What is meaningful about your life? How often do you do it? How often would you need to do it to say without hesitation that you are living a meaningful life? A life that has meaning for you is the only meaningful life there is for you. If what do has meaning for 10,000 people, but now for you, how meaningful is that? You could still drink yourself into oblivion every night and feel that you had wasted your life because it was not fulfilling for you. And it is not self-indulgent to live in the service of our highest/deepest enthusiasm, "it is vital," as Diane Osbon has said. Do not merely think about what is meaningful to you-- do it--as often as possible, for as long as possible! Make it your thing to do your thing, as often as possible, for as long as possible, throughout what remains of the time left for living!
Everything is a portal into mystery and unknowing. The Hindus, and before them, the Dravidians of the Indus Valley (2500 BCE - 1500 BCE) held that the world as always been just as it is. And always means always to them. It means there has never been a time when the cosmos was not. No beginning, no ending-- like the tides on the seas. The tide comes in and the tide goes out, and between coming and going, the tide turns around. So it is with the universe, coming and going always. It is a different way of looking at things. We think of the creating event as the Big Bang. Before then there was only tiny bits of matter coalescing over a long period of time. We do not ask, "How many Big Bangs have there been?" We think in terms on only one. Why only one? Before that one, what? Those of us in the Christian West, like to think there is only one God who has always been. We do not ask, "Before God, what?" or, "Where did God come from?" We grant eternal and everlasting existence to God. Hindus grant it to the Cosmos. And it all is shrouded in mystery. We do not know where it all came from, or how we got here, or by what means there is something and not nothing. Our Sunday school teachers told us a nice, pat, little story that answers nothing. That creates more questions than it resolves. And leaves us stuck with not-knowing half of all there is to know, or even half of one millionth of one percent of all there is to know. We live in mystery. We swim in mystery. We are awash in mystery. And we don't give it a thought. We should be staggered by the wonder of it all. And we spend our time complaining about the weather, or wondering where we can find a really good pizza. When everything is a portal into mystery and unknowing, and it is wasted on us. Absolutely wasted.
We are ice dancing here. Dancing with our life, at one with the music no one can hear, to the flow of time and place and the wonder of everyone, ourselves most of all-- for the glory of it, like a moth dancing with the flame, for the hell of it, for the joy of it, for the rapture of it, and the beauty of being in sync with the moment, having the time of our life. And, if not, why not? What are we waiting for? Step onto the ice, and dance! While you can!
There is more to it than meets the eye. This is the grounding hope at the bottom of it all. Karma and Grace and the Tao are all a part of the More. Synchronicity and the magic of Timing, and the wonder of Flow, and whatever goes into setting one Time and Place apart from all other times and places, always and forever... There is Mystery at the Heart of Life and Being. Mystery that is to be trusted and relied upon past all logic and reason. To be aligned with the Mystery is to be on track, on the beam, at one with the moment and in touch with the Unknown and Unknowable-- without being able to use it for our personal gain or benefit in any way. The Apostle Paul said it this way: "Have the same mind among you that you find in Jesus of Nazareth, who did not count equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself and became faithful unto death, even death on a cross." To live in this way is to be the Christ in each situation as it arises, in each moment of our living, by getting ourselves and our interests out of the way, and doing what needs to be done for no other reason than that it needs to be done, and having nothing to gain or lose because we are serving the Secret Cause beyond sight and sound, and are glad to be spent in that service, knowing it is better and more than anything we could ever imagine. If you are going to take anything on faith, let it be this, and live in every moment as though it is so.
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Jim, this photo work is inspired. It represents The Mystery. Your words are profound & prophetic. So glad to have had you in my life all my life long! I am easing around the edges of it all, at times completely immersed in the life giving breath. Peace & cheers & talk soon & much love, e$
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