A Journey Ajar
In a Field Beyond Ideas
1. Set right yourself before seeking to set right the world.
2. Explore everything but cling to nothing.
3. Hold truth above personal preferences.
4. Realize that you are not seeking to get away or change but rather to no longer need to get away or change. The path is here and now, wherever you are.
die-thylamide said: How do you feel about the situation in Ferguson?
Because I am not there and experiencing these events for myself, I find it hard to comment on the situation in Ferguson specifically. There’s a good deal of information and disinformation circulating.
But mainly, for me, the point is that our police system is archaic and unacceptable. At the very least, every police officer should be required to wear a front-facing video recording device. I think that alone will change a lot.
I don’t blame the police. Look up the Stanford Prison Experiment. There is just an animal part of our brains that comes into play when consequence and oversight are suspended as factors. We need to keep our police force focused and effective rather than continuing on as the hand of oppression.
The other day, my good friend lazylucid pointed out to me that none of this is new; you’re just hearing more about it these days. And while we can’t change the past, we can make sure that this kind of tragic confusion is no longer a threat to innocent citizens.
So how do I feel? Tired about hearing of cops on power trips. Tired about hearing of innocent lives ended in bloody panic. Tired about how we all are constantly calling for change and watching as our political system fails us.
A democracy reflects the will of the people and right now I’m not feeling that happening at all.
Just my two cents on the matter.
Namaste my friend.
Life is short, break the rules
(they were made to be broken)
Forgive quickly, kiss slowly
Love truly, laugh uncontrollably
And never regret anything that makes you smile.
The clouds are lined with silver and the glass is half full
(though the answers won’t be found at the bottom)
Don’t sweat the small stuff,
You are who you are meant to be,
Dance as if no one’s watching,
Love as if it’s all you know,
Dream as if you’ll live forever,
Live as if you’ll die today.
beyond-whitewalls said: Hey lazy yogi the decisions I've made in life have placed me somewhere i really dont want to be, i wish i could follow another path but is difficult considering you need money to survive in this world. How can i follow my true passion? Any advice?
When you look at a river, is there a path? Only looking from far away does it seem so. Close up, there are many little streams within the river. Those streams sculpt the river’s banks while at the same time those banks give form to the river.
Circumstances give form to passion. And passion changes our circumstances. But the two are not disconnected.
Also, just as the river is not a single path, so too is your life not a single path. The choice isn’t about leaving one path to pursue another. The choice is about whether you will endeavor to understand the decisions that have brought you to where you are now, and why you made those decisions.
Not just on a causal level but on an existential level: Why have you made the choices that you have? What were you valuing or pursuing that in the end brought you somewhere that you do not want to be?
Sometimes the main problem is in looking elsewhere, in trying to get somewhere or something that we have idealized while ignoring the reality of where we are now.
Just because you are somewhere you don’t want to be right now doesn’t mean you will be best served by fleeing from it. Perhaps it’s time to take a pause and really see where you are standing.
It does take money to survive within society. That’s like the banks of the river. They are the pre-existing conditions we have been given with which to deal. But it is also your movement between the banks that sculpts and changes them along the way.
Don’t reject where you are now in favor of some idealized passion that is somehow apart from practical daily living. But also refrain from giving into the practicality of daily life while losing touch with the inspirational spark of the cosmos.
In order to walk that balance, often a great degree of healing is called for. We have been wounded in many ways along the way from childhood. Those wounds leave scars that then in turn impair our ability to function sanely and with love.
As a place to begin, I recommend daily meditation and the book The Places That Scare You by Pema Chodron.
Namaste :) Much love
My hut lies in the middle of a dense forest;
every year the green ivy grows longer.
No news of the affairs of men,
only the occasional song of the woodcutter.
The sun shines and I mend my robe;
When the moon comes out I read Buddhist poems.
I have nothing to report to my friends.
If you want to find the meaning, stop chasing after
so many things.
Ryokan, One Robe One Bowl
Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.
Mr. Fred Rogers
The greatest curse is to go through life without being grateful for who and what is there.
There is an aloneness that is not loneliness, and not despair, and western medicine hasn’t got a clue. It is something like a profound closeness with your own being, an intimacy with the quiet passing of things, friendship with the broken and the transient within and without. While you quietly grieve over yesterday’s dreams of tomorrows that never came, you hold today so close in your arms. You are the mother of today.
Moldavite is a specific kind of tektite that formed during a meteor strike 15 million years ago in what is now western Bavaria, Germany. Unique materials in the meteor and the crash site fused together and cooled mid-air, resulting in this rad green glass. The impact scattered large deposits, one of the most common being found in Bohemia, Czech Republic.
There is an estimated 250 tons of moldavite in existence and commercial mining is predicted to cease in the next ten years. Valued by collectors and those who use stones/crystals for their attributed metaphysical properties, moldavite is quite the little creature.
raykaa said: Sometimes i feel overwhelmed with guilt because everything i use comes from unethical sources; clothes, food, electronics. If i want to stay ethical, it's no longer affordable. As a person simply living in the west, aren't i contributing to the world's fucked-upness by buying from these companies and keeping them around?
I definitely think it’s important to be mindful of the way we vote with our dollars. But at the same time to think that we can solve the problems of unethical sources by only purchasing from ethical sources is, as you have said, an expensive privilege and as such an ultimately ineffective means to solve the problem.
We often tell someone who’s contributing a dollar toward a cause that it’s not enough; that simply giving a dollar isn’t the same thing as actually feeding those starving children or replanting those felled trees or whatever. Yet if you put a dollar toward something unethical, suddenly you are a part of the problem, as bad as those people cutting down the trees.
I think we’re a bit selective toward our bias of what “includes” and “excludes” us.
The primary contribution we make toward the world’s fucked-upness is our own fucked-upness. Our own delusion, confusion, suffering, indifference, and desire. Those are the most direct means by which we perpetuate harmful systems and continue the habit of alienation toward others. Everything else derives from that.
Purchasing everything ethically would be wonderful but if that’s all you do then you haven’t moved beyond materialistic philosophy. Yet if you begin to loosen your hangups, offer loving-kindness toward others, and awaken from the falsity of separation, you can create lasting change within, locally without, and see far-reaching effects.
You don’t have to wait for some miraculous inner change before working for the betterment of the larger picture. They are two aspirations that go hand-in-hand. I think a key factor is in being proactive about it instead of relying on our spending habits alone.
Just as the real “evil” and harms of the world cannot be pinpointed to one source for all our blame, so too is there no one source for a solution. Many contribute to the problem and many will contribute to the solution.
Feeling guilt and needing to deal with that guilt are distractions from the whole thing. Then you get more caught up in wondering how to make yourself feel better rather than getting to the heart of the matter. Maybe we start to resent others as a result of the guilt. In the syllabus of compassion, guilt is a trap. Genuine remorse is acceptable and encouraged but not beyond its bounds.
Don’t use this stuff to avoid confronting your own issues and at the same time don’t use your own issues as a way of avoiding recognizing the real problems in the world. Make the connection and aspire to be worthy of the solution.
I would also highly recommend the book The Places That Scare You by Pema Chodron.
natinhaaa said: Do u believe that there's life in other planets?
The universe is a big place and we don’t know how many universes there may be.
I think it’d be weird for life to be only here. It may very well be that given the right conditions, life is something inevitable.
But who knows what form that life may have. I think microbial life elsewhere is probably much more likely than UFOs in flying saucers.
I don’t believe or disbelieve; I’m just open to the very real and likely possibility.
Life happened here. Why not elsewhere?
solid iron not of this planet