Pike’s Peak

The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.

–Khalil Gibran

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

–Albert Einstein

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“Right association” is the practice of being with those who will help you elevate your being.  Elevating your being does not mean increasing your status or inflating your ego.  It means finding people who will move you closer towards bliss than you can walk alone.

Surround yourself with individuals and environments that are positive, loving, and compassionate. Can’t find these people? Then seek out individuals through the ages who have lived through the wisdom of spirit rather than the drama of ego.  Read their works!

This also means minimizing time with individuals and environments that are degrading or toxic.

And just to share a few of my ‘elevators’ this past year:

Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga by Rolf Gates.

Rolf shares his interesting background and wonderful talent at translating ancient teachings into practical and modern living.  It’s parcelled into bite-sized bits that pack a punch.  It’s a great book for daily study.  In fact, it was so good I had to buy a second copy of the book mid-way through because I couldn’t wait to share it with a dear teacher.
The Lost Art of Compassion by Lorne Ladner

A fantastic book.  Ladner’s perspective is informed by modern Western psychology temper with Buddist tradition.  My copy is highlighted, dog-earred, water-marked, and filled with cookie crumbs — all signs that it’s good.  It has traveled with me everywhere. Thanks to Noelle of Be the Breath (another elevator) for the recommendation.

Please share what or who has elevated you this year!

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