Meeting the best parts of yourself…

Some of close friends in the spiritual family of Compassion Bali gathered last night in Ashram and shared sad story. Even in one of sacred village in Bali a number of people committed suicide in short time. If that sad story happened in the most happy island in the world, what happen in the rest of the world? Being touched by such kind of story, let’s contemplate together. To be frank, those people who committed suicide they often meet the worst parts of themselves. On the contrary, the blooming souls keep meeting the best parts of themselves. The difference is simple, how skillful they’re in training the mind.

The beauty of meditation…

As experienced by many senior people, without being touched by meditation, mind is full of terror and horor. If you deeply meditate, mind is free from terror and horor, at the same time it becomes the servant of peace. To put the idea more practical, in the life of the untrained mind, the energy of awareness is weaker than most inner energy like anger and revenge. However, as mind bloom into enlightenment, the energy of mindfulness is greater than any inner energy. As a result, whatever happen outside, mind will respondly smilefully. For that reason, if you want to meet the best parts of yourself, no bargain, learn to meditate. It’s the first door in the long journey of meeting the best parts of yourself.

Stairways to the inner heaven…

To begin the journey, meeting the best parts of yourself is a profound journey of self-forgiveness, self-acceptance, self-love, self-discovery, involving introspection, growth, meditation and embracing one’s true potential. This journey can transform how you perceive yourself and the world, leading to greater fulfillment and happiness.

Self-Reflection. The first step in meeting the best parts of yourself is self-reflection. Take time to contemplate your values, passions, and strengths. Journaling, meditation, and mindful practices can help uncover these aspects. By understanding what truly matters to you, you can align your actions and goals with your core values.

Recognizing your strengths. Identify and acknowledge your strengths and achievements. What happen to the problematic souls, they focus on their weaknesses and failures, overshadowing their positive traits. My spiritual invitation, celebrate your successes, big or small, and recognize the qualities that contributed to those achievements.

Embrace vulnerability. Embracing vulnerability is crucial in this journey. It involves accepting your imperfections. By confronting and embracing your vulnerabilities, you cultivate resilience and authenticity. In the language of Prof. Brene Brown from Texas University, being vulnarable is a gift. Vulnaribility makes us to step away from violence, closer to peace.

Continuous learning. Commit to continuous learning and self-improvement. This could involve acquiring new skills, pursuing hobbies, or seeking feedback from others. Personal growth is an ongoing process that helps you evolve and meet new dimensions of yourself. Henry Ford said, the age of a person is no much difference than the age of their learing.

Self-compassion. Practice self-compassion by treating yourself with the same kindness and understanding you would offer a friend. Forgive yourself for past mistakes and recognize that growth often involves setbacks. Self-compassion fosters a positive relationship with oneself.

The candle of mindfulness. Engage in mindfulness to stay present and connected with your inner self. Mindfulness helps you become aware of your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, allowing you to respond rather than react to life’s challenges.

Connecting with Others. Building meaningful relationships can also reveal the best parts of yourself. Supportive and positive connections can mirror your strengths and encourage you to express your authentic self. The longest research on longevity conducted by Harvard University explicitly concluded, the most important factor of longevity is the quality of our relationship with the closed one.

The peak of the journey. What I mean by the best parts of yourself is simple, meeting the wholistic you! Where there’s peak, there’s abyss. Where there’s day, there’s night. In the same way, where there are happiness, joy and pleasure, there are sadness, sorrow and pain. While suffering souls or those who committed suicide are greedy to choose glad over sad, the blooming souls smile to both sad-glad. Similar to mother nature smile to both night and day. Remember, mother nature live longer because they are completely free from duality like sad-glad, dirty-holy. Smile beautiful souls, you’re perfect as you’re. From the last fountain of peace, creativity, productivity, or even success that beautify the soul will flow naturally and effortlessly.

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About the author

H.H. Guruji Gede Prama

Gede Prama started his spiritual journey through a dialogue with his symbolic Guru in a village at the north of Bali. The journey is then being enriched with his experiences of studying abroad, his meetings with the world greatest spiritual Gurus: His Holiness Dalai Lama, The Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, as well as Professor Karen Armstrong; and also being deepened by his intense meditation practices.

Despite the fact that he was once a CEO of a large corporation with thousand of employees, and was traveling abroad frequently for the purpose of teaching, yet, being deeply moved by the Bali bombing incident in 2002, he then decided to leave everything and went back to his home island.
He has never leave Bali for the past few years. In fact, he rarely leaves the silence of the forest where he lives, except for the purpose of teaching at the sacred sites within Bali.

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