Trajectory

Your personal spiritual journey, like any other journey, has a specific trajectory. One filled with intense ironies worth considering for a moment.

As one travels relative west from Kathmandu to reach the Taj Mahal, you travel "deeper" (not higher) from your current position to understand the truth of who you are and are not. Deeper, as in diving to the bottom of the ocean deeper.

Though you would think gravity would be on your side with such a movement, like ocean diving, you find it is an uphill climb, as if you were trekking a Himalayan mountain. Tremendous effort is required to battle the antigravity forces that would have you say, "That's enough work for one life." And so be it if that is your conclusion.

But like a dedicated inspector on a cold case, something will always beckon you on.

Curiously, as you venture deeper and deeper into the world of self, your inverted position will gradually correct itself naturally. The world you turned upside down to, gives birth to a world where "upside down" is right side up.

Weeds

Weeds, no matter your best effort to remove them, always come back.

Can we learn to live with them then? Love them, even? Or are we going to continue engaging in an insane, never ending battle?

If you look — really look — you'll see weeds have their own kind of beauty and their rightful place in the natural hierarchy.

Besides, who says we aren't "weeds" in some way?

Elimination strategies, though satisfying to the ego, rarely accomplish their goal of making things better.

Harmony, healing, betterment and improvement have roots in seeing that in this and this in that. That there is no such thing as other.

Medicine makes peace between warring bodies. It does not exacerbate existing wounds. If it does, then it is not medicine.

Fifteen Minutes

Amid the increasing chaos of the world and splashy headlines, and maybe even your personal life too, can we still find fifteen minutes for peace?

Fifteen minutes for seated silence, a walking meditation, some light gardening, house cleaning, etc. It doesn't matter what the activity is but the quality of presence you bring to it.