The Choice between ‘AND’ or ‘OR’


My life is dull AND extraordinary at the same time.  What do I concentrate on?

My magnificence is brilliant AND insignificant at the same time.  What do I concentrate on?

‘Conscious living’ is how we observe and act on that duality which is a constant companion to us.  Our observations generally are along the lines of  “I am this OR I am that”.

When I have an ‘OR’ in me, I limit myself.  When I have an ‘AND’ in every label I create, I have a choice to act on either of those.

Do I live in the rigidity that the ‘OR’ creates?

Can I live fluidly and effortlessly shifting between the ‘AND’s randomly but consciously?

E.G “I am confident OR not confident”  or “I am confident AND not confident” etc.,

Living with the ‘AND’ frees me.  It allows me to breathe as I walk life deliberately –  fully aware of both my potential and limitations, scared of neither,  holding both in the container of me without judgment, with full awareness, recognising and respecting the sacred in the polarities.

I am small AND big

I am ugly AND beautiful

I am idle AND busy

I am not loving AND loving

I am selfish AND selfless…………… on and  on, every thought, every label, every concept, every idea.

We constantly switch between these polarities and yet put hard expectations that it has to be an ‘Either’ or ‘Or’ which stifle us and make us limited, small and insignificant.

Whereas when we consciously switch between these polarities that are on a continuum with an ‘AND’ in between, that awareness gives us a choice to live deliberately expansive and inclusive,  on the higher end of the spectrum with full self-knowledge .  We know fully well that we will slide to the other end any minute, and also know that we can rise up again to the higher end.

So, today, let us try to live with an ‘AND’ in every thought, word and deed.  Let us discard the ‘OR’ and only choose an ‘AND’.  Within that spectrum, let us choose to live on the higher end.

I can………..AND can’t………………….; I choose to…………..

I am…………AND am not……………..; I choose to……………

I will…………AND won’t………………; I choose to………………..

He/She is………….AND is not……….; He/She chooses to………….

Fill in the blanks with whatever.

Make the choice and live with that choice, consciously and knowingly.  See  how it feels.

In that freedom of choice, you lovingly discover what you are and that self-knowledge leads to self-confidence.

When we confidently and consciously make choices based on an awareness rising from self-knowledge, there follows a satisfaction that  no amount of attainment or entertainment can provide.

A Self-Satisfaction that is based on pure, loving awareness of one’s Self.

Shall we try it…………..

With Love and Respect

Padma Ayyagari

 

About Padma Ayyagari

I am a Human Values Activist, passionate about and trying to live steeped in Spirituality. I live with the knowledge that Love is the undercurrent of all human life. I believe in Unity of Faiths, Unity in diversity and try and live my life with unity in thought, word and deed. Helping others to lead a life of practical spirituality that will give peace of mind is my passion and life purpose.
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