Happy As Is

It is normal and understandable to "look forward" to seemingly special experiences. Exotic travel. Getting married. Various forms of respite. Etc.

At the same time, this looking forward is something to be mindful of. Unchecked, it can lead to over valuing a future experience we believe is going to be cause for happiness.

Then we want things to be perfect. We don't want anything to interfere with this potentially once in a life time experience. Over thinking and analyzing kicks in and before long, we're suffering!

What happens when the future experience arrives in the now? What if it doesn't deliver as expected? What if something unexpected happens? How will you react?

What if, instead, we remain open to what may come? Yes, it's wonderful marriage is on the horizon. A promotion, and the like.

Can we still hold equanimity? Can we walk into these experiences without particularly thinking about the outcomes we think they will bring? Can we treat them as just another experience, without expectation?

If the wedding cake is perfect or under cooked. If the photographer shows or gets stuck in traffic, or if he or she gets cold feet—either way is OK.

We're happy as is, as it is, with the way it is.

Find the Courage

There is a wide chasm between you and the "promised land." The realization of the deepest wish of your heart.

You have to jump across it, unassisted. If you fall short or stumble, injury or death is likely to result.

Why jump at all? It's safe on your side. This is true enough—you don't have to.

Your dream will eventually become so important that you're willing to risk your safety for it. There will come a time when there won't be a choice about it anymore.

Now that you know what you have to do, you must summon the courage to jump with total abandon. It's a complete letting go of the known world. You can't look back. It's 100% or nothing at all.

It could take some time to do this. Survival instincts kick in. Rationalizations of why you shouldn't do it start playing inside your head, and you may decide to back off.

But something compels you.

We must trust that something and go.



Where is technology leading us?

There are influences that won't stop pushing unless we draw a line in the sand and say, "Enough." Any smoker, any alcoholic, anybody who undertakes a spiritual path or path of healing reaches that point.

It's concerning, of course, the minds of men who design such objects but we all have the right to create.

Far more concerning is the lack of resistance and open armed embrace of those influences—not just technological—that erode human dignity and humanity itself.

It is worth, perhaps more than ever, getting curious about the why of this.

Photo credit: VR face, by Norman Chan for Tested.com