What do we make of it? That's the question. What does it mean? For us? To us? What does life mean? What does our life mean? What do we mean? To us? For us? What is meaningful and what is not? How meaningfully do we live? How meaningful is our life? How meaningful is what we do each day? How do our answers to these questions stand up in the silence? Stand up in the presence of Truth? How truthfully do we live? How does our life conceal us from the Truth of how it is with us-- of how it is with our life? What questions do we never ask? What things do we never say? How truthfully do we live?
I spend a good bit of my time imagining worse-case scenarios as my most likely future, and have learned to return to balance and harmony by looking forward to seeing how I respond to it when I get there. Waiting to see what I do is my favorite thing. And it has saved me a fortune in alcohol purchases, not to mention the prison sentences for cocaine possession I have avoided. Our future is highly unimaginable, yet, we spend a lot of time wandering among the ungodly and absolutely horrendous as though it is a sure thing. Save yourself unnecessary agony by becoming curious about how you will handle the worst possible outcomes when they inevitably come upon you.
It is important to be right about what is important. That is our sole responsibility. That is our soul's responsibility. And it is our responsibility to listen to--and heed--our soul in all matters, great and small. We are our soul's servant in the work of knowing and doing what is important moment by moment in each situation as it arises. We are here to spend our life in the service of what matters most in each situation as it arises. In order to do that, we have to be attentive. Tuned in. Present. Awake. Alert. Mindfully aware. In all times and places. No not-knowing what is going on. No interfering with our ability to know what is going on by being lost in fantasy, swamped by desire, consumed with fear, bound by duty and awash in the 10,000 things. Sit still. Be quiet. Watch. Listen. Wait. To know what needs to be done, when, where and how-- and do it. That is all we have to do. How is it going?
Cultivating stillness is as simple as being still and quiet. How hard is that? The vantage point of stillness allows us to see everything, and seeing everything is the key to knowing what to do about it, here and now. And that is all we need to know. Ever. Forever. What to do now, here. There is nothing difficult about any of this. It's like Jesus said: "It isn't across the ocean that you have to start swimming to get there, and it isn't over the mountains that you have to start climbing to get there, and it isn't on the other side of the world that you have to start walking to get there. It is right here, right now, as close as your next breath, as near as your next thought. All you have to do is be here, now, sitting still, being quiet" (Or words to that effect).
There is a mask-- as in persona, not Covid 19-- or two for every moment of every situation in every day all our life long. And we have to alert and agile and swift to switch masks to match our roles as the circumstances require throughout all of the days of our lives. We cannot be one way only. We have to be who is called for in each here and now that comes along. The coach is not the mother/father, is not the daughter/son, is not the role we play in any moment that is not a coaching moment. And we have to be who the moment needs us to be, who the moment requires us to be. We have to move with the wind that blows where it will, as is needed, through all of the situations and circumstances of each day. It is amazing how our life balances and harmonizes and self-regulates as we become adept at changing roles in ways appropriate to the occasion, and everything falls into place around that.