Re: Letting go
Posted by ButchO on 5/20/2011, 9:38 pm, in reply to "Letting go"
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: It came to me tonight that it must have been
: so much easier to 'let go' years ago when
: technology wasn't around to record
: everything, keep everything. When you just
: watched a wondrous sunset and let it go when
: it was over. When a child grew up without
: every single advancement recorded for
: posterity. When the whole world wasn't
: recorded that we knew of tragedies
: everywhere, old ones replayed and new ones
: likewise recorded. A recital or performance
: one of a kind, no re-plays. It must have
: been easier...
You are probably correct. Today's techno-world can be likened to the Sword of Damocles in a myriad of ways. Whether it be nuclear annihilation, biological disaster, growing awareness of the possibility of a major meteor impact, over-population, or what have you, our world seems to be hanging by a thread. One can see why some are hoping for Jesus imminent return.
There is more to distract us from the task at hand than ever before. Reality TV, talk about an oxymoron. 24/7 News Cycle. Mostly bad news. Instant news but short on fiber. Was it Thoreau that said, "Read not the Times, read the Eternities"? That is, if you really want to know what is going on don't bother reading the New York Times, read the wisdom books.
Our world certainly seems to be at a major tipping point. What to do? What to do?
Well, I have chosen to meditate. That is I have every intention of becoming both more focused and more aware. Pro-actively Aware. No, I am not in a panic about it. That would be unseemly it seems to me. No, it is just that I believe in the potential of the human race to pull ourselves out of our current tailspin. Each of us has within us the ability to change reality. To transform ourselves. To grow up, not in a militaristic fashion, but in an organic way. As never before ours is a time for serious people, for people that will not settle for less than seeing things as they are and not simply as they appear to be. It is a time for Ar-hats. A time for Buddhas. A time for heroes as never before.
It is time for us to wake up. Maybe one of us will be the 100th Monkey. The one that tips the scale in favor of sustainable human life on Earth. The one that sets in motion a chain reaction much like reaching a critical mass wherein change breaks loose at ever increasing speed.
Whatever the case, I am going to do my part as best I know how. I have inner demons to vanquish and self-limiting patterns to destroy. I must be about my Father's business so to speak. The Buddha's business. Lao Tzu's business. Jesus' business. Take responsibility for my own life and escape the procrustean bed of forced conformity that my conditioning has me tied to. Time to wake up. Meditation is an alarm clock, a technology for waking up.
Ok, I may be getting a little overly dramatic but the fact is that if a person wants to change no one can do it for them. Anything that can be given to us can be taken away. Except love. Existence has already given us everything we need for the task at hand. We were born with the Buddha nature. With the original mind of clarity. It is up to us to take charge of our lives and return to our original natures. All kinds of excuses not to, but they are just excuses and everyone has one. Like the person that never washes their car because it will eventually rain anyway.
I agree with you josef, things are tough. Especially for the young. Time for the tough to get going. No excuses. Now or never. I'm fixing a hole where the rain gets in and stops my mind from wandering where it will go. It is never to late to be present. To live in presence.