I don't know what keeps you going, as for me, I can't wait to see what happens and what I do about it. The Mystery is abundant. It unfolds in all directions every day. Something drops out of the sky several times a day. I wonder what will be next! I'm thinking new thoughts, realizing new realizations, wondering new wonders, encountering new things, all the time. My life won't stop amazing me. It keeps challenging me to meet the day and find what needs to be done and do it. So far, so good. How did Sisyphus do it? What was new about his day, each day? What did he look forward to? What did he dream of? I would like to talk to Sisyphus, and dig around in what he thought about and how he held things together. What was his relationship with The Mystery? What is yours? We live best, I think, when we live wide-open to The Mystery. How would you do that?
The British blessing, "Mind how you go," is a regular reminder, "It matters how you live!" We need reminding. We don't dismiss, disregard, disrespect, discount anything any faster than how we live. If we lived like it mattered how we live, we would enter through the Gateless Gate, Turn The Light Around, and take up the disciplines essential to the establishment and maintenance of a lifestyle that sustains us in the flow of the Tao-- of the Way, of the Path that is not discernible as a path-- routinely, absentmindedly, automatically, naturally, spontaneously in each situation as it arises. Spiritual practices are called "spiritual disciplines," because they require us to mind how we go. (And need I say at this point in our relationship, yours and mine, me with you, that "spiritual" has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with theology/doctrine/dogma/ dharma-as-rules-of-the-masters. There are no black footprints to follow on the path-that-cannot-be- discerned-as-a-path! All we have to go on are our original nature and the virtues essential to it that came packed inside us from the womb. And it takes the disciplines of life-in-the-spirit-that-is- ours-from-birth to connect us with the path that is our path back to the truth of who we are. Your disciplines are unique to you. You cannot use mine to your advantage. You are stuck with having to discover, uncover, recover your own. And you cannot mind how you go without doing that! It matters how you live! Savvy?
There is a sameness to every day. And a startling, upsetting, transforming, unbearable uniqueness about each one. Each day asks something different from us. We cannot meet the day like we meet every day. Eyes wide open are required to pick up the nuances, the subtleties, the understated shockers tripping us up, reminding us to mind how we go hiding around every corner, coming at us from all sides, winking at us and flashing down a rabbit hole, hoping we will follow it to some Wonderland Beyond The Looking Glass into the world that awaits all with eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart to understand what's what, and what is called for, and what needs to be done, and what needs us to do it, right here, right now, in every moment of each situation that arises, every day, all our life long. The wonder is wasted on those who do not see what they look at. Or ask the questions that beg to be asked. Or say the things that cry out to be said. Bored to death, as they are, by the same old same old.
Bodhisattva's are very savvy people who meet all of the requirements for enlightenment and the trip to the farther shore, but delay their advent to Nirvana in order to remain earthbound for the sake of those who would be lost without them. Which in to say, they understand the meaning of the Gateless Gate and Turning The Light Around, and understand Nirvana, Beulah Land, Heaven, The Elysian Fields, Paradise, etc. to be right here, right now, for everyone with eyes to see, ears to hear and a heart to understand. This is Realized Eschatology brought about by flipping the script and seeing the optical illusion for what it is, walking two paths at the same time and living with a foot in each world-- so that all of us become Bodhisattva's like that (snaps fingers) with the realization of what's what and how things are, and what that means for us here and now. It means knowing what needs to be done and doing it when it needs to be done, where it needs to be done, the way it needs to be done, in each situation as it arises, all our life long-- for the joy of doing it and the satisfaction of having done it, moment by moment, day by day. That is all there is to it. Bodhisattva-hood rides on this realization and embodiment along. Welcome to the club, all of those with eyes to see, ears to hear and a heart that understands!