Wednesday, January 8, 2014

What Is the "What Is"

Modern day gurus advise us plebeians to accept the "what is" as a recipe for sanity. Could this be a 21st century colloquialism resembling God's original utterance, "I am that I am?" 

Despite the enigmatic nature of this Holy reference, both the former and latter phrases are loosely related to unconditional acceptance of perceived circumstances (internal/external) and the idea of Self-knowledge.

I can't vouch for the authenticity of the biblical source, as it is near impossible to get an interview with God and the sources are unreliable. So how about a truism from a real live human being named Thich Nhat Hanh -  

“Life can be found only in the present moment. The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.”

Which brings us back to the "what is." No matter the life phase, bio-rhythm, season, geographical location, or hormonal cycle we are in, one cannot escape the circumstances of the moment. Life is one fluid movement undergoing change and transformation incessantly, which complicates the matter; by the time one groks the "what is," it has become the "what was," requiring instantaneous adaptability to a groundless, wide open void.

To avoid insanity, this conundrum requires the human psyche to remain as loose as a wet noodle. So today I raise my glass to flexibility, relaxation, stillness, nowness, lucidity, and the heavenly delight of angel hair pasta dripping in a butter-garlic sauce.

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