I saw this quote, “If you want to climb a mountain, begin at the top” in a post titled “Begin at the Top,” on Thomas Craig’s blog Zen Revolution…I highly recommend linking to that post and reading those ideas…. here are a few of the ideas that I directly quote, but presented as a bulleted list, in different format… and put onto a “page”…to help myself think and reflect more clearly….
Well, after reading and reflecting upon those ideas,
I came up with a few additional ideas of my own…
for learning how to develop more awareness of the benefits of a goal
and to use the awareness of the benefits
to help empower the effort
this is an “awareness” that I really want to develop and learn….
And then continuing…. reflecting…getting more specific….
Tying in with these ideas….
I’ve been attending a 4 weekend meditation class…
about learning to develop more focus on an object of meditation….
whether the “object” is the breath, a symbol, an image….
And the ideas in the class tie in closely with this “begin at the top” idea….
starting with the aspiration and intention
The teacher of the class emphasizes
that it’s so important for people to look very carefully
at the positive qualities or results
that might come out of being able to achieve any goal
Although these steps were about improving at focus and meditation,
I think they will be very effective
for supporting working toward any goal….
to identify what those positive qualities of the results might be…
to reflect again and again on those qualities…
to develop confidence or “faith”
in how important those qualities would be in one’s life….
and how much those qualities could support the lives of others
to develop a deep “yearning” and “aspiration” for those qualities…..
to use that aspiration to provide the energy
to put in the needed effort to work toward those qualities….
and the result that will come out of that effort….
…causes lead to effects…
Starting at the bottom of the following page and working one’s way up….
A more concise version of that page…
And a single reminder or bookmark,
to help me to remember and to use these steps
with any goal I’m hoping to achieve…
to add that power of faith, yearning, aspiration,intention and motivation
to the sustained “joyful effort”
that will come out of those qualities
and lead to results
whew…this was an ambitious post…
but the process of creating it really shows me
that when we find an idea that we care about and think is important,
the creative and sustained energy for creating “pages” and posts
comes out of that sense of deep caring…
and is supported and powered by
! I did it !
Updated post on Pocket Perspectives, October 1, 2013: “If you want to climb a mountain, begin at the top”