, in my education.  And if I can look at those paths closely and objectively, I can make a difference in how my tomorrows turn out when they become todays, for if I'm on heart-filled path, it will bring out the better parts of who I am.  And that, to me, is the most important part of anything I do.

Questions to ponder:

1.  Do the paths that you're on right now have heart?

2.  What are some of the differences between paths with heart and those without?

3.  How can we see whether or not a path has heart?

For further thought: 

If we are spiritual beings on a human path rather than human beings who may be on a spiritual path, then life is not only a journey but a pilgrimage or quest as well.

Jean Shinoda Bolen

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