The Eightfold Path of Buddhism: Right Action

Well here we are still exploring the Eightfold Path according to the Buddhist tradition. If you are just joining us this week, then I am not a Buddhist, although I do practice some of the Buddhist practices. Adironnda & Company is not Buddhist…not Buddhists, that is a plural. But the Buddha is on our council, and I was guided to explore a little bit further on the Eightfold Path.

Meaning of The Eightfold Path’s Right Action

The fourth path is Right Action. Now that could mean lots of things, but in my interpretation, it means truly an ethical approach to anything that you are intending to take action upon. In other words, if you continue to talk about, with your right speech, an intent to take, have a business, have an energy, have to clean up the house, declutter, clean the garage, plant your plants, do whatever, but you just talk about it and plan it or whatever, but you never take action, that is an unethical approach.

Going back to how you do anything is how you do everything. You see, talk is great. Ideas are great. But action moves energy.

An ethical action that is full of integrity is about approaching any task, anything that is laid before you, with an honoring of connection, an honoring of integrity. That is right action, is how you view what it is that you are choosing and then how you are choosing to move forward with that. Are you doing your task in a complaint like way? That is not going to do you any good. Are you doing your task in a loving way? That would be right action.

Are you talking about your task and not doing anything? That is not in integrity. So it is about bringing that honesty and integrity to yourself with every single action.

Right Action is ethical approach to anything that you are intending to take action upon

I look at this video and my hair is like luminescent. I closed the blinds, but it is still coming in, so it must be me. I may be taking right action to move forward because I guarantee you that I am an action taker. I work with divine action, Joeaux, my business partner. So in that capacity, how are you taking action with integrity in your life this week? And what does that mean to you? To be able to step into the action that you intend to be right with.

How are you communicating that action? How is your vision and understanding of that action? How do you feel about that action? You know, I have used the example of cleaning the toilet a lot, and in the Buddhist tradition, you would clean that toilet with an honoring of the system of release that it provides. An honoring of making it healthy for others to use. Right action, an interesting view of looking at the world.

Have a pensive week and see how your actions are right action.

Namaste y’all,

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Eightfold Path of Buddhism: Right Speech

Right Speech

We are continuing with our series of the Eightfold Path according to the Buddhist tradition, in celebration of our Thailand retreat and our Visionaries in Light Convergence. Not that either one is really for only Buddhists, but the Buddhists on our council and in my meditation, I was to share some of their teachings since I have been sitting with the theme of our Thailand retreat, “Awakening the Buddha Within“.

Meaning of The Eightfold Path’s Right Speech

The third of the Eightfold Path is right speech. Now to me, that is obvious. However, it is really about speaking and communicating your truth in a way that others can hear it and speaking your truth in a way of sharing it in peace, love, and compassion. It is about acknowledging the intent of always speaking with integrity, but it is also about how you communicate things.

Speak and communicate your truth in a way that others can hear it - Marilyn

I was listening to a family the other day, and the mother, I am guessing, the mother said something to the father and it was said with a little bit of an accusatory energy, just a touch. So then the father got upset and did the, “Well, la-de-da-de-da-de-da,” and spoke back with the escalation of energy. Then the mother came in and escalated the energy even higher to top that energy.

And then the son, the little boy, I don’t know, he is probably 10 or 12, came in and was asked a question. Now he was not in that conversation, but he came in and asked the question, and both parents jumped on him with the same escalation that they were having their little repartee with each other. That is not right speech.

So, when you feel that accusatory energy in your speech or you feel that defense energy in your speech, know that you are coming from a place that is not regarding the situation right now at hand. You are coming from a place that involves something that happened to you yesterday or the day before. When you bring that kind of communication into a present situation, sometimes that present situation escalates because of the two, once it escalates, nobody listens to anybody else. And I believe that the Buddha was teaching us right speech to help us learn that communication style, to help us learn how to speak our truth in the totality of integrity.

