There is a fine line between caring enough about the right things and caring too much about everything. Jesus and the Buddha advised knowing what is important and caring about that and letting the rest of it go. "Why worry about tomorrow?" they asked, "Or about anything out of your control?" they implied, "Let today's trouble be sufficient for today!" Know what matters, and deal appropriately with that. And let that be that. Or, as Lao Tzu suggested, "Do your work and step back. Let nature take it's course." Striving to make happen things that can't happen, or have no business happening, is dangerous and wrong-headed. Stick with what needs to happen-- and even with that, let the outcome be the outcome, and keep doing what needs to happen now, with this outcome. It is called "Making your peace with your life, and doing what you can with what you have to work with." All our life long.
We take our comfort and consolation where we can find it, and it is important that we find it, a place "to recover from the past as store up for the future," as Robert Ruark's grandfather put it. Too often, we go in for denial and addiction, which was Robert's downfall, and that of too many others of us who are up against it, with nowhere to turn. We have to have a turn-to place that won't turn-out to be worse than what sends us running to it. Where do you turn in times of trouble? Joseph Campbell was fond of asking, "What do you turn to when you have nowhere to turn?" He followed that up with, "There you find the stabilizing myth that grounds you and supports you through the ebbs and flows of life!" What sustains us, nurtures and nourishes us? What keeps us going? We persist and find our way in the strength of what? Money won't do it. Money pays for our addictions-- IS an addiction-- and enables our denial. Money is a cheap substitute for a grounding, sustaining, myth at work in our life. My myth is my belief/trust/confidence in the holy trinity of emptiness, stillness and silence, and in the abiding presence of the Inner Other that Carl Jung was talking about when he said, "There is in each of us, another, whom we do not know." He referred to this Inner Other as "The ten-million year old person" at the heart of our DNA, coming to life in response to circumstances which awaken him/her and call her/him forth to enable us to face what must be faced, and to do what needs to be done, in the here and now of our life. I take comfort in this belief-that-becomes-experience through the daily encounters with more than words can say and more than I could manage on my own-- and I strengthen connection with the source and foundation of my life with regular returns to emptiness/stillness/silence, where I find what I need to stand up and do what needs to be done, moment-by-moment, day-by-day.
The Practice is repetition and return to the Source and the grounding foundation-- the ground and foundation-- of emptiness/stillness/silence, sincerity/integrity/spontaneity, spirit/energy/vitality, having/doing/being, balance and harmony, what is called for, what needs to happen, here and now. The Practice is the organizing principle around which our life revolves and everything falls into place. Without the Practice-- apart from the Practice-- there is only the clamor and chaos, the noise and complexity of the 10,000 things to shatter our peace, disrupt our flow and disorder our life. Remembering our breathing and engaging the Practice restores our perspective and reorients us to see and to do what needs to be next, here and now.