Photo Credit: Rosa Cruz Azurea. Light is able to shine through flowers as naturally as day turns into night: there's no obstacle placed in its way.
Life is. Life simply is.
Life, if left to unfold naturally, can be and is beautiful. PhotoCredit Liu dMila
We don't know for sure from whence it came. (In October, Pope Francis settled the question on evolution vs. creationism)
We don't know where it's going.
Yet, from beginning to end, we get ourselves relentlessly tangled up in it.
Breathe. Be Still.
The rose in its many splendors calls out for us to STOP.
"Look at me. I grew, yet I did not strive to grow."
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Peace. Be Still. With life and all our of striving.
"Life is not going anywhere; there is no goal to it, no destination. Life is non-purposive, it simply is. Unless this understanding penetrates your heart, you cannot slow down. Slowing down is not a question of any “how”; it is not a question of technique, method… Change your basic philosophy: that of an achiever. Relax into your being." Osho, Contemplative Mystic, via Mentors' Channel, 21-Day Meditation
We glorify activities in life because they give our life purpose. Whatever we do in life, we do it with a sense of urgency. We must get it done...and now!
Without this sense of urgency, what is the point...of even waking up tomorrow?
We must get it done...and NOW!
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Is life with all its hustle and bustle today,
any more joyous or happy than in earlier times?
As hurriedly as we move, life is not going anywhere but in a giant circle.
We see this circle with new babies coming into the world and needing care, and on the other end, with older people preparing to leave the world and needing care. Yet, we hurry.
|Photo Credit: Musetouch Visual Arts Magazine. We can pause and create wherever we are and with whatever gifts we've been given to be part of the equation of life, bringing joy to others.|
We must accomplish and achieve. And it must be done...yes, yesterday.
As we're hurrying along to accomplish so much, we're missing ...life.
(See this piece about what we do when we pay attention to the world around us: "Can I Borrow Your Bucket For a Bit?")
|Lillian Weber: doing what she loves each day...sewing.|
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We're missing the cues that come from human interaction...the cues we gain by
connecting one on one with people from all places and spheres in life.
That's why travel becomes so important. We see much and we learn much.
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Indeed we learn, people don't come in only one form. The creativity of cosmic consciousness is at work in many ways...mixing us up!
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The world is wide, and so, yes, there are many differences for us to absorb.
Some of us try to immunize ourselves from acknowledging these differences by making our way and our walk in life the desirable and only way through the universe. We make laws to acknowledge that our way and our views are supreme on Earth. But in the end...to the place where we're going...does it matter?
Muslims and Jews. Jews and Muslims and Christians. Muslims and Hindus. Hindus and Sikhs and Buddhists. Catholics and Protestants. Methodists and Lutherans. Lutherans and Jehovah Witnesses. Seventh Day Adventists and Jehovah Witnesses. Then there is Mormonism and Scientology, each established solely on the beliefs and teachings of one individual.
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her Buddhism. This sets the tone for others
Where does your group belong?
If I were to ask you, I'd bet anything you'd have great arguments for why your group and your way makes the most sense, wouldn't you?
Even with all our scheming and planning and trying to trick life, though, with our religions and our rules and our views on the "ought to's" and the "should be's," life has a way to reckon with us.
Yes. We AGE!
In defense of EGO, this is when it starts to take a backseat, having urged us on for so long in our early years. Ego begins to go into "retirement" as we age. It finally realizes that it cannot do all.
Aging and the process of Life, itself, forces us to slow down. When we do, we see and we ask:
"Where was I going in such a hurry?" "Why did I miss so many important cues along the way?" "Why was I so blinded?" "Why was I so stupid?" "Why and how didn't I know?"
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down the wrong road to self discovery.
As we age, life has a way of replaying for us all the little...and big ...slips we made along the way.
Somewhere in the middle of our lives, we think we've got it all figured out:
"Okay, yes. I've lived; I've learned. No person, place or thing can trick me now."
If we're still walking through life with blinders on, with EGO leading the way, we may try to plot and scheme our way through life again. Doing so, though, we'd end up in the same circle.
If we were conscious of life only as taught through religion, we may cling to it some more, fervently going to church to squeeze whatever "tricks" we may think we have missed along the way:
Am I praying right? Am I saying the rosary right? Am I giving enough to causes? Am I good enough?
