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How To Find Your Own Path

We sometimes take others as path posts, just as we might take the lead of a river. In my work, I often find myself following someone else’s path, or having to step into someone else’s shoes to see where the best course of action is to move. I find it often helps to remember the wisdom of a great woman. Her name is Maya Angelou, and she’s considered one of the great African-American writers of our time.

I find it often helps to remember the wisdom of a great woman. Her name is Maya Angelou, and she’s considered one of the great African-American writers of our time. She was a singer, poet, and activist who was also an expert on spirituality. While Angelou never practiced Buddhism in her life, her Buddhist teachings were very important to her. She wrote many books on the subject and was well known in the Buddhist community as a teacher. She also helped popularize meditation in African-American culture. In this video, Maya gives advice about discovering your spiritual path:  YouTube.

The Buddhist tradition is very interested ” in ” the individual as a creative and independent-thinking being.

” In this world, we all live a kind of duality — on the one hand, we’re stuck between our past and present; on the other, we find ourselves living in the imagination of future possibilities. This duality manifests in all kinds of ways, including as our self-doubt. We all have this feeling of self-doubt, because we fear being judged by our past, by our beliefs and by other people. This kind of fear is very common in everyone who is afraid of something. We are afraid of not knowing — of not being able to find out what we don’t know, and therefore becoming frustrated. What we need is wisdom, compassion, and courage. We need to find a way to let go of fear and to see the freedom that is within all of us. That freedom is what we’re here to find, and that’s why a teacher is so important. When we start the practice of meditation, we want to experience the real meaning we’re receiving. But in order to do this, we first have to understand the meaning of that particular experience. And to understand meaning means that we have to become comfortable with confusion. We must understand that we all have an inner sense of self. It isn’t the only sense of self, but it is the only sense of self that is a self that can think, feel, and understand. It’s also my inner self, my inner self, my inner self that is my self.

If we don’t experience meaning, we can go back to that inner sense of self which is more or less a self that has become alienated from us, or we can try and find new ways to express ourselves. We can express ourselves in poetry, or in another way, we can look into our own experience, see what life has to offer, and then use that to express ourselves for other people. The choice is ours.

I’ve mentioned some of my interest about being “authentic.” I’ve also heard that some of you have been involved in the “self-help movement”. This is a movement centered in a sense of authenticity and personal responsibility, with a focus on the individual, rather than a group, with a focus on changing an individual’s life, rather than a larger organization.  I think the concept of authenticity may even capture my spirit very well, as the true definition of authenticity is:

I feel I have a right to be myself.

I’m comfortable with this definition of authenticity as a Buddhist: my identity is my true essence, which is never my real life, but only my experience of being.   If I am myself, I find it difficult to be a destructive spirit.

I’ve often found that when I feel that I feel authentic and whole, that I feel whole in my life. And having a sense of authenticity has helped me to realize that there is enough “me” in my life to make room for those who don’t have my exact characteristics. It has helped to bring together different aspects of myself.