One of our superpowers is bearing the legitimate pain of being alive. When we carry the pain that is ours to bear, we know that we are one with all others in the experience of the pain of life. That knowledge is the source of our identification with one another and all human beings-- all beings-- who know the awful, grounding, truth of life's grief and sorrow. No one escapes the pain of living, and in the end we all die. The experience of that reality makes us all one. We face the ultimate loss of everything together, as one. At its heart, compassion is the recognition of our identity with one another in our vulnerability and anguish. Compassion makes life under these-- under any-- circumstances possible, livable, even enjoyable, joyful. The superpower is joy in the midst of sorrow. Saying, "YES!" to life on life's terms, in an "anyway, nevertheless, even so" kind of way (Which is the very same as, the "Thy will, not mine, be done," kind of way, with the "Thy" understood to be "The Way Things Are." We are all born into a similar fate, we have no say as to the time and place and parents of our birth and the conditions/circumstances of our life. Our destiny is what we do with the givens, how we respond to the here and now, regardless of what it is-- with how we bear the pain of being alive. A compassionate embrace of life and of everyone living under the curse of life (We are all going to suffer and die), transforms the nature of the situation much like the Elder Wand, or a superpower, would do. And from there, anything can happen, along the path that constitutes the Adventure of Being Alive. How well we bear the pain tells the tale we are here to tell. It all comes down to, and flows from, that one thing.
Everything is grounded on chance all the way down-- the chance that our parents were our parents, the chance that we were born when and where we were born, the chance that we are male or female, or male in a female body, or female in a male body, or that a war came along to ruin our chances at pitching in the major league... All of it is based on chance. What are the chances of the way things are being the way things are? Whatever those chances are, they improve considerably based upon our attitude/perspective which guides our response to what they are, when they are, how they are. We have a better future based on how we react to our present. Every here and now is a fulcrum, a turning point, upon which the future is shifted into position. The next moment flows from this moment. How we live here determines-- or strongly influences-- what we live with there. We improve our chances by the way we approach/deal with our chances-- the chance that this is what we have to deal with and not something else instead. What gives us the best chance of improving our conditions/circumstances within the conditions/circumstances of our living is to empty ourselves of desire/fear/anger/hatred/duty/agenda/opinion/emotional reactivity/ and sit/stand in the stillness and silence what needs to be done arises/emerges/appears/occurs to us to call us--thrust us-- into action. When we do the right thing, at the right time, in the right place, in the right way because it is the right thing to do, for nothing but the joy of doing it and the satisfaction of having done it in mind, we transform the time and place of our living, one situation at a time, improve our chances and our choices, and have it made, as much as we can have it made given the nature and conditions/circumstances of our living, and open ourselves fully to the adventure of being alive.
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Jim. Your words today are, to me, most profound. Empathy and compassion. Thank you for not leaving your place of meditation, so you might share with us these simple, true insights. Off to work…. you have a great day! 1✌💕🦋
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