Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Live and Learn-Time to Fly

All of a sudden the countdown has begun. Time has flapped it's mysterious wings and once again one is watching the calender on the wall. Days are passing like the TGV on jacked up speed balls and what once seemed like tomorrow, becomes yesterday, and so the haze continues steamrollering along. Realisations like this make one sit comfortably in a comfy armchair and try to take stock of happenings. Its time to slow down, regroup, become mindful. No need to ride on blazing saddles, enjoy what you have, simplicity, enjoy the warm glow of grounded illumination. As Lennon said, 'Life is what happens when you are making other plans,' or somethings to that effect. How perceptive! His statement has beautiful imagery, albeit straight out of a Indian Guru's mantra chant.

A lot has been experienced in this particular period of life, and good chunky, diamonds of knowledge they are too, things that one can take, file away and learn from. Knowledge is indeed power. Power to learn from past mistakes and grow as a person, treading more gingerly along the par carious path of life, applying one's self with greater clarity of thought and action.

Alas, Thailand's sun baked shores are just within reach and I am ready.
Once again-

to sing the tune,
to dance with the language,
to tussle with the culture and,
marvel at gastronomy.



Anonymous said...

"Self-grasping creates self-cherishing, which in turn creates an ingrained aversion to harm and suffering.

"However harm and suffering have no objective existence; what gives them their existence and power is only our aversion to them.

"When you understand this, you understand then that it is our aversion, in fact, that attracts to us every negativity and obstacle."

- Sogyal Rinpoche, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

mikethepikey said...

Suffering is caused when one identifies with emotions and feelings as something that is uniquely our own. 'my pain', or 'my pleasure.' We attatch our selves slavelike to these sensory feelings and become obcessed by them. In reality they are nothing, rising and flowing like the ocean tide. One emotion will come and go, and thats it, nothing more. It is not the emotion itself that causes suffering, it is our attatchment and identification with it that results in frustration and in the end, misery.