Your beliefs don’t make you a better person, your behaviour does. – Timber Hawkeye
So often we are told, in order to allow change we need to let go of old beliefs, old thoughts and old ideas, however, we also need to change our behaviour.
I have often struggled with change and sometimes wish life stayed the same, but unfortunately it’s always moving and evolving. My resistance to it never serves me, so I always need to make a decision, resist and stay in the pain, or change my behaviour and move with it.
Timber Hawkeye has written a book called “Buddhist Boot Camp.” he writes about training the mind, and believes boot camp is an ideal training method for this generation’s short attention span.
He has travelled over the last few years, staying with different host families. Through his experience of living with others, he found that all of our pain and suffering is self-inflicted, and that we all have good and bad behaviour within us.
He found the families who complained the most about not having enough money were the also the ones who had two car garages with private swimming pools and he realised that what a lot of people were missing was the one thing that makes them rich, “love and gratitude.”
He believes we need to practice being grateful, because gratitude has a way of turning what we have into enough. He has seen that in our persistent pursuit of happiness, we have lost our way, and the only way to reconnect again is through practising stillness, so we can come to a deeper appreciation of our life and life itself.
No matter what changes you are facing presently, move with it, keep focusing on the bigger picture and let go. Everytime I do, I feel lighter and suddenly I find my life has flow and synchronicity again, and I realise I am exactly where I should be.
Whether it’s Mother Teresa’s acts of charity, Gandhi’s perseverance, or your aunt Betty’s calm demeanor, it doesn’t matter who inspires you, so long as you’re motivated to be better today than you were yesterday. Regardless of religion or geographical region, race, ethnicity, color, gender, age, ability, flexibility or vulnerability, if you do good, you feel good, and if you do bad, you feel bad. – Timber Hawkeye