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Connections... some thoughts
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.