~ In the midst of all that is going on in the world, I zigzag a path between wanting to stay fully informed and yet wanting to step back to a more peaceful time and place. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s as though the news of the day -- whatever it is today -- overwhelms the senses. People are unemployed, the economy is tanking, China might acquire the U.S., weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re living in a climate of fear, TrumpÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hair moved, governments are falling, Obama greases Osama, Peak Oil has come and gone although we have no shortage if we just scrape it off our shoresÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ The list is endless.
I think itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a natural, human inclination to retreat from this type of onslaught. The problem is that although we would seek a serene center in our lives, we have a strong desire to know what will happen in the future and yet we pattern our time based on premises from the past. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a tendency to either gather information so that we (think we) know what will happen, or to run back to what is known and comfortable, even if it wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t perfect.
Sometimes when I feel overwhelmed by Ã¢â‚¬Ëœcurrent eventsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, I like to go back through my library of images to find something more calm and serene. (See image above.) One can feel righteous about it when seeking a balance in life. In doing so today, though, it struck me: Even that retreat is an avoidance of what is happening right now.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“There is never nothing going on. There are no ordinary moments.Ã¢â‚¬Â -- Dan Millman
Every moment of experience is all that we really are. Sometimes the experience is placid, at other times chaotic. Either way, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s our experience, and surely that should not be avoided. While we might cringe at the thought of some possible future event, or reminisce fondly about the perfect campsite on a remote lake, doing so pulls us away from whatever is happening now, and it is only our resistance to what is happening that causes discomfort.
Millman also said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“The world's a puzzle; no need to make sense of it.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The key is to stay awake to what is happening, to watch, and to experience it fully. Any resistance to that awareness -- any drifting to the future or to the past -- creates our suffering.
Today, I needed a reminder of that, so I wrote this. Thank you for reading it.
- Image info
- Date Taken:09/25/2010
- Date Uploaded:03/30/2011
- ISO Speed:100
- Focal Length:18
- Camera & Lens
- Model:NIKON D90