Blooming lotus in peaceful mind Image by Thai Jasmine via Flickr
What is love? What is life? What is time? Please tell me. What are the words you choose? Are there words that can accurately convey these concepts? Well, we try to come up with them. But in my experience words are so limiting and often fail miserably at communicating such subjective and powerful ideas.
It’s like trying to describe to someone what it feels like to jump out of an airplane. You could say, “It was awesome, dude!” Or you could be more specific and say, “All I could hear was the wind rushing and my heart pounding.” In any case, I’d be willing to bet the only surefire way I’d understand what it was like was if I took the plunge myself. And that experience would no doubt leave me with different impressions than others. Maybe I’d see a glimpse of heaven. Maybe I’d squeeze my eyes shut and cry “I want my mommy!” the whole way down. This is what makes the human experience so fascinating. We are all constantly filtering what we experience and applying it directly to our own personal state of being. Continue reading →
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s one of the main questions we face in life, right up there with “why do we exist?” and “why can’t I ever figure out how to program two shows on my DVR while watching TV at the same time?”
When he was three, my son used to emphatically yell he wanted to be a “baby doctor and a monster truck driver!” Now he’s moved on to “a math teacher…or a scientist that discovers a new planet.” My four year old daughter usually answers with, “A pink princess ballerina cowgirl!” Same thing I want to be someday, how strange. Continue reading →
The tiny bright ball of energy was whirling in front of me. It swirled and spun while even smaller dots of yellow light zipped around the ball like moons orbiting Jupiter. I was mesmerized. All I could do was observe it in my mind’s eye. The light was growing bigger and bigger, suspended in space in front of me. There was no thought. There was no time. There was no “I”. Nothing existed except for that ball of light. Continue reading →