Find your Inner Strength and Place in the World: Poetic Reflections
Of the infinite possibilities, you are one of the lucky 6.5 billion or so current compositions of stardust who lives, breathes, and walks on planet Earth. The very miracle of your existence (nothing less) should be the starting point from where you begin to consider your value to the world and the legitimacy of your place in it. We come in many different forms. The list is endless: Warriors, Guardians, Healers, Lovers, Dreamers, Makers, Explorers, Hunters, Gatherers... Most of us are a wonderful combination of several of these noble titles. One of the most important aspects of living is figuring out who and what we are in order to live to our fullest potential:
The mind says the most
when it is quiet.
A whisper on the wind can tell
volumes more than a storm.
Where you stand is for you
To choose and explore
is the right
of every human being.
Look at life and love
it for what it is;
know it -
Time is an illusion ingrained in us thanks to our traditional emphasis on linearity. We are not living in a straight line that starts with a beginning and concludes with an end, rather we live in the constant presence and governance of cycles. The "biological" clock does not tick to some definite goal, rather ticks through cycles; no two of which are the same. Be aware of your current phase in life in order to gain as much strength from it from possible. Don't buy into the fear of death. Like I said, life does not simply begin and end, it exists in a constant state of cycle, recycle, and renewal:
There's no measure of time
to track the eternally
or the very eternity
of our existence.
Body, mind, and spirit transcend
Live where you are
and remember the future
is already with you because you
What's to come is already here
and shapes us just as the past
Past, present, and future.
Mind, body, and spirit.
Different aspects of an organic
Make a wish and then ask yourself if it has already come true.
Maybe you wish for strength, but all you need is to remember that sensitivity does not mean weakness.
Maybe you wish for courage, but all you need is to remember that caution does not mean cowardess.
Maybe you wish for happiness, but all you need is to remember that sadness does not mean the clouds won't clear-- unless you refuse to let them
We're all wandering through plains and oceans, trying to find our place in the world. Eventually we learn that the journey was and is the destination. Be wherever you are right now as fully and happily as possible, because that is where you belong. Revel in your aspirations but don't let them dampen the now. Remember that time is an illusion. The present is just a theoretical principle. The future is always with you as long as you continue to dream. The past is always with you as long as you continue to remember. Don't dwell on regrets of the past or the limitations of the future. Mistakes and suffering in the past teach you how to better live in the now and dream your future into reality. Past, present, and future are the now and are shaped by the mind, body and spirit:
Step toward the future
informed by the past
and don't let the present
overwhelm the mind.
Never forget that your body
is the home of a wandering spirit.
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