What are the forces of destabilization in your life? In what way do they stir up fear, desire, anger? What is interfering with your balance and harmony? In what way does that stir up fear, desire, anger? This photograph of a barn on Mormon Row, restores my stability and brings balance and harmony, peace and calm back into my life, as does every photograph I take, and process, edit and publish. There is a sense of rightness for me about each one, they transport me to "a place of quiet rest," and serve as a counter-weight to "the dust of the world," and "the noise of the 10,000 things," creating the possibility of "just being," "here and now." Every photograph I take, process, edit and publish is a portal, a threshold, a portkey to balance and harmony, spirit, energy, vitality, light and life. They restore my soul, restore my contact with my soul, and make for peace. They all are momentary breaks in my day, reminding me of the ground beneath my feet, "the air beneath my wings." And equipping me for the work that is to be done, in aligning myself with the way, taking stock of what's what, and what needs to be done, and how I might best assist what needs to happen with the gifts/shtick/virtues/specialties/etc. that are mine to serve and to share, here and now, moment-by-moment, in each situation as it arises, all my life long. In walking two paths at the same time, and being in the world without being of it. May you have such an anchoring device (or more than one) in your life which you return to on a regular/recurring basis, reminding you of what's important and helping you maintain your accord with the path, and your connection with the Mystery at the Heart of Life and Being.
There is dying and there is like dying. There is death and there is like death. There is being dead and there is like being dead. Death is a fact and death is a metaphor for refusing the requirements of life-- for saying no to life as it is and as it is asking us to be. Growing up is like dying. Again and again. Growing up is going against the grain, swimming against the current, and it is going with the flow, living in harmony with the times, doing what we are being asked to do in the here and now of our living. To not do that is to die to the rhythm of life, to be as good as dead. In every moment, we have to do what is being asked of us by the moment. We are here to do what is needed with the gifts/specialties/shtick/virtues/etc. that are ours to serve and share in each situation as it arises. We are not here to exploit the situation to our gain/advantage/benefit. This is the Eden/Gethsemane Axis, the pole connecting the polarities that define our existence. Eden is the metaphor for having our way no matter what. Gethsemane is the metaphor for submitting/acquiescing/surrendering to that which needs our cooperation/affiliation/ support/service no matter what. Either way we are going to die. One way is a death that leads to death. One way is a death that leads to life. What kind of death are we going to die before we are dead and buried?
We cannot change how things are without changing our attitude/perspective about how things ought to be. How things are is a function of how we think things ought to be-- and, more importantly, how we think things ought NOT be. To be concise: We have to change our mind about what we think is important. We can change our mind or our circumstances will do it for us. Climate change, for example. We see what is happening to Miami. People wanted to live in highrise condos on the beach. There is a story somewhere about a man who built his house on sand. Didn't work out so well. But he could get to the beach just by walking out his front door. He had to change his mind about what was important. We need to change our mind about a lot of things. Some of us don't want to live together with people who are not like they are. We all have to cut some slack, make some room, create an environment in which everyone is welcome and safe and treated equal to everyone else. Money is the great division maker. Wealth likes walls. But somebody has to haul off the garbage. You can buy an island, but what are you going to do with the garbage? And who is going to take care of your plumbing? Wealth likes walls, but we all flush and throw stuff away. People not like us take care of us all the time. Getting rid of them leaves it up to us to haul away our own garbage and do our own plumbing. Not what we had in mind. We have to change our minds about what matters most to have a chance in a changing world.