This is your assignment:
1. You will get a body, hopefully in good working order.
Your body is borrowed. At the end of your life, you don’t get to take it with you.
So treat it with care whilst you have it. It’s your most valuable possession. Treat it like a gift, a resource for you to use to get the most out of life.
2. What you do with your life is up to you.
It’s your choice what to do, how to feel, and what to create with what you have.
Imagine your life as a canvas; it’s up to you to fill that canvas with the things and people you most care for.
3. You will forget everything.
You really do come in as a blank canvas! You start from nothing, and at the end, all you get to take with you are the lessons learnt.
4. You are here to learn lessons.
As you “evolve” on your path, the lessons may become harder and harder. If you don’t learn the lesson, it will keep coming back into your life until you do learn it.
5. Don’t give up!
It’s guaranteed to get hard, yet you are not alone in this. Suffering is part of your assignment. Learning equanimity and patience will help a lot.
7. Every choice you make takes you on a different path.
There is no wrong and right path, every path you take is a choice, and will take you somewhere. Even if you feel it’s not the path for you, and you have to go all the way back to the beginning again. It’s an illusion. You’re not the same person who left in the first place. Every decision changes you.
8. We’re all the same (but different!).
Within other people contains an element that is within you as per a holographic principle. If you hate something too much, perhaps you’re rejecting that part within yourself. We call this our “shadow.”
9. Learn to accept all of you including your shadow.
When you suppress or reject a part of yourself, you will feel stunted. In maturity comes greater fulfillment of who you are.
10. The most important thing is to love.
Love is all there is. That’s the most important thing you need to know.
11. Enjoy the journey!
Don’t sweat the small stuff. Life is one of the greatest journeys imaginable. You don’t pass or fail – you may as well enjoy the journey, and no need to take life so seriously by the way. In the end everyone “passes”…
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About the Author:
David G Arenson ND
David is the founder of Shambhala Retreats. A Naturopath, Intuitive Healer and Transformational Coach, David writes and educates people internationally at some of the world’s leading retreats and resorts. Born in South Africa, his work has taken him to Australia, USA, Middle East, Asia, Caribbean since 2002. A lover of wisdom and master healer specializing in holistic wellness, his retreats and wellness programs are focused on transformation. David is committed to inspiring and empowering people to live the lives of their dreams. David’s mission via Shambhala Retreats is to guide people to places of mystery and power to rediscover, balance and ground themselves.