What are the destabilizing influences in your life? How do you balance your contradictions? Harmonize your opposites? Integrate your polarities? How conscious are you of the importance of living from the center? What do you do to reduce the noise, diminish the complexity, decrease the clutter, minimize the drama, increase the emptiness, stillness and silence in your life? Marianne Moor said, "The cure for loneliness is solitude." Being alone, being isolated, being shut off, shut out, are not the same things as being in solitude. We have to learn the difference for ourselves-- just like we have to learn the difference between the right kind of emptiness, stillness and silence, and the wrong kinds of those experiences. No one can tell us the important stuff. We find that out for ourselves. What is your original nature? How apparent is it in your life? What are the virtues that came with you at birth? How often to you bring them forth in your life? We cannot live at odds with ourselves and be happily at peace with our life. If that's you (Out of sorts with yourself), you have to get back on speaking terms with you, and then work on being best buds. Asking yourself, "Is this me or not-me?", and living to answer "Me," more often than "Not-me" (With "Me," being not what I want but who I am [Not wanting to be who we are is the source of much that ails us]), is the path. We think it is about doing what we want. It is about being who we are-- original nature and virtues, you know. Nothing good happens until that does. And balance and harmony, emptiness, stillness and silence are tools for the journey. Mind how you go.
Living out of our original nature, serving as sharing the virtues that come with us from the womb, is Buddha-hood, is Christ-centered, is being who we are. Babies come out of the delivery room being who they are, and spend the rest of their lives trying to get what they want. Ask any guru worthy of the title and they will tell you that leaving what we want at the door is the price we pay to be who we are. The way back to Eden is guarded by an angel with a flaming sword. To get back in, we have to die. Dying here is metaphorical, just like dying with Christ on the cross is metaphorical, and the death/resurrection motif around Jesus is also metaphorical. We "die" to having our way in order to be "resurrected" in being who we are. All good religion is grounded on metaphor. All bad religion is grounded on facts. And so, we have to be saved from those who would save us in order to be restored to ourselves, living out of our original nature and serving/sharing the virtues that come with us from the womb. The path to doing that is the path to life, is the Way of Life, is all there is. Turn the light around! Enter through the Gateless Gate! Transform your perspective! Transcend the way you think is the way, and take up the way that is the Way. By being who you are at the expense of what you want.