“I’m going to hit you with what are essentially two sermons. The first is that in order to be truly happy and realize the full potential of your life, you must always try to move toward enlightenment. A state where you are fully conscious of and connected to the world around you and the God inside of you. Where you walk through life with a smile on your face and give without expectation. The second is that the road to enlightenment is paved with gold! This is because when you’re truly conscious and give without expectation, you’ll be so attractive to the world that every toy, every material possession, will find its way to you. But here’s the thing: The more enlightened you become, the less interest you’ll have in those toys. You might like to hold them for a second, but you won’t be interested in holding on to them. Because your connection to God will remind you that you don’t need any of it!”
~ Russell Simmons from Super Rich
Russell Simmons. Part vegan-yogi. Part pop icon. 100% awesome.
In PN – Volume I we did a Note on his great book Do You! and I’m excited to share some of my favorite Big Ideas from this fun weekend read as well.
While getting inspired by Simmons’ wisdom, I literally laughed out loud a number of times—appreciating the audacity with which he shares some deep spiritual truths in the language of hip hop.
Somehow Simmons pulls it off and it’s really inspiring to imagine his playful yet serious style inspiring people who otherwise might not be into stuff like meditation, yoga, and veganism to live more spiritually connected lives.
With that, how ‘bout we jump into some of my favorite Big Ideas from this great book?!
Actually, first let’s hear how Simmons defines being “Super Rich”: “Before we go any further, let me clarify why I decided to call it Super Rich. The journey that I’m promoting in this book, despite what the title might seem to suggest, is not one that’s going to culminate in a mansion with a luxury car in the driveway. What I’m encouraging you to strive for, and really what I’m seeking myself, is something much greater. So rather than any state of material abundance, Super Rich actually refers to living in a state of consciousness where you’re able to see the miracles of life unfolding in front of you all the time.”
Now we’re ready. :)
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