The Journey to Enlightenment

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“If you take a journey to the place that you are, you will visit many other places. And perhaps, when you find through some long experience that all the places you go are not the place you wanted to find, it may occur to you that you were already there in the beginning.”  ~Alan Watts

There are so many of us running, striving, stretching, searching.  Looking for purpose and meaning, looking for enlightenment.  Trying to find a way in, or a way out.  Trying to fix or improve ourselves. “If only I could get in shape.”  “If only I could control my temper.”  “If only I could be successful.”  “If only I had a little more money.”  Listen:  We have already arrived.  For starters, we live in one of, or perhaps the only, great concentration of consciousness in the universe, riding a small but fertile rock.  We are surrounded by trillions of companions, (some more sympathetic than others)  And while it is true that it is a world of suffering, all suffering (and each sufferer) comes to an end in due time.

Take a moment and rest in what you have.  In what is.  In who you are.

You are the Universe.  You are doing fine.

~Dadosaurus Rex

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A Month Without Radio

“I’ve got a lot on my mind”

This is something that I seem to be saying (either to others, or to myself) more and more lately.  I usually use it as an excuse for forgetting something, or screwing something up.  And it’s true, I do have a lot on my mind.  Cleaning, home repairs, classes and activities for the kids, maintaining a healthy relationship with my wife, staying on top of things at work, pondering the nature of existence (and of course blogging.  Can’t forget that)

So why in Hades would I want to take my only guaranteed quiet time and fill it with unimportant chatter and mindless noise?  It may sound silly, but that is exactly what I do.  I hop in the car, and before I’ve even started down the road I flip on the radio, preventing me from processing all those thoughts that have been bouncing around in my brain.  And if I don’t like what I hear?  I change the station.  Again.  And again.  Till I find something tolerable.  I have even caught myself listening to commercials.  Why?  What value does any of this add?

That is why I have decided to take a break from the radio for the month of march, and see if I can’t gets some thinking done.  I’ll let you know how it works out.

Stop Trying To Control People

22thebestwaytocontrolpeople0aistoencouragethem0atobemischievous220a-default“Even though you try to put people under control, it is impossible. You cannot do it. The best way to control people is to encourage them to be mischievous. Then they will be in control in a wider sense. To give your sheep or cow a large spacious meadow is the way to control him. So it is with people: first let them do what they want, and watch them. This is the best policy. To ignore them is not good. That is the worst policy. The second worst is trying to control them. The best one is to watch them, just to watch them, without trying to control them.”   Shunryu Suzuki