Grounded in, and living out of, our original nature and that which is ours to do, we are invincible, untouchable, beyond reach, and cannot be knocked off dead center no matter what comes along. Send up the Cyclops! And Medusa! Genghis Khan and the Mongol Hordes! It doesn't raise a sweat. We are invulnerable when we are being who we are, doing our heart's sure things. The way is clear before us: Align our conscious identity with our unconscious original nature, and cast off all motives, desires, ambitions, incentives, aspiration-- and live connected with our heart and its sense of what it needs to do. Letting our heart and our original nature lead the way, is to be on the way across the slippery slopes, the dangerous paths and the razor's edge-- with nothing to fear, and the next adventure to look forward to.
Mindful living is being aware of the present moment with compassion for, and acceptance of, the "is-ness" of what is, without judgment or even opinion, on every level for as long as the moment lasts-- and then being present in the same way in the next moment, and so on, throughout what remains of the time left for living. Jon Kabat-Zinn has some valuable YouTube videos that will help with the process. Watch the shortest ones first, and change your life one moment at a time.
No one can tell us what our Original Nature is. That is ours to ferret out for ourselves. Each of us is unique in a special kind of way. Our Original Nature is like an emotional/psychological fingerprint. We also differ by the sonic patterns of our voice, the coloration of our eyes, the cones of our irises. Not to mention our idea of a good pizza. We are as different as different can be. We all are alike in that way. We are different and we are the same. The tide comes in, the tide goes out, the tide turns around... Which way is it? The tide is all those ways at once. If it is not coming or going it is turning around. That's the tide for you. Our place is to say "Yes!" to everything. But everything includes "No!" We say "Yes!" to "No!" and say "No!" to things that are out of place, or out of time, or out of place and time. "Everything in its own place and in its own time!" "Nothing in the wrong place, or in the wrong time!" "Yes!" can become "No!" "No!" can become "Yes!" depending on the time and place, the here and now, the situation that is at hand. The Dalai Lama's bodyguards carry automatic weapons. That is "Yes!" being prepared to say "No!" Shiva is the Lord of the Dance, among other things. He dances with time and place, with here and now, and is always exactly what he needs to be in each time and place of his being. Which means, of course, that Shiva contradicts Shiva, as all God's worthy of the title do. Yahweh is a God who hides in thick darkness sometimes, and is said to be The Light of Life in whom there is no darkness at all sometimes. Which way is it? The tide comes in and the tide goes out and the tide turns around. The only God worth having around is the God who sacrifices God, who kills God, who bears the cross of contradiction all the way to death, to be resurrected/reborn as God. Birth and death, coming and going and turning around, forever. This is the dynamic of life, of eternity, of the way things are. There is no static state of being. Rigid, static, unbending, unmoving, unchanging... is death, not life. Life is becoming by dying and being raised from the dead to new life, which is becoming... When something becomes, something else dies. Dying is the prerequisite of becoming. We are born to die again and again in the process of becoming who we are, of maturation, of developing wisdom and grace. This life. Life is the way of dancing with the time and place of our living, being what is called for here and now, and being something else then and there. Always moving, coming, going and turning around. Dying again and again, coming to life again and again, metaphorically and actually (Where does that line lie?), on and on. Never stopping. Never quitting. Never arriving. Always moving on. Dancing with time and place, being what is needed here and now, doing what is called for forever. World without end. Amen.