There are no shortcuts to where we are going. It's one day at a time all the way. Of course, we can speed things up by seeing what we look at, hearing what we listen to, being aware of what we are dismissing, discounting, ignoring, knowing what we know, knowing what's what, knowing what needs to be done, and doing it when and where and how it needs to be done. Having no expectations, no agenda, no plans, no opinions. Spending the right amount of time with the right kind of emptiness, stillness and silence. Following the seven steps to what's next in each situation as it arises: 1. See it! 2. Hear it! 3. Feel it! 4. Know it! 5. Trust it! 6. Do it! 7. Be true to your original nature and the innate virtues you are here to serve and share in each situation as it arises. That's all there is to it.
We are here to bring ourselves forth as we serve and share what is ours to serve and share in each situation as it arises all our life long. We are here to serve and share our original nature and the innate virtues that come with us from the womb. No one can tell us what they are. We live to discover them, serve and share them over the full course of our life. Noise and complexity hinder that process. The right kind of emptiness, stillness and silence assist it. Following our interests assist it. And looking closer at the things that catch our eye. And knowing what resonates with us, attracts us, expands is, deepens us, enlarges us... assists us in the process of being who we are, doing what is ours to do, as we live to "Get in there and do your thing, and don't worry about the outcome!" (Joseph Campbell on the gist of the Bhagavad Gita).
When we cooperate with the process of serving and sharing our original nature and the innate virtues that are ours from birth, we are aligned with them and with the Tao of life and being. We are on the beam. In the flow. At one with our life, and enjoying the wonder of "fair winds and following seas." This is as it was with Adam and Eve before they had eyes for the Forbidden Fruit, and big ideas about how Paradise could be improved. The moral of the Garden of Eden has nothing to do about sin and keeping God happy forever. The story is entirely about being true to our original nature and the virtues that are ours from birth in doing what needs to be done, when, where and how, in each situation as it arises, no matter what all our life long. When we do that, things fall into place and life hums right along, until someone who is not doing it crashes into us, destroys our balance and harmony, and forces us to regain our focus and direction and find our way back to the way, shake it off and start over. By avoiding noise and complexity and spending the right amount of time with the right kind of emptiness, stillness and silence in the work of reorienting and redirecting our life and ourselves with our life. Diversion, distraction, deception and denial all work against balance and harmony, and we have to attend what's what and what needs to be done about it all of the time. Or, before we know it, like Adam and Eve, we find ourselves slip-sliding away, again.