– Heartwood Path Waypoint 66 –
Indulge In Earthly Pleasures
For those traversing the Heartwood Path, indulgence in earthly pleasures is not considered suspect, transient, impure, or worthless. In Proverbs 13: 12 it says: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.”
Indulgence along the Heartwood Path ought to always be life-affirming, positive, and ethical. Rather than suppressing desires, the Heartwood Path encourages you to move into your desires with full consciousness. The Soul craves what it is denied. By embracing and then overcoming (transcending) your desires, you can, if you wish, overcome them.
If this is not a day when you prefer to spend time in nature without an agenda, do the following activity:
Indulging In Earthly Pleasures
HumaNatureConnect Activity: Indulging In Earthly Pleasures. With pen and journal in hand, go to an attractive natural area and, in a spirit of appreciation, look around you to find something that is attractive to you. Once you find an aspect of nature that is attractive to you continuously for at least ten seconds, use the optimal functioning you receive along with your continued attraction (which can be thought of as your consent to do this activity with the help of the attractive natural being) to indulge in an earthly pleasure (these being eating, drinking, sex, enjoying natural scenes or natural beings, and more) and thus find enjoyment in aspects of the natural world. Seek to also transcend these sensual pleasures by also attaining the wisdom that is housed in the Dharma (the a set of universal truths that are excellent, cause no afflictions or defilements, and are permanent) and by attaining wisdom that comes from Nirvana. To find the wisdom that abides in Dharma during this activity, indulge and, as you do, consider the origins and causes of this delight and the effects of your chosen indulgence. To find the wisdom of Nirvana as you indulge consider how the source of your earthly pleasure--the enjoyable person, place, or thing--is impermanent. Write down your observations in your journal.
Natural Systems Reflection Process
For best results, write down your impressions of this activity in your journal using as many of the following components as you see fit, afterwards, share your interpretations with others.
The Heartwood Path Exchange:
Swap Your Ideas, Impressions, Photos, And News With Others
Your input is vital. Enjoy sharing!
Heartwood Path Axioms: