Quote of the Day 20080128

“I enjoy every opportunity and live every moment. And that is why I have no regrets. It’s when you are not scared of losing that you win everything.” — Shailendra Singh, Vice President, Sequoia Capital

A lot of the books, such as The Attractor Factor, and other materials I’ve read lately have emphasized the idea of not being attached to what you want. If you can want whatever it is but not need it, then you are actually more like to manifest it, create it, attract it. This seems to be an idea rooted in Buddhism, but the idea can be found in Christianity as we can see in the second commandment “You shall not make for yourself an idol,…you shall not bow down to them or worship them;…” You can make an idol of anything, money, sex, drugs, power, love of a person. If you need it, it becomes your idol. If you cannot detach from it, you need it, it is an idol.

Isn’t awful how we are so attached to our various religions, beliefs and philosophies that we can make war and kill in the name of that religion, belief or philosophy that we hold dear? If that isn’t idolatry, what is?

This quote also reminds us to be mindful. To live in this present moment, for that’s the only moment we have. I’ve been reading a great book about this very idea, The Mindful Way through Depression. I highly recommend it. Also, many years ago now I read an excellent book by Thich Nhat Hanh, Living Buddha, Living Christ, I highly recommend that one, also. I find it much more gratifying to, much more peaceful to look for the common ground, to find where we are alike rather than where we differ.

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