There is so much to say, a lifetime of successes and failures that have brought me to this love that I now am certain exists within me, within each of us. When I first began searching for my truths, I studied everything. But not everything I studied resonated with my heart and soul. However almost always I could take a sentence or two from a book I had stumbled across, a piece from an article I had researched, a thought from a video passed on by a friend… and soon my own truths began to emerge.
Each soul must find it’s way into the heart. Each journey into the heart is unique and there are no instruction books or exact maps to follow. All any of us can do is follow the arrows left by those who have gone before us and look inside ourselves to find the answers that resonate within our own heart and soul.
And it all begins with the decision to repaint the canvas of our lives, and we can all do this at any time we choose. It just takes looking a little deeper inside ourselves.
Socrates claimed that the unexamined life is not worth living for human beings. So how is it that we spend so little time examining our lives and how we might better improve ourselves (our happiness) and instead we tune into the television and tune out to life?
The ego, which is only a drama, an illusionary thought, can never bring happiness. Each time we listen to its voice, we become separate from love and therefore separated from happiness.
We cannot find joy until we learn to have control of our minds. There can be no peace found in following the insanity of the mind… and the world. We have come to believe that external circumstances can bring us joy, fulfillment, happiness… And yet every time we have succeeded in acquiring the thing that we are certain will give us pleasure or joy, whether it is a new love, a new dog, an ice cream… it slips away. Eventually the new love leaves or causes pain in some way, the dog dies, the carton of ice cream becomes empty… so what then?
We suddenly realize that happiness has not yet been found within us, and so once more we tell ourselves something external needs to change and then we will certainly have happiness.
And so again we are off in search of another thing… Hmmmm, I must have made the wrong choice, I will choose again… a new career, a new love, a new pair of shoes. Over and over the cycle continues and over and over we chase something new. Always we are sure this next new thing is going to be the answer to happiness but soon we are left feeling empty… happiness has slipped away yet again and we find ourselves trapped on a never ending merry-go-round..
We have been playing a game but we have been taking it seriously.
But what if we were to actually look at life as a game, a dance… and not take it so seriously? So that on the one hand, we have the playground where nothing lasts forever… things come and go, much like the waves on the ocean. And on the other hand we have consciousness (truth and love) which is a part of everyone and everything… never changing, much like the ocean itself.
What if we were to play (or go thru our lives) with one foot in the playground while always keeping the other in consciousness? I believe we would then feel much more love of ourselves and for one another and we would not take the coming’s and going’s that are continually happening in the playground so seriously.
Perhaps we would be smiling and loving and helping one another instead of frowning and hating and judging one another. In other words, there are many things in the playground of life that will pull us towards them, and this is ok as long as we don’t take them too seriously… as long as we remain aware that by looking into the light, into our hearts and souls, is where we will find our true treasures.
So if instead we were to go thru life with one foot in this playground and the other in the place where our higher consciousness resides, wouldn’t we then dance thru life?…. And wouldn’t we then know that life is meant to be played with (not taken so seriously), and that we are here to give and experience love... the only thing real and the only thing any of us truly want and need.
“There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart. Pursue these.”
~ Michael Nolan
Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is no mere translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself.