Body, Soul and The Tests of Time

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The body of the world.

“Strange as it may seem, individual consciousness forms the counterweight, and living out the hidden meanings within life helps to balance the weight of the world — each living being wrapped around an invisible, eternal thread, each a story breaking out of the wall of time to become a genuine story that adds to the ongoing story of creation.”

- Michael Meade

“When there is mist on the mountains, it is beautiful, and when there is no mist, it is also beautiful. All four seasons are beautiful. You are beautiful, and your friends are beautiful. There is nothing to stop you from being in touch with life in the present moment… Don’t think that happiness will be possible only when conditions around you become perfect. Happiness lies in your own heart.

Our body is a masterpiece of the cosmos. Our body carries within it the stars, the moon, the universe, and the presence of all our ancestors. How many millions of years of evolution has it taken to give rise to these wondrous two eyes, legs, feet, and hands? Countless life-forms are supporting our existence in this moment…

When we see clearly that our physical body is a miraculous wonder of life, a gift of the cosmos, it is a flash of insight. Once we have that insight, we must sustain it.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

Living our personal lives, we normally don’t see the bigger picture of billions of beings creating the world. Seeing ourselves following our little paths to our destinies in the midst of infinite other beings moving along their fated trajectories strains the imagination. We have enough to think about with our struggles to keep our little boats from sinking prematurely. We just want to dig our burrows, make our nests, find our nourishment and then sign off when the time comes. We just hope that time comes as late as possible.

We get attached to our bodies. We can’t imagine any other way to be. Afterlife? Sitting on a cloud, harp in hand? Not likely. So we cling to this physical existence. Even if we believe in Heaven, we still cling.

But maybe we play a role in a grand drama we can’t see. Maybe we are living elements of the mind of God. Maybe we are grander and more essential than we imagine. Maybe, in short, our life has meaning. Maybe it has an unnoticed beauty. Maybe we do ourselves an injustice to think so small.

What will it take to wake up? Humans are emerging from the realm of instinct, as wise as it is, to emerge as beings who can question and wonder and applaud the gods who have created this wondrous universe.

Of course we see how few people actually take advantage of this new consciousness. Most of us cling to safe concepts and structures. We don’t want so much freedom. It’s frightening. We feel lost and afraid if we don’t have someone or some system to tell us what’s what.

It’s funny, isn’t it? It would be hilarious except for the suffering involved, not only of other humans but of plants, animals, insects and “little people.” We humans could use an added dose of awareness, in my opinion, just to be conscious of our role in the fate of the world. Unnecessary suffering abounds, caused by yours truly, the human race.

We seem to be stuck between human and animal, between consciousness and blind impulse. If we evolve into full humanity, there will be peace and prosperity on the spiritual and manifest levels. If not, not. We’re at the crossroads.

We have been given prodigious beauty. We have also been given a cauldron that ferments our souls. We have tests that no other species has. We are challenged to see the world and our role in it.

Being human is a test in itself, to see beauty and love it.

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I occasionally write fiction and also about creativity, loving, language learning and travel. I’m a longtime painter and reader.

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