The Practice of Living

IMG_2170Someone close to me told me before she passed that “getting old isn’t for the faint of heart.”

That said, I’d take it over not getting old any day. When mentioning this to someone else I know, he said, “naturally…living is precious.”

The thing is, the practice of living seems rarely to be an act of valuing it’s preciousness. Life is more frequently practiced as though it were a cheap and disposable thing. We don’t value the continual act of breathing.

When surrounded by the perceived valueless reality, i must practice to bring my mind back to the richness of life.

Are You Mentally Overtaxed?

IMG_0509Are you working on too many things?

Would you know?

Too much busy work and too many task?

If you can’t see it for yourself, ask someone else.

Your mind needs a break.

This mental rest is important for daily recovery.

It allows for creativity, new thoughts and ideas.

Look to the natural world for answers.

All living beings rest after they’ve exerted the energy they needed to graze across a plain, run from a threat, circle and kill their prey, fly across an ocean, etc.

6 things to do right now

IMG_0516first, rely on the deluge for change rather then the perfectly crafted message.

second, take any road not only the road less traveled. but sometimes, it is best to go in the opposite direction of traffic.

third, your body ages over the decades, it’s inevitable.  don’t wait for that to happen to you.  get up and experience life.

Fourth, don’t take short cuts to the things that are meaningful to you.  life really isn’t like a game show.  you really don’t stand in line and perform to be discovered.  you perform every moment of every day.  and you live the road you chose to live.

Fifth, listen to the generations that came before you and that are speaking to you.

Sixth, do one through five with patience, practice and discipline

Everyone wants a roadmap

IMG_0511so many people want a road map or a how to guide to get ahead in something, anything.

the desire for the illusory path, the magic pill, the predictive solution for better, anything better, anything best

because, after all,

that’s the answer to life isn’t it?

knowing what to do, how to think, how to act, how to be before anyone else.

thank you David Byrne and the Talking Heads for pointing out that, in this place, “we’re on a road to nowhere.”

so engage and enjoy in the journey

work to not be desirous and consumed with the destination.

we all get there soon enough