Fervently we hold on...and will keep holding on. We've even passed down these techniques, much earlier in life, to our kids. This assures that the next generation continues the tradition of walking exactly the same way through life that we learned from our parents and generations before.
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I'm of the opinion that we're here to become a better version of ourselves, evolving from where we came into the world. So our lives are 'personal' and unique to our Soul's journey.The collective journey is when we each get bettter at life and can contribute at a higher level to the greater whole.
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The way I see it, looking back with regrets on things we did when we did not have the consciousness to know better is an absolute waste of time. Keep moving forward to a new level of consciousness, hopeful that you'll keep doing better as you grow.
The greatest thing we can do for our lives is to make the best of each day; try to live it as if it's your last! This means being an instrument of love and caring for those around you. Giving the best of yourself to the tasks at hand. Leaving your handprints on all you do, and great footprints for others to follow.If we have even a half-way consciousness of the spirit within us, we'd whisper, "Lead Me, Guide Me."
Even with this half-way consciousness, we would have learned that despite our way of walking in the world, which may have worked for us, there simply are other ways; we'd let go of trying to change or convert people to our view.
We'd learned, there's much we don't know about life...much to learn about and from animals.
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We would be able to trace back all of our steps and see that no matter how much we tried, there was an inexorably presence leading us on.
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If we're fully AWAKE and aware of the Consciousness that is our lives, we will learn to just be. Then we can make the choice: BE HAPPY!
We'd learn that this consciousness is us, and we can only cultivate our relationship with it by being present with it in each and every moment.
"Within me is the potential for meaningful, creative, and dynamic living. I am worthy and free to demonstrate life, wisdom, understanding, strength, and order—attributes of my divine inheritance." Daily Word, July 31, 2014
We'd slow down.
We'd find we must slow down in order to connect and create.
We'd slow down.
We'd know that the relentless walk ...going here and there... is a futile step to really going... nowhere.
We'd slow down and just be....with the moment.
After all, we'd figure, this IS Life and it can be lived...
yes, only in the moment.
|Slowing down and savoring each moment of life brings joy and happiness, as we witness with this loving mother and her son.|
We'd simply breathe in and breathe out...enjoying LIFE.
"Creativity has nothing to do with any activity in particular – with painting, poetry, dancing, singing. It has nothing to do with anything in particular. Anything can be creative – you bring that quality to the activity. Activity itself is neither creative nor uncreative. You can paint in an uncreative way; you can sing in an uncreative way. You can clean the floor in a creative way; you can cook in a creative way. Creativity is the quality that you bring to the activity you are doing. It is an attitude, an inner approach – how you look at things
Whatsoever you do, if you do it joyfully, if you do it lovingly, if your act of doing it is not purely economical, then it is creative. If you have something growing out of it within you, if it gives you growth, it is spiritual, it is creative, it is divine. Love what you do. Be meditative while you are doing it, whatsoever it is – irrelevant of the fact of what it is." Osho, Contemplative Mystic, via Mentors' Channel 21-Day Meditation.
|Remember: If light shines through a flower or a tree, it also always is seeking a way to shine through you.|
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we'd stand through the test of time.
Like mountains: With the right consciousness,
We'd stand through the test of time.
Most of all hold on to faith and love, gain true understanding and wisdom, by giving up your human will. Find the real strength that lies within you and, even as you do, realize there is an "order" to your life and to all of life. So live yours with zeal and enthusiasm, letting go (eliminating) the things that are not just, right and true. Create from the essence of your being (imagination) and find your power, as you enjoy all the gifts that Life offers to us all.
(See Unity's Twelve Powers chart on this blog.)
Osha also offers that trying to escape the life of Zorba--eating, drinking and being happy--is not the way to fulfillment either.
"Zorba, the Greek, is the very foundation for Zorba, the Buddha," he says.
Those people who try to avoid life's normalcy by trying to become monks, are immature in Osho's eyes. "Before a lotus can become a lotus it must go through the mud. The mud is the world," Osho says. Monks are afraid of the mud, he says.
Essentially, Osho urges us to live life in its fullest and only then can we appreciate our Buddha transformation.
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Happy Holidays. Make it the Best one yet!
*NOTE: I strongly recommend this movie about Stephen Hawking's life. Even though Hawking currently repudiates GOD and his impact in our world, the movie provides a great insight into the physicist/scientist's thinking and clearly demonstrates for those of us who believe in God his very activity in Hawking's life!