We must talk to the world, and the world must talk to us. Though "commune" is more to the point than "talk," for with "commune," the emphasis is on listening and not on what is to be said. How do we position ourselves-- intentionally/deliberately-- to commune with the world? Sit quietly. Tune in. Wait for the shift to happen. The shift in perspective that lends itself to seeing/hearing/understanding/ comprehending what is being said to us in the silence, and what is being called for within the circumstances of our life. Meditation is a way of opening ourselves to the world, not of shutting ourselves off from the world. Contemplation and reflection are required for realization and discernment. When we do this, what happens? And what happens next? If our life were a book what would the title be? What movie or myth best represents our life? What song or poem best expresses how it is to be who we are? It helps to be fluent in metaphor, and to be able to grasp what the symbols are referencing in order to turn the world and the events of the day into a mirror reflecting the inner depths of ourselves. We see ourselves looking at us-- for us-- when we take the time to listen to what is going on. We are speaking to ourselves all the time, but no one is listening. The world is speaking to us all the time, but no one is listening. We have to know how to read the signs, to interpret our nighttime dreams (They all are saying: "This is how it is with you right now!" How is it with us right now?) We have to relate ourselves properly-- appropriately and authentically-- to the environment in which we are living day-to-day. Religion that does not connect us to the here-and-now is worse than worthless. Religion that talks to us of the then and there, or of the not yet but one day, separates us from the only time that matters: the present moment of our knowing, or knowing-not, what is called for and what is to be done about it. This what our communion with the world will do for us, open us to the time and place of our living and provide us with the awareness and the wherewithal to trust ourselves to the impulse of our nature in responding to the need of the moment, moment-by-moment all our life long. And that is all that is ever needed in any time and place.
Seeing each situation as it is and responding to it out of the spontaneous impulse of our nature is the foundation of balance, harmony and flow, and evidence of a heart that is noble, gentle and kind. If we allow our concern for the thoughts/opinions of others, or the Thou Shalts of parents or culture, or the zeal for personal gain or financial reward to inhibit our following the spontaneous act of compassion and grace, we will "leave the path, turn aside from the way," and wander through the wilderness of malcontent and dissatisfaction all our days. To serve the moment, we abandon thoughts of gain, and seek only to know how we might be of help to the time and place of our living with the gifts that come with us from the womb-- the spirit, vitality, life and virtues/character which are ours to incarnate, integrate, and share. Meeting the situation as it is as one "Thus Come," offering what we have to give to what is being called for, is all anyone need do through all the time that is ours upon the earth. No one could do more.
Everybody is looking for something. Ask them what, and it comes down to, "MY WAY NOW!" The maturity level of the species hovers around 2.5 years of age. From the beginning to right here right now, no one has ever been able to grow someone else up. Growing up is our responsibility. And we all grow up-- those of us who do-- against our will! We grow up-- those of us who do-- against our will by accommodation, adjustment and acquiescence. It is called "Coming to terms with how things are." It is also known as "Taking 'NO!' for an answer." How well do you do that? On a scale of ten, with ten being great and one being not at all? Ask three friends you can trust to be honest to rank you as well. Make it your goal to grow toward accommodation, adjustment and acquiescence throughout the time left for living. Rank yourself at the end of the day every day. Ask your friends to rank you every three months. Starting today.