This New Year, I resolve to work backwards. Instead of acting, or, really, reacting to the five senses, I vow to see their trickery and live accordingly.
Awakening together involves dissolving self and other.
"Where there is perception, there is deception."
"Nothing remains the same for two consecutive moments."
It is at the intersection of understanding the true nature of our stories and how we choose to let them control us that dialog and healing happen. Your opinion has value, but it's no more valuable than your counterpart's opinion
What do we live for: Ourself or the benefit of all else? How is serving others a manifestation of serving ourself?
From emptiness morality arises.
My hut is not the destination to meaning.
We all share that we are humans with emotions; that we don't want to suffer and want to be happy.
"I only see what I wanna see; My blanket covers me."
Our identity evolves around endless labels.
You may feel all alone with no one to comfort you.
God reveals himself to everyone everyday.
"Those who grasp at perceptions and views, just go around bothering each other."
"So often in pursuit, we miss the actual thing. Confusion is believing the opportunity for practice isn't always right here with us, in this exact moment."
Comedian Trevor Noah explores cultural oddities from the eyes of non-Zambians.
In the most passionate of ways, we tenderly bathed one another in the earth below our buttocks. We talked about healing each with our love, about using that combined love to heal other human beings, and using a joint love in humanity to restore our greatest gift, Mother Earth.
It is impossible to know when epiphanies happen, especially when trying to be detected from a third party. Likely, it was not even such an event. I truly think it was encapsulated within, a seed in a vault not given an opportunity to become something beautiful, a gift to the ecosystem, sacrificing itself for the nutrient of everything it could come in contact with. But for me, the flowering moment happened when we attended a Peace Corps sponsored event in Lusaka learning about Grass Roots Soccer (GRS), an interactive outreach program to teach youths about HIV/AIDS.
As the sun rises, we sweep the yard. Dust lifts into the sky attempting to hold up a full moon's departure.
It oozes from every breath. Why, then, does it fade- inspiration?
I remember the feeling because it is incredibly evocative. Like the joy people feel when receiving a gift of kindness. It is, unfortunately, a seemingly diminishing exchange between two people; the receiver overwhelmed with gratitude, eyes lit up from excitement, laughs full of meaning- maybe mixed with emotions of love; the giver looking onward in anticipation, an idea delivered, a human emanating acceptance.