My truth may not be your truth. My belief system may not be your belief system. However, I honor you for your beliefs, and I would hope that you would honor me for my beliefs, but that is not in my control. The only thing that is in my control is how I communicate with an open heart and intent of communicating in a peaceful, understanding way. Exactly what is my truth in what I feel lead to communicate? I believe that is right speech. And when that happens, it is bliss-filled.

So pay attention this week to your speech, to your communication, and the way you sound in your communication, and the way you are expressing your words. I know sometimes people say, “Well, you don’t have to yell at me,” because I am a passionate person and I get very focused, and sometimes my voice raises. It is not that I feel like I am angry or yelling, but I get the opportunity to be aware that that intent of mine may not be coming through in the tone of voice that I am using. We all get the opportunity to learn and listen and connect with different things. Again, this is my interpretation, and the Buddha is on our council. It is our interpretation of what was meant by the Eightfold Path, the third being right speech. See how you can pay attention to that this week. We will see you next week.

We all get the opportunity to learn and listen and connect with different things. Again, this is my interpretation, and the Buddha is on our council. It is our interpretation of what was meant by the Eightfold Path, the third being right speech. See how you can pay attention to that this week. We will see you next week.

Namaste y’all,

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Eightfold Path of Buddhism: Right Intent

right intent

The second section of the Eightfold Path according to the Buddhist tradition, is right intent.

 

Now, I know we live with intention, and I believe that is what the Buddha was expressing. Once again, if you are just joining us for the first time, I am not an expert on Buddhism, this is my interpretation of what it might mean to live with right intent. Last week was right view or right understanding, and how we see the world in that place of peace.

Meaning of The Eightfold Path’s Right Intent

Right intent is the second of the Eightfold Path, and that is about viewing the world with the intention of compassion. I believe that everything we do, we do with intention. Someone told me once years ago, how you do anything is how you do everything. So if your intent is to do everything with the compassion, peace, love, understanding connection, and you hold that energy, that is an intention. And to live your life viewing the world in compassion is one of the components of 2017. So that is right intent.

How would your life be different if you lived it with the intent to always do, always express yourself in a compassionate, loving way? What would be different? What right intent would you choose to put forth, and how would things be different if you lived with the intent of how you do anything is how you do everything?

Viewing the world in compassion is one of the components of 2017 - Marilyn

You know, that may come down to something as simple as when somebody gives you change back, you look at the change and you see they have miscounted the change and you return the few pennies. The right intent there, of course, is pure honesty, integrity. Or is the right intent to take those few pennies and always leave them for some person that doesn’t have any? Also, right intent. It is about living as compassionately, as possible, in things that you may not understand. But to hold the intent that everyone you encounter may be shifted just a little bit for the positive by your encounter. That is a right intent, to see how others can entrain to you, to raise their vibration to match your vibration. That would be another right intent. That is the understanding of the Eightfold Path according to Marilyn Harper. So check out this week with living your life with right intent, or intention. Have a great week.

Namaste y’all,

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Eightfold Path of Buddhism: Right View or Right Understanding

right view

I have just been thinking about our Visionaries in Light Convergence and the theme of the infinite possibilities of peace, and our trip to Thailand for Awakening the Buddha Within.

I have really been looking into the four noble truths, and the Eightfold Path, and what exactly peace means. I am going to attempt to do a series of messages on, at this point, the Eightfold Path of Buddhism, which is not a religion, but a practice. Continue reading

Interpretation of The Eightfold Path of Buddhism

I would just like to tell you a little bit about the Eightfold Path according to the Buddhist tradition.

Now, first of all, I am not an expert on Buddhism nor an expert on the Noble Eightfold Path or the Four Noble Truths, but I am studying and getting ready for our trip to Thailand. I thought I would try to learn a little more about the Buddhist tradition. It’s so fascinating because it is a tradition that predates Christianity. It’s a tradition that in its simplest form is a practice and not a religion.

So, in the next few weeks, we’re going to be discovering the Noble Eightfold Path. And then who knows? We may go into the Four Noble Truths. But to just give you a little bit of background on what the Noble Eightfold Path is:

The Eightfold Path is truly steps that are referred to as a path and not meant to be done in sequential order. It is about eight aspects of life. It is about the integration of those aspects into your everyday life.

