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Connections... some thoughts

Updated on June 19, 2013
Senses from joaolouriero Source: flickr.com
Senses from joaolouriero Source: flickr.com
Life Balance from Eve Livesey Source: flickr.com
Life Balance from Eve Livesey Source: flickr.com

Connections

By Tony DeLorger © 2012


Inadequate as they may often seem, our senses offer all we need to learn and to evolve into functioning and successful human beings. Our God-given gifts allow us to relate, to identify and to learn about this miracle of life we so often take for granted. Our day to day experience is completely dependent upon our faculty to translate and to understand the world around us through our senses. With all this detail and information enlightening our minds, we have the opportunity to fulfil our lives with understanding and therefore to enliven our experience and the pleasures that a heightened sense of being can imbue.

Yet, in reality we focus on the results of our connection to the world rather than experiencing the connection itself, the pure joy of being. In other words we limit our experience by taking for granted the very life we are trying to make better, by outwardly seeking fulfillment through results rather than the experience. I believe life is about the journey, and that must be measured by the only ways we can experience, through our senses.

In dealing with this journey, experience tells us what is pleasurable, painful, uplifting and mind-crushing, each moment the deliverer of an intense and vast array of texture, colour, feeling and understanding. How we then judge each moment goes toward our understanding and therefore our judgement as to what to re-experience and what to avoid. These biases are part of our survival instinct and allow us to rise above the difficulties and to be successful in the varying aspects of life. The only problem is often it is the more difficult circumstances that allow us to learn most and give us a more balanced perspective on what we know or should know. Dismissing anything out of hand is therefore presumptuous and counter-productive.

In reality we should be able to experience everything to its full extent and power, embrace it in its entirety to both experience and understand it, without judgement. It is then that we accept life for what it is rather than what we wish it to be. Often, by nature, we may delude ourselves into thinking life should deliver to us what we wish without reservation, and when circumstances don't go our way we blame, judge and complain that we are being forsaken in some way. Our connection with life does not know such complex viewpoints and ultimately 'cause and affect' guides the natural order. Our viewpoint of it can only be more acceptable through a non-judgmental mind, one willing to learn from experience without fear and to grow as a result.

There are many philosophies that far greater minds than I have constructed, but in the end I believe the complexity we add to the equation is in many ways redundant. We as a blank canvas absorb life in every detail and who we are and will become will always be the subtotal of all that experience. How we deal with any experience is a choice, whether it be a positive or negative experience. But in the end each moment is a lesson, each breath an opportunity and each resolution an open book for further inquiry.

Life is a journey, and understanding is not quantitative but ongoing as is truth. Judging anything in time and space is but a fragment of reality, never definitive. Life can be so much more with an open heart, an open mind and an acceptance that we can never be filled. Happiness is therefore a state of mind.

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    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Welcome uNicQue, and I hope I can continue to impress with my thoughts and words.

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      Nicole Quaste 

      6 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      This is beautifully written and so very well thought out.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks for your viewpoint and taking the time to express it. Glad you felt my thoughts worthy of reply.

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      Jivan36 

      6 years ago from Doylestown, PA. USA

      "In reality" I should not presume to tell another what their life or perceptions should be about, where it should guide them, nor how they should feel about it! Our senses indeed bring in all external information from our environment and feed them to the brain, in which connections between those various stimuli are formed and then from which thoughts are generated and basic assessments of any given momentary situation arrived at. However, this simple, although indeed grand, physically scientific process is only the beginning of the trail along which the Mind, more than just the brain, helps us to evaluateand form judgments from and react to the external properties of our existence, for the Mind is connected to the Heart and together with internal spiritual influences, comprise the soul! I am not speaking of spiritual influences necessarily, or even at all, in terms of superficial religious rituals and rules of morality imposed upon us, but a deeper inborn and instinctive vision of what we are, and what we can be based on our own belief in ourselves, above that of any iconic deity. This can not be minimized or ignored without extreme peril to one's own guiding force, and it's very compass, to not only determine it's proper direction and purpose, but then to act upon it toward "The Zenith of Experience", which prizes that individual's goals and guides to their true fulfillment above the direction or desires of others. Personal fulfillment, I believe, can most definitely be reached and sustained, and our inner force, drive and belief in our destiny as a sense of direction need not take a back seat to the whims of a world, from which we gather our information, but need not completely shape us and dictate to us what our very experience or the nature of our connections to life, and in life, should be. Nothing can be taken for granted or dismissed to one's own detriment without it being of their own "choosing". So, then how shall we seperate an act of perceived foolishness from that of a sound judgment formed, a decision reached and a choice made that was firmly based on their senses, and hence on their mind's journey toward its own meaningful and fulfilling life? It's up to each of us to do that for, and unto themselves alone, and no one else!

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Much appreciated Bruce. Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to comment.

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      Bruce Clark 

      6 years ago

      Your philosophical thoughts are impressive. Philosophies in life are sweet to grasp. It makes us live and appreciate life in the process.

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