Life's Great Mysteries
It’s been said that there are Three Great Mysteries: Air to a bird, water to a fish, and being to humans.
Like the birds flying in a vast ocean of air, and the fish swimming in rivers, lakes and seas of water, humans are submerged in the vastness of beingness, for the most part unaware of who or what they are. Ask someone who they are and they’ll probably tell you their name. Ask who they are in the world and you’ll most likely hear their profession. It’s not that we’re stupid, it’s that “being” isn’t spoken of much in Western cultures. We are more into “doing”.
We usually know how or what to do in a situation, but we don’t know much about being. We’re taught to “be” quiet as children. But that’s really means “do” quiet, which is the opposite of doing noisy.
Our understanding of what life is usually sounds like an unending series of people, objects, and events coming at us. We spend all day and night reacting and responding to all of this incoming data.
Being is the vessel that holds all that we are. This is how I am willing to live:
"I would like to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding."
I had the pleasure of meeting the late Irish philosopher/poet John O'Donohue. He had come to Nevada City with the Irish/English poet David Whyte to speak. Here is David reciting Derek Walcott's "Love After Love".
Mr. Whyte will be showing up more as we move along.
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