 

What is the Eightfold Path of Buddhism?

The Eightfold Path is meant to be the heart of the middle way, or to bring balance from the extremities of life, the extremes of pain and suffering, and bring them into a place of balance, and seeking a sort of a tradition. It’s properly understood or right understanding, as is one of the Eightfold paths, to be a forerunner of the Buddhist tradition.

It encounters the symbolism that all of Buddhism teaches.

The simplicity of right view, right speech, and right intent, right understanding, right concentration, and right focus.

eightfold path of buddhism steps
Illustration by Joeaux Robey from Awakening the Buddha Within Series

There are eight. We’ll be hearing them in the next few weeks. And again, everywhere you look, they may have just a few different words to describe it. I taught it at a church, I was attending, about the Eightfold Path, as a means of self-discovery. It’s about the Buddhist tradition or the Buddhist practice of being mindful of where you are and what you’re doing. It’s about being present in your life. With the Eightfold Path, it is truly a means of rebirth.

And without suffering, rebirth, moving towards Nirvana, which is, again, part of what the Four Noble Truths are and the Eightfold Path. As you are discovering in the next few weeks about this tradition, I would like you to just really sort of sit with this after each of our weekly messages. Just sit with the energy of it and see what the descriptions mean to you? What does it mean to focus on the right view or the way you choose to carry your vision into the world? What does it mean to focus on right speech, what you are choosing to communicate?

How does right livelihood play into your life at all or right effort? What effort are you putting forth in the world that would be considered the busy work, non-tradition, working against your soul? In Buddhism…again, I’m not an expert, so I don’t want to hear from all the Buddhists out there and tell me what I’m doing wrong. This is my interpretation of the Eightfold Path, and that is to develop a practice of living in your life with your focus on what would be a consistent realm of presence. A consistent realm of information and connection with the world around you that brings everything into a place of balance in its simplest form. That’s the Eightfold Path according to Marilyn Harper.

Eightfold Path Steps

  1. Right vision or Right Understanding – to see things in a different light, to see things in the way of seeing their differences and seeing their similarities. If you do all things and view them in a standpoint of peace, or as the Buddhist might, see how that changes your view of things for right view according to the Buddha.
  2. Right Intent – is the second of the Eightfold Path, and that is about viewing the world with the intention of compassion.
  3. Right Speech – it is really about speaking and communicating your truth in a way that others can hear it. And speaking your truth in the way of sharing it in peace, love, and compassion. It is about acknowledging the intent of always speaking with integrity, but it is also about how you communicate things.
  4. Right Action – it means truly an ethical approach to anything that you intend to take action on. And the ethical action that is full of integrity is about approaching any task, anything that is laid before you, with an honoring of connection, an honoring of integrity, that is the right action.
  5. Right Livelihood – If you are not in the right livelihood if you are not in your work or your service that you provide to the world that resonates with your soul, then that is going against the integrity of your soul. So, how can you shift that? Find the reason, and remember what that action is, what is that service that you are providing.
  6. Right Effort – it is about doing things with an attitude that is enthusiastic, an attitude that matches your energy, an attitude of grace, an attitude of excitement, an attitude of clarity. Right Effort is about putting forth the effort to do whatever it takes as congenially and positively as possible, in the way of honor, in the way of connection. It could be enthusiasm.
  7. Right Mindfulness – It means to simply be mindful of your present situation, of your presence, of your divine presence, being mindful of how you are moving through the world, being mindful of others in the world, and what their needs, and wants, and desires are in relationship to yours.
  8. Right Concentration – Being able to hold the focus in an uncluttered mind. Right concentration. Being able to hold that intention without allowing the state of the universe, or your house, or your energy, or anything to interrupt your flow of focus, concentration.

So check it out in the next few weeks, and see how the Eightfold Path enters into your world, how paying attention to the way you intend to be mindful in your world, or you intend to focus or concentrate on the task at hand and see how that changes your consciousness. I don’t know, but feel free to make comments down below here, and share your stories. Have a great eight weeks for the Eightfold Path.

