Monday, July 03, 2006

MEDITATION: "Letting Events Happen by Themselves"

How silly it would be if I decided I had to "help" my heart beat well, or "organize" my lungs so they'll take in air more efficiently, or "assist" the wind as it blows across my town. It would be utterly ridiculous, of course, because I know that hearts and lungs and winds don't need any help from me. They are perfectly capable of doing whatever they do completely on their own. Whether I am conscious of it or not, and completely without my assistance, my heart pumps, my lungs expand, and the wind blows. For people (like me) who have always believed they personally have to "control" the important things in their lives, this realization is a jolt. There's nothing more important to us than the beating of our hearts, and yet the fact is that it happens without our control or aid of any kind. Even when we are utterly oblivious and uncontrolling, as in sleep, our heart continues doing its vital task. I guess I have to ask myself this question: If this very important task is taken care of without my assistance, what other important tasks are, also? Could it be that most -- even all -- of the essential activities in life happen on their own, sort of automatically? Dawn comes after darkness, summer follows spring, planet earth spins peacefully along through space, the next thought comes to me -- all without my consent or assistance. Perhaps I should relax, take a breath, and sit back and watch. After all, the really critical activities seem to be happening quite well without me.

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