Think in terms of distinction, the hands parted/pressed. When someone laughed, “Winning isn’t everything,” Joy made a pact with Faith. We knew then it was true.
Now, somehow, you’ve slipped through, into a succession of days that sweat, maximize results. Each action futile, an infertile belief.
Here is God’s loom. Pump the pedal, spinning the spindle; fate coils, unfurls. Behold the pattern, the warp and woof. Is this religion, or routine? Day and its tired ally, Night. Cyclical glow, the pulsing rhythm of sleep. Steady your foot. There was rest, then, too. Remember? Join hands.
As technology advances, needs are simultaneously met and created. Define technology: applied science (Merrian-Webster). Define science: a branch of study concerned with the observation and the clarifying of facts.
Crows build levers with stones and sticks. Monkeys use rocks to crack fruit. With the right tools, one can get from point A to point B, from want to attainment. Tools allow us to build, and as we build we discover other tools to accommodate tasks that are more complex.
Today we face an age of technology indulgence. The constant turning to Personal devices such as Smart Phones and iPads for gratification creates a bottomless dependency on usage, or addiction. Yesterday, at the nail salon, a little girl was getting a pedicure. Her mother sat not far away. She asked her mother for her iPad. “I’m sorry,” said the mother. “I left it at home.” “I need it though,” said the little girl, who was at most six years old. “I like playing it. It makes me relax.” The mother procured her iPhone, which she gave to the little girl, so she could play a game.
Why did the mother give her child the iPhone? Mindless action breeds ignorance. The mother did not realize that, by giving her daughter a “substitute” for the iPad as opposed an alternative, she is saying it’s OK to depend on an object for gratification. Sense gratification perpetuates suffering. That’s no easy lesson to teach a child, and I don’t condone denying a child of something that he or she so desires. However, if a child wants to indulge in hours watching TV up-close, or gorge on a large bag of sweets, would you permit her? Better yet, would you provide her the means to do so? If a parent does not teach his child by example–for he is the child’s first role model–how to manage and control anxiety rather than band-aid it with a screen (or candy), then the child will have a difficult time forming new, healthier habits as she grows and enters a world where distraction is valued over quiet time to the self.
Please don’t set your child up for a future of silent dinners in the glow of “Smart” devices. Teach her to communicate. Conversation is a gateway to the path of truth and self-knowledge. Knowledge is Liberation. Ignorance is Bondage.
The only thing
that will make
your grass greener
is Time. Seasons
from birth to death
and back. Anything
can be taken for granted.
Worship the sun
each day, even when it’s
behind clouds. Know
that it’s there, the concealment
is temporary. The only thing
that will make your grass
green is Knowledge.
Sometimes it can be hard to find quiet, to center the mind and focus on cultivating self-awareness. It can be easy to think negatively toward the source of noise. We view irritants as annoyances, flies buzzing round our heads. Sometimes it feels there is absolutely nothing left to give. Sit or lay comfortably. Draw inward. Allow restorative energy (breath, prana) to move through you, instead of you moving it, which can lead to further stress and exhaustion.
The mind and body are linked by breath. Life is for Living, simple as that.
Whatever your conception of “living” looks like, let it go. What is left? Being. Being must precede all action. Inaction flows into action like breath into movement, or like pedals on a bike. You cannot sustain riding a bike with one pedal. You’ll tire and fall off. Much better to allow for moments of breath than living “nonstop,” which is not Living at all. Relax into your body; observe a thought as it forms. Once formed, it will drift out of sight. Continue to watch thoughts form and float away until there are none left. You may feel lighter. Your breath may feel rhythmic. Where there is breath, there is quiet. Breathe to create the life you want. You control your breath, mind, and body. What else do you need? All else will build itself around you, but you must first honor it All.