We are all on a spiritual path. At least. That is what I think; what I believe. I know there are those who would argue this point. But I assert that each one of us IS a spiritual being, and THAT is the thing that makes us unique. Otherwise. Scientifically, the human body and physical mass is comprised of the same molecular composition. If that were our only definition, we would all be the same.
So yes, I believe what makes us… “us”… is the thing we can’t quite put our fingers on. And from the beginning of time, man has been journeying to figure out…. this thing of the spirit.
Each moment brings a new thing. Much of it may seem ordinary and mundane. But the truth of it is, everything is moving and swirling and whirling around us. It is the waking up, and noticing, which is a big part of our path.
There is a quote from a 13th Century Buddhist Master name Dogen. He says, “Every day is a good day.”
To which I say… I don’t think I’ll ever be enlightened. Because I can’t quite get to that point yet. Every day does not always feel so good to me. So yeah. Buddhist Master Dogen has the one-up on me there. And he looks better in a floor length dress.
But I understand what he meant. Every moment has some sort of goodness within. We just do not always understand what that thing might be.
Yesterday did not seem so good to me. We lost our pal Max. But there was plenty that was beautiful about the day too. Like. The entire staff at the Med Vet was kind, compassionate, caring. So many friends, here on social media, extended their thoughts, and good wishes. It goes on. In a thousand different ways. From the delicious sweet apple I ate that morning … to the fact that I can afford a decent car which works when I want to go somewhere … .. to the hot water and nice smelling soap in the shower. Good things were abounding all around.
Back to the path. That is all a part of it. Noticing, understanding, and appreciating. Passing it on. Giving it back, and moving it forward.
Tonight I filled a hole with dirt. And in that hole was a big part of the last 17 years of my life. Yes, I buried a part of me in that hole too. But more importantly, I think …. … much remains. It goes on, and we go on. On that journey, with our hearts, with our minds, and with our spirits.
And that is a good day. No matter how sad I am.
“Last night I lost the world, and gained the universe.”
― C. JoyBell C.
“Your greatest awakening comes, when you are aware about your infinite nature.”
― Amit Ray, Meditation: Insights and Inspirations
“The road to enlightenment is long and difficult, and you should try not to forget snacks and magazines.”
― Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith