September 28, 2009

Why Are You Doing This? Daily Dharma, September 28th, 2009

Before you do anything, you should ask yourself why you are doing it, what is your purpose; what course of action are you embarking on. If the path ahead seems troublesome, perhaps you shouldn't take it; if it looks worthwhile, you can probably proceed. First, check up. Don't act without knowing what's in store for you.

–Lama Thubten Yeshe, from “Your Mind is Your Religion,” Tricycle, Summer 2000

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Andrea's picture

The article says 'don't act without knowing what's in store for you,' but sometimes the path is not entirely clear and you will have to deal with 'troublesome' situations or people for that matter. I find that problems arise when one asks and checks too much in preparation for certain aspects of life. In professional and workwise that is mostly beneficial when we are dealing with specific tangible outcomes and results but on a personal level the question remains. There are two main trains of thought that we wrestly and one is being very clear and precise; mapping out the exact outcome in increments of months or years and following it to the letter OR being clear in your mind about what you are going to do and then allowing the universal consciousness to unfold and manifest what you want in your life.