We are the guardians of the Outlands, of the Boundary lands, of the Borders. We keep an eye out for threats to our security and stability-- for noise and complexity. Nothing destroys our balance and harmony like noise and complexity. That is why AAAUUUUMMMM... is such a necessary restorative device. Calling us back to here/now, settling the mud, clearing the water... allowing us to just breathe and be present with the time and place of our living. Threats to our security and stability are neutralized and disappeared by our return to balance and harmony, emptying ourselves in the stillness of the silence between breaths here/now... We are the guardians reminding us to return to the silence, and be well.
We can reduce our vulnerability by reducing our exposure and increasing our awareness, but. We will remain vulnerable as long as we are alive. To be alive is to be vulnerable. Only the dead are beyond damage. Which means that we have to toughen up. Take in in stride. Let it be. Embrace our vulnerability, and tell ourselves to not worry about it because we will take care of it-- by living from being grounded upon the Anchor Stone of our original nature and innate virtues, which equip us to meet and deal with whatever comes our way. We started out in the jungles and the caves, with nothing but our original nature and innate virtues to work with, and here we are. We have what it takes to do what it takes to find our way through all contexts and circumstances. Vulnerability is just one more thing to accept about the way things are as we step into the day and look around for what needs to be done. Welcome to the Ride. The Walk. The Path. The Journey. We are all in this together, and we help one another along the way. It is good to have your company!
Fraser Snowden said, "The only true philosophical question is 'Where do you draw the line?'" How do we know? Dig in. Get to the bottom of it. See where it goes.