Survival of the Fittest

So, we are living at a time when we cannot drink either milk coming from animals (for obvious reasons at this point) or from nuts, seeds or legumes, because of suspicious emulsifiers; ocean fish is contaminated with mercury; organic crops are suffering diseases coming from manure whose producers were fed with GMOs; companies simply change the name of substances ruled as harmful and therefore banned and put them back in circulation in a new product with a new name; forests are being decimated, rivers poisoned, species annihilated. The list seems endless, the situation hopeless.

As a species, we may have finally decided on the path of suffering in order to learn what the meaning of life is, our one and only purpose for having been treading this planet for some time now. Our other choice has been the path of spiritual evolution (through discrimination, compassion and detachment) but that one seems farther and farther away by the day. So, as a valid and fully available path, we will suffer and suffer and suffer more until one day, probably many generations from now, we will get fed up from so much suffering and decide to retake our option on spiritual evolution. Until then, there is not much we can do but weather the storm and take it all in with poise and patience. Or is there?

Are we all fatally condemned to this situation no matter our disposition? What about if we have already chosen the path of spiritual evolution but the power of the critical mass is sweeping us along? Do we still have to suffer all the diseases coming from our diseased food, all the stress coming from our stressful way of life, all the emotional upheavals coming from our emotion-ridden society? The answer is yes and no. The answer is yes we will suffer to some extent, although we can become rather unscathed if we know how to play our cards. Remember that for every apparent problem, there is surely a solution waiting to be unearthed.

Food will continue to degrade as well as water, environment, quality of life and the like. So the solution is not to place all our efforts to try to preserve these slowly decaying resources (although we do need to continue making our best choices) but to resort to more subtle and therefore more effective ways of keeping our life force at its best.

So, what are these subtle ways?, you may wonder. None other than Mindfulness and Mastery of the Life Force, two techniques regularly practiced in many spiritual traditions in the form of meditation and breath control.  Regular practice of these techniques does initially make up for most deficiencies in our immune and nervous systems, helping them to avoid any sort of breakdown. Their ultimate power remains a mystery but there are several reported (and studied) cases of individuals living out of pure Prana, with no food or water at all. We can take these cases as hints of what these techniques can do for us.  Needless to say, these should be learned from a seasoned practitioner and then practiced regularly to receive their total benefits.

We still need to strive for wholesome, organic foods, clean water, fresh, unpolluted air, etc., but understanding all them not as the one solution to our survival but as adjuncts to the two real tools nature has put to our disposition. If you think carefully, it is a genius setup: they are available to all, applicable everywhere, free from the decay of the material realm, and ready anytime we wish to use them. They infuse us with strength, will power, clarity, harmony, discrimination, and dispassion.  They are probably the only thing that can trigger that major shift in consciousness needed to change the dilapidating course life is taking on the planet.

And they are and have always been here, waiting for us to start using them.

Seek a teacher and start Happening with Life!

 

Rules for the Modern Leader

  1. Be compassionate: The head should move last, following the heart. The head receives its inspiration, advice and direction from the heart center.
  2. Be true to your principles: You are your company’s highest form of advertisement.
  3. Be aware: A company’s health is measured by the state of health of its components, that is, its employees.
  4. Be fair: Treat your providers as you would like to be treated by your clients.
  5. Be ethical: If your win is somebody else’s loss, then it is only a loss for everybody.
  6. Be true to your philosophy, no matter what, no matter who, no matter when.
  7. Be patient: Haste is the enemy of perfection.
  8. Be creative: Avoid clichés, avoid clichés, avoid clichés.
  9. Be confident: Forget the market, the market is as volatile as gas. Be ethical, believe in your product, and the market will come to you.
  10. Be composed: Act, don’t react.
  11. Be careful with your words: Words are the most powerful thing we have, they can destroy the strongest relationship in one second.
  12. Be humble: Your success is the success of your company.
  13. Be factual: Don’t assume anything. You know what “ass-u-me” does.
  14. Be a component: There is no “I” in team. Don’t ever forget it.
  15. Be happy: It is contagious.
  16. Be faithful: In times of chaos, surrender to your higher expression and let it take care of things.
  17. Be detached: Sometimes our greatest victory comes disguised as a terrible loss.
  18. Be consistent: Make a plan and stick to it. When you have succeeded, you may start new ventures.
  19. Be connected: Listen to your inner voice: You won’t find a better counselor.
  20. Be yourself: You are much more than a corporate unit.
  21. Be a team player: Learn the art of delegating and enjoy it.
  22. Be a leader: Lead with the example.
  23. Be a gentleman: Accept your losses with poise and don’t forget to congratulate others on their victories.
  24. Be focused: Focus all your time and energy on your company and not on your competitors.
  25. Be respectful: We all have different opinions. Respect them all even when you don’t agree with them. You can be in disagreement and still be respectful.
  26. Be invisible: Don’t take things personal; build on constructive criticism and let the rest pass through you.
  27. Be responsible: Take responsibility for your own mistakes. It is alright to make mistakes; it is not alright to blame others for them.
  28. Be caring: With your body and mind. Winning horses need rest in between races so they can always perform at their peak.
  29. Be supportive: Support humanitarian causes or, even better, develop a line of products or services that bring happiness to other beings.
  30. Be balanced: As with everything in life, balance has to be achieved for things to excel. Reflect about the cycle of life and death for a few minutes everyday and soon enough you will find the equilibrium between your personal and professional lives.