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Quaker buddhist, kinda quirky, loves cooking and knitting and movies. Dr Who fan, Scandinavian-aquarian and cat lover. Would love to be paid to travel around the world and write about local healing cultures. While eating and drinking and dancing. One day I will have a health cruise in the fjords.


MAY 8, 2012 1:19PM

At the moment, we await the big hand from the sky

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The awakened life is not as fleeting as the clouds we might associate with its image.  Surely, representation of one sitting in reflection, repose, connection involves images of the sun moving up from the horizon, or moving down into the horizon, clouds passing, maybe the eyes are closed and a little smile sits on the face.  

Then what?  Moment after moment, the awareness of being here, fully present, alive and tuned in, time takes a different shape around our psyche.  Nothing happens.  Everything can happen, will happen, has happened, but the moment in present mode is always just so.  It can get very slow.  Losing a timepiece or frame of reference to your day, time passes differently if at all.   It's what we learn to make of it- shaped by expectation, desire, anxiety, obligation- that drives us yearning, always unhappy with the set of choices we have made.  Somewhere, along the way, we have chosen wrong.  

Or have we?  We assume we have chosen wrong when things didn't work out as we wanted them to.  Of course, many things work out exactly as we have chosen them to, without our control over all the outcomes, or without our awareness of our impact.  The idea that we would redo things, differently, is a constant companion to our negation of experience.   Staying present, we can maybe learn to see things as they are-  with the good and the bad- instead of only yearning for their ideal- with all the good and none of the bad.  How can harmony have bad things?  

Ultimately, handing our fate over to some higher power, rendering ourselves helpless in the face of  destiny is in the back of our thoughts.  We await some force greater than ourselves- but made of our deepest wishes- to come down and steer for us, choose for us, put us on "the right path".  We admire those who go without for their selflessness, but who knows how much of that is chosen by them and how much is what they have made of their circumstances?  

We can adapt to almost any situation, if we believe we can, and sometimes thrive in places we thought we would surely die.  The resounding spirit inside of us is not the big hand from the sky- but the light inside of us that shares particles with the rest of the universe.   

You can commit to the life you live now, even knowing that things will change.  Being present doesn't mean stuck, it means just being there instead of one foot out the door into tomorrow.   It means believing that things are happening because of decisions we made and decisions others have made, and that we can't control it all.  Some of our choices work out better than others, for our preferences, and some are just chasing our own delusions.  


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When I think about people adapting to almost anything, I think of the prisoners in concentration camps. They were forced to be there by decisions of others, yet many of them created as much of a life as they could and survived to be liberated.
I guess I am ready for just about anything but most importantly Death.
According to the ancient Greeks unless one is ready for death one cannot see the loftier areas in life or even take part in an extended reality. The Elusian Mysteries. Good one OB!
You hit plenty of nails on the head here with this OB.
Deep thoughts. TY for this.
Wonderful reasoning. Reminds me of something a great teacher of mine always used to say: When you don't make decisions, when you don't take control of your own life, your life will control you and life will make decisions for you. Very well done.
That next to the last paragraph is a killer. A bright writer at work.
As eloquent as I have ever seen the point made, OB. Live in the moment...and own it. Absolutely riveting.

Awesomely wonderful; or perhaps wonderfully awesome, either way this is a sheer pleasure to read.
Wise words. Well done, and very much appreciated.
I sometimes say, "Thy will be done" when I'm facing a tough time, which relaxes me and allows me to face what comes with equanimity and handle the outcome with grace. I am getting ready to create change, though. It is time to reach out for a chance to move forward again.

When you asked how harmony could have bad things, I had a "duh" moment. Of course harmony is nuanced, which would include bad things. I'll have to ponder that response.
Loved: "You can commit to the life you live now, even knowing that things will change."

Want to commit to lunch soon?
I had a Sunday School teacher (hey I was young and and it was the 50's) but he would always talk about life's decisions we make and ultimately how we came to those decisions. He would always stop and write the word IF and circle it and tell us when making our decision we must first think if I do this how will it affect me and if my decision will affect others around me. If we know that then the decision will, good or bad, be of our own choice and the consequences of that decision we will have to live with. Great post OB and IF my comment didn't make any sense I'll blame it on a good buzz and Kaluha and coffee at 6am. Be well my friend and be safe........o/e r******