Sovereignty: The Tao Principle of Self-Management (The Dixie Taoist) 1st Edition
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How to Take Charge of Your Destiny
Why is this so important? Mindfulness and meditation are necessary to take charge of your destiny. Destiny is the result of choices you make each moment of each day. Sovereignty is the ability to take charge of your destiny and rule over the ego along with its influences over the mind and emotions. Therefore, to transform your life into one of joy and success, you must cultivate the ability to practice mindfulness and be the Sovereign. Chapter 4
Always Work on your 'self' first, strategy and goals are secondary.
Before you can work on your strategies and goals you must lay the foundation for self-discipline. The first discipline that you must commit to is to cultivate your 'self' first. Cultivating the 'self' means to awaken as the true self and then control the ego-self. Self-awareness is the heart and soul of self-discipline. Only the true self can control the ego-self.
Cultivating self-discipline is done in a state of self-awareness. Cultivating the true self is cultivating virtue and wisdom. So, before you start adopting strategies and goals you must have the wisdom to know which are in unity with the Tao. Without self-control, the ego will lead you astray by subjugating your strategies and goals. You will not be able to stay on the path without being mindful of what you are doing and why you are doing it. Once you commit to the cultivation of the true self, you can begin to have the clarity necessary for developing strategy and goals.
Judgment and Karma
Karma is another very important reason for moderating judgment and recognizing how judgmental actions work. Choice, action, and destiny are linked through karma. Karma is a teacher from which you cannot hide.
Value judgment can be sourced from the arrogance of the ego. I have found that when I incorrectly value judge someone, the karmic payback is always right around the corner. It is eerily consistent and quick.
I had become conditioned to wake up every hour. This practice began to make a big difference in my behavior and stress level. At least once an hour, I could wake up and realize what I was doing and make smarter choices. Often that choice was one to relax and distress. Soon I was even able to wake up and think about what I had been doing and if it was in line with my personal goals.
Then I set my watch to beep every thirty minutes. Moreover, like before, I soon became conditioned to wake just before the alarm beeped and become present. My performance as a boss and leader improved dramatically. In every one of those awake moments, I could choose to listen and pick a wise and virtuous response. I learned to be empathetic, inspired, cheerful, insightful, and understanding. Our team begins to perform better, and things ran a lot smoother. I began to enjoy my job. There were still problems and obstacles, but my new found powers allowed me to work through them effectively. I also learned to create fewer problems by making smarter choices. Chapter 28
Distraction is the state of not being present. It is a partof life but it must be managed and moderated. It becomes a problem when we getso caught up in the drama of the moment that we are unaware that we haveslipped back over into the ego-self. Have you ever looked back on a reallystupid thing you did and realized that you knew better but just lost control?Have you ever said something in a moment of passion that you deeply regret?When you look back on it, you will realizethat you were just angry or frustrated. Even though it is understandable, it is not right.
Imagine being able to see what you are about to do or say andthen step back from it and choose to do or say something else. Even though youare experiencing this storm of emotions, you do not have to give in to them. That is the power of thetranscended self. Chapter 28
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