the joy of being

“Shine your light, be true to yourself, be the best you can be.
Show your true colours, be real, be honest, be genuine.
Share your kindness, your love, your insights.
Stand strong in who you are,
Simply be yourself.
Sincerely YOU
Steadfast”
― Hazel Butterworth

one day, we won’t be here.

there will be no more:

cold, dark mornings;
sun on the horizon;
coffee;
conversation with our loved ones;
cuddles with our favourite pet;
longing…

i know i keep talking about this true self paradigm, but, seriously, when you get right down to it, if you can’t be true to who you are at the deepest, most fundamental level, how will you ever come to experience the full glory of life?

we always want things different.

what if — for one day at least — we were able to accept everything just as at is — even our solemn aliveness?

but of course, that’s not what the media wants. it feeds of our imperfections, our fragility and our need (apparently) to get on.

i’m not here to provide instruction — that would be antithetical to my message — but instead to invite you to look within not in a nihilistic, “why am i wired this way” sort of investigation, but to consider what it means to connect with your soul:

“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.” ― Thomas Merton

there’s a reason why meditation and contemplation are offered as a means of spiritual connection to true self; namely, they offer a lighting rod between the material world and your wide open heart — i.e. love.

sadly, some people have lost touch with that space. it’s been covered over by their rigid, thinking self that wants to control everything. but it’s simply not possible to order the world, less still your inner monologue.

stop. and focus…on your breathing and your feelings but most especially your awareness of your being.

feel into all of them; the cold, the light, the pain, the ecstasy.

and then remember they won’t last.

perhaps a way to see this is to live into the moment. to drink it in as if it was your last; and to drop all attachment and aversion. trust me it’s not easy — in fact it’s practically impossible when we get caught in our thinking — but in letting go of the need to be something more than you already are, you’re missing out on so much of what’s on offer.

blessings,

julian

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