Find Inner Peace No Matter What

In the last spiritual messages from Marilyn Harper, you might have wondered ‘How did she manage to stay at peace and able to create these inspiring videos, while in the midst of all the noise in an unsettling location?’

If that is considered a skill, all of us would want to learn that, right?

Imagine yourself in the middle of a busy day at the office, stuck in a traffic, standing in line at the bank, or whatever uncomfortable situation, yet you can still sustain a peaceful mind. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?

In this week’s spiritual message, Marilyn teaches us a simple technique to find inner peace no matter what.

Learn it through Marilyn’s video below.

So, now you know that I actually do record several weekly messages in a similar setting.

Sometimes, I don’t always do them that way, but I’m still in the Denver Airport. Not two weeks in a row, but at the same time.

And I realized, life goes on whenever you are sitting somewhere and you can work, you can play, your time is your own.

I have a Bitmoji that has Saturn with a person, with me, meditating on top of it. And I think that’s the message for this week, that no matter what happens:

  • Find the peace in the midst of that chaos.
  • Find the peace in that, no matter where you are.

I mean, to look around here and see all of the hubbub, all the energy, all the people, and some people might be, “Oh my gosh, you’re stuck in the airport for seven hours?”

You know, it’s up to you as to whether you feel that way about something. I realized that after I looked at the last message, last week’s message, that I hardly have any makeup on, I didn’t have any lipstick on. I looked like I hadn’t slept.

But, you know, that’s a part of finding that peace in the chaos. It doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is you anchor in your center. And no matter what happens, you find that point of creative energy within you and breathe into that.

Let’s just take a moment and do that.

Find Inner Peace No Matter What

  1. Center your energy.
  2. Put your feet on the floor if they can reach, if not, get comfortable.
  3. Take a moment of stillness.
  4. Take a deep breath.
  5. Allow yourself to breathe easily and effortlessly. Connecting your in breath…with your out breath.

You feel that peace? In the middle of anywhere you are.

Ah, how was that? Nice.

You know, wherever you are, if you’re standing in line at the bank, if you’re in your car, if you’re stuck in traffic, no matter where you are, you can always breathe into your core, breathe into your center, and feel that peace return. Peace in the middle of chaos, in the middle of anything. That’s the key.

Namaste y’all,

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Flow Everywhere You Are

There are times that things go south on you.

You’ve probably experienced that, even after careful planning, things don’t go as you expected.

When that happens, do you find it hard to go on with whatever you have planned to do?

This week, Marilyn shares how to be in the flow, even when things don’t go your way.

Go ahead and watch Marilyn’s video below.

Be in the flow everywhere you are.

I am not sure how this is going to turn out, because I’m here in the Denver Airport. My flight was canceled, I’m waiting to fly to Vancouver.

It actually works out much better! This week’s weekly message is about going with the flow.

Just knowing that whatever presents, is somehow going to work out in perfect divine order.

Go with the flow, acknowledge who you are, wherever you are - Marilyn

And no, I didn’t get any permission from anybody that’s walking around in the background.

So, I just want you to know that no matter what happens, no matter what presents, no matter how traumatic it may seem at that moment, things are still in that place of divine order and flow.

My flight was canceled. I got up at 4:30 in the morning, got there blah-blah-blah, flew to Denver, and here I am. I’ve set up my own office right here in this little cubicle. I’m wondering if I can get pizza ordered!

Anyway, in this life, the more you hang on to your old ideas, the more you hang on to very consciously specific things happening just the way you think they are supposed to happen. It’s going to be really frustrating for you, because they’re not going to happen that way. They’re going to happen the way that is perfect for you.

This is actually more perfect because Joeaux is on the later flight, so I get to fly with Joeaux. We can get a car together and now I don’t have to drive back from the Talawassan Inn in Vancouver, Canada to pick her up. So, now you know when this was recorded.

Go with the flow, acknowledge who you are, wherever you are, when you are, and know that everything is always perfect.

Namaste y’all,

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