March 25, 2015

Take It As It Comes

Take it as it comes.

When the 60s group The Doors performed their song by that name they were reminding us of the importance of taking life simply as it unfolds. In order to do this we have got to slow down. Way down.

We can not evolve past the current consumer materialistic illusion until we achieve stillness and a quiet mind. But how often does that happen in a modern mode where distractions, both pleasant and otherwise, fill our lives to the top?

In stillness our thinking becomes clear, naturally well-ordered and intelligent, and the world clearly needs more of that. With practice our decisions become reasonable, true and certain. We need more of that, too.

Our true freedom will come in what T.S. Eliot calls “the still point of the turning world”, for “at the still point, there the dance is”.

There are preconditions that must exist to tap into this potential.

  • We have to be in the present. 
  • We have to be free of fear. 
  • We have to be free of desire. 
  • We have to be free of anticipation.

Does that sound like the exact opposite of conditions created by the noisy, jangled, in-your-face world of the consumer capitalist system?

Maybe that is the whole idea - it is more profitable to ensure we do not have the preconditions required to overcome our attachment to counterproductive busyness and complexity.

If so, these are the things that must be changed in order for humanity to realize any kind of evolutionary breakthrough. In the meantime, we can choose to live our lives simply, take things as they come, and find the peace and quiet we need to discover our true liberation.

There, at the still point, we will dance together.

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