We are to live out of the center of who we are-- "Like a wheel turning out of its own center," (Friedrich Nietzsche). In order to do that, we have to spend time nurturing and nourishing our relationship with our center. Our center is the contact point with our original nature, our natural rhythms, and the Source-- the Mystery at the Heart of Life and Being. It is no light thing to return to the center! And it is an absolute essential thing to live from there! At the center, there is stillness and silence and a perceptible, though faint, sense of "AUM" in the air. And we know we have what we need to find what we need to do what needs to be done in each moment, moment-by-moment, situation-by-situation, day-by-day, throughout our life and beyond. Return regularly to the center, and everything will fall into place around that. We have to understand, however, that "falling into place" doesn't mean "having our way." We will have to adjust our expectations, aspirations and ambitions to align them with the center's aims, and our destiny's interests, which is necessary to turn things around and create the framework for a life lived from the center, transforming all things.
It takes returning regularly to stillness and silence in maintaining our connection with the center and the Source-- with the Mystery at the heart of life and being. When we lose that connection, we are on our own, without guardrails or guidance, lost in the wasteland of fear/desire/duty, with nothing to stabilize or orient us beyond the next thing to want, and all the things to hate, despise, loathe and detest to keep us going. Groundless living is drifting-- free-falling-- through our life, hoping to find something to make it worthwhile, and settling for one addiction after another as an acceptable substitute for being alive. All the time ignoring the life that is "right there," "right here," waiting to be recognized, acknowledged, embraced and engaged. Like the man holding the butter, looking for the butter. Like the woman with her glasses on her head asking, "Has anybody seen my glasses?" We walk past our life, through our life, seeking our life, when all it takes is stopping, seeing what we are looking at, hearing what we are listening to, knowing what we know and doing what needs to be done about it.
"I believe, help, thou, my unbelief!" Means, "I know who I need to be, help me be who I am!" Means, "I have the mental part down! Help me incarnate that in my life!" Means, "I know what needs to be done! Help me do it!" "In each situation as it arises! All my life long!" We live to put it into action. We live to live the truth of who we are in the midst of the 10,000 things. In the whirling Dust of the World. Amid the heaving waves of the wine-dark sea. If you think that is easy, back it out of the drive way and take it round the block a time or two. It takes focus, clarity, concentration, dedication, stillness and silence, and practice, practice, practice to live without contrivance, with sincerity, spontaneity, compassion, awareness, balance, harmony, acceptance of-- and compliance with-- how things are and what needs to be done about it in each situation as it arises, throughout our life. But. Once we get that down, it is clear sailing all the way.