We human beings are marvelously constructed. We have bodies, minds and hearts at our disposal, all of which are animated by a uniquely configured inner source of life. These four components are combined in an infinite number of ways to create a spectacular and beautiful array of people, each one remarkably different from the other.
For an individual to be functioning optimally, his body, mind and heart must be healthy and in alignment with his inner essence, for as Plato put it: “The part can never be well unless the whole is well.” Each of these parts hungers for something different and could be said to hold aspirations. These aspirations separate us from the animals and permits us, when nourished sufficiently and used properly, to have dominion over the worlds we center.
You are wise to realize in advance that a newborn aspiration foreshadows future discomfort. In fact, aspiration is the source of most of the discomfort in the world. Rightly held, aspiration is the longing for greater and more refined expression of blessing through the capacities of body, mind and heart, the net result of which is a powerful pressure for change. Wrongly used, aspiration drives men and women to climb upon the backs of others in the accomplishment of their goals, which creates an unnatural and often unrelieved tension between all involved. Either way, aspiration brings discomfort.
Think about any aspiration you’ve had up until now, no matter whether it was centered in body, mind or heart. The experience of something more, something greater was desired and you became instantly uncomfortable in your own shoes. You were agitated, the fire was stoked and you were ready for change. Many people keep their aspirations low because they are afraid of the discomfort that is sure to follow. The lower the aspiration, the less the discomfort, yet compromising in this way is a death before death.
You, as I mentioned above, are marvelously constructed. Use the equipment you have – your body, mind and heart – on a generative basis that is constantly refining and seeking to accommodate a greater and greater expression of blessing, and life will be good, no matter what is happening round about. React to the expansion and you will find your heart and mind flooded with excuses and rationalizations as to why you couldn’t simply let it happen. “If only this were different” or “if only I had a different set of circumstances” soon becomes the mantra as the individual vainly attempts to barter with life itself, which sadly puts the individual at odds with the true nature of his inner self.
This is a critical phase. If you set up camp in the battlefield by wrestling with the excuses and rationalizations, you will experience inner turmoil that will eventually spill over in your living. Be thankful, however, for the turmoil is naught but a symptom of your body, mind or heart being at odds with the life that is in you. You have a warning light and it is good to know that you have a problem. If, however, you relinquish at this point any justification for not marching bravely forward – in body, mind or heart – and rise above the temporary discomfort caused by an aspiration that is transforming into new life expression, the excuses and rationalizations melt away just as quickly as they came into being.
You can and must be a better person from day to day. Your capacities of body, mind and heart thrive when challenged in this way. Keep moving, my friends, keep moving!