Thought for the Day

I was sitting eating breakfast and I had decided to cut a grapefruit into sections, the way my mom used to do when I was a child. I hadn’t done this for who knows how long. It took me back into my young mind and I realized something. When I was a little boy, full of life, I came to an awareness of death and that all of this joy was impermanent. This really seemed totally unfair to me at the time. In a way, most of my life was spent seeking a way to resolve this injustice. I think part of my attraction to drugs was the impression that I was maximizing the “joy” of the moment in the face of that impermanence. Over the years I came to the understanding, mostly through what I have learned from so many sources like Buddhism and the like, is that the impermanence is illusion in the same way that permanence is illusion. When I am connected to the Source, as we have discussed frequently, I realize that the illusion of time and space are simply a kind of dream state. Once we are able to “awaken” from this dream, we can experience the true nature of this existence, which falls into the Tao or void that is found between the dark and the light.

3 thoughts on “Thought for the Day

  1. When you shared the image of your mom cutting the grapefruit, I was immediately transported back there myself – back around the table in our breakfast nook. Remember the special grapefruit-cutting knife??
    I, too found many numbing mechanisms which I cloaked under my free spiritdness, and even under my sophistication and understanding of life, when in fact they were to soothe the internal feelings of anxiety and low self-worth permeating my being. Had I had the connection to Source I do now, my path would have been radically different.But of course, it is the contrast of having it now that intensifies the joy so much more.

  2. I’m reminded of a quote by Winston Churchill. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” And an expression made popular by grunts fighting in ‘Nam. “It don’t mean nothin’ “. When guys would get upset over something trivial, they’d be reminded that in the grand scheme of things, this is nothing. Compared to all that’s going on around us, “this” is nothing.

    Or Wayne Dyer who said, “You spend your whole life doing for self & discover there isn’t any”.

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