“Find love, peace, and respect in yourself. Do not seek these from others.” - Swami Muktananda
Is it a wake up call for you too?
I have been marinating in this teaching for a couple years. It helps me to be aware of my tendency to reach for these qualities outside of myself. And then I snap back into the present, to the source of love and peace within.
To live more this way, I have to undo a lot of passive mental training from my culture: That love comes from another person. That peace comes from circumstances being just so. That respect has to do with how other people see me.
Working on this portrait of Swami Muktananda has been an immersion in these teachings of deeply and continuously turning within.