compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
when such and such an event HAPPENED ?
OUR inter-connected recollections of those HAPPENINGS are often recorded
as stories and as the living - to which the torch has been passed - make
their way through the warp & weft of the WEB of LIFE - these stories are
piled high "as rocks" in a trail of rocks for ALL to contemplate & deliberate
ACTIONS might indeed be translated, on occasion, into NON-ACTION.
EVERY "moment" IS a rock for me and I've been piling them high & leaving a trail of them all my life usually resulting in others then piling up their rocks around my initial pile - which have on several occassions grown & grown and acted as " seeds " to no doubt a multitude of other trails of rocks.
Many have sent messages of thanks along the journey - but the tears of joy that flow when I recollect them - always remind me of the others who have been influenced but know not why they have been - and of course as we all pass through that WEB of LIFE the opportunity for us all to stack a few rocks - IS what LIFE
Perhaps ideas, like rocks, can be brought into relationship in such a way
that their "centers of gravity" can help to create a "dynamic balance."
- and went on to ask - "are you sewing? I've been on a quilting 'spree' of sorts ever since spring, and the metaphor came to mind. Today I looked at your AlphaINDEX differently - did something completely different. I started off as usual, thinking, "OK, I'm starting from here, and now I'll go to that link...OK, now I'm at this link, but I want to know more about that, so I'll jump to that link...OK, now I'm at that link, but what about a little jumpt to this link? and so on and so on, but always thinking ...
"Rats! I want to STOP link jumping because where I really am is only trying to understand that one point on the original page, and I've got to get back to the original page!!!" This mindset is ultimately stressful! So, today I said to myself, "Just follow links and learn something. That's all you have to do.
You don't have to go back or "go" anywhere. Just ENJOY yourself. It's not as if you will "get lost." So, I did. Hop, hop, hop, hop, hop.... who knows where all I went. Not caring, not thinking that much, just ripping around. And then I realized something. Everywhere I went was a place that you had already been! There's something tremendous in that, you know? I even found places that I had already been and posted comments on and then forgotten all about, and you had been there too, and there's what you said and what I said... and then the metaphor of the quilt came up, and I saw that if I follow your links, it's as if you have sewn the world for me...
To which I replied - I am indeed "sewing" - embroidering stories into an Alphabet of LIFE - and have been, no doubt, since I learnt at a very young age how to weave and then embroider the "weaving".
Linnie has recently taken to finishing (she started it ten years since) an embroidered Alphabet - destined for our latest grandchild - which I intend to photograph & use to illustrate a zBlog in commemoration of our 40th anniversary - which I shall no doubt entitle -
THE AlphaINDEX of LIFE, LOVE & Happiness @zaadz.
The vast majority of meditative practice ...is merely practice for the REAL WORLD REAL THING and as OSHO said - "only once in the whole history of human consciousness has a thing l..."
Eugen Herrigel was of course one of the first westerners ever to travel to Japan to discover the path of ZEN and like Pirsig he ‘discovered' the ZEN-like switch that each and every one of us can & must make for ourselves - by mastering the moment by moment ACTION in humility of 1st person present tense here & now - which IS LOVE - and as Merton said - ZEN insight is not our awareness but BEING's awareness of itself in us - living LIFE as LIFE lives IT SELF.
The art of meditation IS the art of ZEN and no better example can I offer of those practiced in ZEN - than the Chinese at the base of the Trans-America building entrenched in the ACTION of Tai Chi.
The relationship established between mother & child at the moment of conception, during the sometimes interminable pregnancy and at the point of birth IS -
THE manifestation of LOVE ‘personified'.No better experience of LOVE over a sustained nine-month period can that proportion of HOMO SAPIENS enjoy and the ‘other half' GIVE and DO - in ABSOLUTELY TOTAL support of the WHOLE process.
Unfortunately .... just BEING aware of ALL THIS is difficult enough in the first instance before the introduction of any aspect of life, suffering, survival, politics, religion & science - BEING aware of awareness requires a whole NEW ORDER of "SWITCHING the MIND" to the ultimate state of mindfulness.
HOMO SAPIENS is truly blessed with the capability of "KNOWING" THIS ... and yet we allow our thoughts, anxieties and fears to interfere with the wondrous potential of our moment by moment ACTIONS. Wondrous potential actions which have taken at least 15 billion years to evolve.
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