In 1974, when I was a budding Sales Engineer, I was jealous of my colleague who was six year senior to me and had an impressive sales records and was a favorite of our boss! One night, this negative emotions of self-doubts, competition and animosity was so overwhelming that I could not sleep that night! In the desperation of finding 'peace', it dawned on me that 'Why don't I admire his success and make friends with him and asked him to train me to be a great salesman just like him!!!'. It was a 'Wow' moment! It was as though the mirage had lifted and found my true divine self, who was loving, fearless! The lesson from that night was (1) Be aware of your mind and its negative thoughts, and (2) convert them into very positive loving thoughts and actions! Always choose 'Love' over 'Fear'! The 'Mirage' will be lifted, the EGO will be dissolved and the True Self will be revealed!
When I was a pre-science student in M G Science college, my dream was to get an admission into L D Engineering college in Ahmedabad! Competition was fierce. I needed to get high score! Anything less than Engineering was not an option! Everyday, on my way to MG, I used to pass through LD. That is when I saw the 'sunflower' in full bloom! I used to see myself as a successful student of LD! I used to picture myself as a successful engineer in a big company! I can smell it, taste it, feel it! This visualization gave my sharp focus, a purpose and motivation for hard work! And by the Grace of Divine, I made it! Oh, how sweet is the sight of the Sun Flower! What a great Human Mind we have!
When I stop thinking (no future, no past), and 'being' in the present, I reach within, where there is no pain, no sorrow! Only peace and joy. Only Love, which has no opposite. It is your true self, the Atma. Love is one of the portals through which this liberation is possible.
For my simplistic mind, Spiritual Activism means always being in touch with your inner self and reacting to any nonconformity with love and respect. This reaction will be very positive and effective, without any bitterness or anger.
Until recently, the word Laziness had a negative meaning for me like 'Procrastination', 'Coward', 'Loser' etc! But now, it has become my best friend. It is like a deliberate 'pause' in otherwise mostly 'unconscious' living! It is like a brief unscheduled Meditation moment. I love it. When I come out of 'Laziness', I am energized. Thanks.