At the end of 2016 I experienced a slow grinding downfall into a place of entangled, dysfunctional darkness and suffering. It was not so much a process of suffering more and getting worse, but more like lifting a veil and recognizing what was already there.
“Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth” – Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart
People cover up evil, idolize beauty, and entirely ignore true peace – the ordinary.
The more things are exposed and we begin to see that disaster and evil and corruption can happen anywhere, committed by anyone, the more trust is eroded and we become wild dogs in the night, lurking and looking so cautiously around every corner ready to
jump at the slightest sound of a threat.
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I celebrate everyday, for I am weightless.
I rejoice everyday, for I wake up alive,
and I get to play this game
A rare and beautiful gem,
a life that never happened before,
and will never happen again
I am the ripple in the water- brief and ageless
I am the smoke dissolving
try to grab me and I disappear
you can’t control me;
there is nothing to fear
let me go, then I can stay
when you allow everything to be,
it doesn’t have to go away
desire and rage cloud vision unclear,
gripped by your body’s being
when there’s nothing left to fear,
your ego fears the nothing
but I’ll tell you friend,
loss is liberation,
and liberation is your destiny
You tried to place me in a cage,
propelled by your lifelong misery,
yet I am resting here at peace,
so I ask of you, which of us is really free?
– Conflict Resolution Center (Minneapolis)
If you want to see a young person become more (b) competent, (c) support that is (a) respectful to their choices is the balancing key. If you really can’t have a (c) healthy relationship, the best thing to do is (a) nothing at all; leave them alone. Sometimes doing nothing is a noble and profound non-act.
I’m serious about this, totally dedicated. I’m not sure what it would look like, but doing nothing seems easy enough? Especially when you have a Nothing Buddy to do it together. Contact me if you need someone to do nothing with together- firstname.lastname@example.org
Everything changes, this is birth and death, constantly. Life is the cycle of birth and death. Cut off half the equation and you have the prison of nonexistence.
You thought that without life, there could be no autonomy. But the truth is, without autonomy, there is no life.
Yes, this really aligns with my exploration and direct experiences in my life and interacting with MOST of the people I’ve met. I see evidence of this epidemic every day. It flutters up in little moments, blinking through.
I’m at the point where I consider the child-parent cycles of abuse to be fundamentally entangled with the root of suffering in our species. To be entangled with pursuit of higher consciousness, or getting corrupted into unconsciousness. Correlated directly with what some people may call enlightenment itself.
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