Lately there has been a lot of buzz around different types of ‘life hacks’. A life hack, simply put, is a clever and often unknown technique for improving the general efficiency and ease in a particular area of life. Call it what you will – novelty, shortcuts, secrets – once realized, whatever it is you were attempting has now been greatly improved.
Well, how is your attempt at life going? Because I am about to give you the three greatest life-hacks known to us. There are certain pearls of wisdom that will forever shine, no matter what age we find them in, no matter how buried they may become in the sands of time. The reason for this is simple: they are universal laws. They work. You will find them in all the great esoteric writings, within the philosophies of every messiah and every authentic teacher of wisdom. They endure, because they are, in essence, one of the foundational pillars of life itself. Such is their power.
The three practices I’m about to write of here have been distilled most recently by Eckhart Tolle, in his book A New Earth, Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose. He brings a fresh perspective and an exceptional clarity to them, yet make no mistake, he is not the originator. These are universal truths, as I’ve already mentioned. Apply them and reap the benefits.
It has been said that the only sure way to truly get what you want is to stop wanting it. This is the essence of non-attachment. Set your goals and go about achieving them, but relinquish all attachment to the result. Focusing too much on the outcome of something creates expectation, and expectation sets you up for disappointment. It also takes your energy away from the step you’re currently at. Focus instead your full attention in the present, and efficiency will flower. The concept of non-attachment also applies to ownership. Set about relinquishing your attachment to the things you own and you will find yourself enjoying them far more. This seems almost paradoxical, but with the worry of potential loss gone from your mind you are free, and the thing itself will take on an almost magical quality. Practice this and it will only deepen over time. Your attachment to results, to relationships and even your own personality will melt away, leaving you radiantly alive and free.
This is a tough one. The human mind, untrained and unrestrained as it is, has judgement set on autopilot. Everything falls under its scrutinizing eye the instant it is encountered – the weather, the clothes someone is wearing, the reaction of another in conversation. All of it is either good or bad – or varying somewhere in between – and it is all part of the mind’s incessant need to define itself and its place on this earth. The irony here is that, in so doing, it gives all of your power away. Deeper than this, it causes an inherently negative view of the world, through its automatic assumption that, ‘if this is how I am seeing others, others are undoubtedly doing the same to me’. Learn to let go of your judgements and this assumption will change along with it. If you can learn to see things as they truly are, beyond judgement, you will find yourself free of the feeling of being judged, and you will be that much closer to knowing peace.
While the first two points had to do with various aspects of letting go, non-resistance is the very art of it. In essence, it has to do with your immediate experience of present reality, and how you feel therein. Has something occurred that you don’t like, yet are truly powerless to change? Accept it deeply. Are you desperately fighting against something you don’t agree with, against others who differ in opinion? Switch gears and fight for something instead, against no one. What you resist persists, be it a trip to the dentist or the inevitable nature of change itself. To resist is to create tension against nature, against life, against the self. Learn to let go, be present, and you will truly know freedom.