Waiting for something or someone to change you, is like trying to get somewhere just by looking at it. It can take rather a long time.
Many spiritual leaders and gurus speak about the importance of truly seeing reality as it is and not being blinded by our own perceptions of the world. This seems to be one of the ultimate higher goals of meditation and other such mental and spiritual practices. It really doesn’t sound that difficult does it? Just open your eyes and see the world as it it. And yet, accomplishing this seemingly simple act of seeing, can constitute a lifetime of ongoing practice and personal development. The problem of course, lies not with our eyes, but with our Brain, who likes to analyze, speculate, judge, and reason its way out of seeing what is really there. Our brain, which gives us so much power and ability to do so many things and sets us apart from the rest of the animal kingdom, can also be our own worst enemy. What a contradictory species we are!
I suspect that I am particularly bad at quietening my mind and observing objectively. When it is not sleepy, my brain is exceedingly noisy. Recently I’ve started trying to meditate, but I find it extremely challenging and frustrating. At times like this, I really wish I could be more like a certain Bear of little Brain from the 100-acre wood.
“Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.”
― A.A. Milne
Some days feel like this
A broken TV lying face down next to a crate full of corroded battery cells. They have been left out carelessly and without any apparent order on the side of the street where I live. The remnants of once new technology that is now old, unused, and unwanted.
It seems ironic that it is so much easier to leave behind material things than it is to discard the ethereal components of our own psyche. But in order to make way for the new and begin a process of internal change, it is necessary to first abandon those parts of the self which are no longer useful or needed. A deceptively simple sounding concept which is at the same time infinitely difficult to put into practice.
Trying out photo painting for the first time. It took a lot longer than I thought… (><)
As we make our way through life we are constantly faced with choices, diversions, opportunities, distractions, detours, hardships and surprises. Though we often may not be aware of them, every day that we spend climbing, we are surrounded by branches that lead off to different experiences and in some cases, different lives. If we focus only on the path in front of us, we will miss all of these wonderful and interesting possibilities. On the other hand, if we are easily distracted by every fork in the road, then we may become lost and not be able to follow our ultimate path through life.
Of course, for many of us, the path ahead is not clearly illuminated, but rather shrouded in darkness. Or at the very least, veiled in mist. So how then do we know we are going the right way? Well, perhaps the answer to that is that there really is no ‘right’ way, anymore than there really is a ‘wrong’ way. The important thing is that we keep on climbing higher and higher, and every so often remember to take a risk and go out on a limb.