30 Days of Yogi Wisdom – Day 4 featuring Vardhamana Mahavira

quote by Vardhamana Mahavira

“Fools are asleep; sages are always awake.”

Today’s quote is short and sweet but a not-exactly gentle reminder that we need to always have our eyes open and be awake to the world around us! I interpret the meaning of this quote to be something along the lines of always improving upon oneself. That we should never close off our opinions and attitudes because the world (and the state of the world) is constantly changing.

I find it can be super easy to accept the status quo, it requires a whole lot less effort to be passive and let others be the movers and the shakers. Vardhamana Mahavira’s quote is an encouragement to step outside of our comfort zones and question everything – to be awake to the realities around us. Rather than moving through life with our eyes half-open accepting everything as it is, we must not be afraid of action and of standing up for what we believe in as well as standing up for those who don’t necessarily have the ability to stand up for themselves.

I admit I love being comfortable. I used to hate it when people told me that good things happened when I stepped outside of my comfort zone. I thought this was ridiculous! Why would one choose to not be comfortable. Nevertheless, in the past few years when I’ve decided for whatever reason to take some risks, even though moments have been uncomfortable, the exhilaration, joy, sense of purpose, and newfound memories have made every risk worth the struggle. I often think of Mother Teresa – she worked daily among the sick and poor tending to situations that were perpetually uncomfortable yet the videos I’ve watched of her show her as peaceful, driven and even happy. Like her awareness and ability to make a difference outweighed all of the pain of the situation.

This is my interpretation of “fools are asleep, sages are always awake.” What’s yours? Let’s have a conversation in our Facebook Group! (if you’re not a member yet, just click join)

 

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