Life moves fast
Here I start with the quoted of Paulo Coelho, “Life moves very fast. It rushes us from heaven to hell in a matter of seconds.” Difficult times are always eye opens. The more I stumble, the more I gained. Hard times can motivate and mold us to bring out our best. We can use these times to move forward and upward to higher levels of living, loving, and growth. The choice is ours. Will we let ourselves feel? Will we take a spiritual approach, including gratitude, toward the event?
Sometimes we begin to sound like a broken record when things go wrong, so certain that if the events and conditions of our lives were different, we’d be happy. We don’t subject our mind to suffering because of infirmity of will. St. Francis of Assisi had a great power of acceptance. This prayer of the great saint is not a philosophy , it is practical.
“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me bring love.
Where there is offense, let me bring pardon.
Where there is discord, let me bring union.
Where there is error, let me bring truth.
Where there is doubt, let me bring faith.
Where there is despair, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness, let me bring your light.
Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.
O Master, let me not seek as much
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love,
for it is in giving that one receives,
it is in self-forgetting that one finds,
it is in pardoning that one is pardoned,
it is in dying that one is raised to eternal life.”
Swami Niranjananda of Bihar School of Yoga rightly described, “We tend to run away from discord. We do not have the strength to plant the seeds of love where there is absolute discord. What is the state of mind at that time? It is not detachment or attachment, it is not a reaction. It is acceptance of a condition as being real. Discord and anger are real so what is the use of reacting against them? The moment we react we are creating a process within ourselves which recognizes the negativity, and the moment that happens, our mind, nature and behaviour are affected by that impression. Our past impressions and memories bring up the corresponding negative emotion and we project anger, frustration or discord, more so than it actually is.So, non-attachment is a state of mind which is full of viveka, discrimination. In fact, we can even call it viveka. Have the ability to discriminate and act accordingly. That is the yogic concept of non-attachment.”
“We must be true inside, true to ourselves, before we can know a truth that is outside us,” wrote Thomas Merton in No Man Is an Island. Each of us has a little voice inside us that tells us what is good and what is bad. As we grow, we learn more and more to trust the inner voice. Sometimes, in times of dark confusion, we have to listen very hard, but it is there to guide us. It is a beacon showing us the way out of the darkness of uncertainty.
With multiverses, every possible set of laws would exist somewhere. Life is a mystery unsolved. Mystery throbs and attracts me ever closer to even greater mystery. Confrontation with mystery makes me feel alive and in awe of everything, including my own life and I find it ecstatic.