Sunday, July 02, 2006

MEDITATION: "What Really Matters"

Someone once said that everything should be honored, but nothing matters – a truth I have been thinking a lot about this morning. I was sitting down in the park beside the pond as the sun began to spread its light among the trees, and I thought, yes, everything should be honored. Every single moment, every event, every situation, every person, every thought should be venerated as though it is a priceless miracle, because it is. Whatever the universe decides to unfold (whether we humans label it “good” or “bad”) is a marvel worth our reverence and respect. However, this doesn’t mean that anything really “matters”, or at least that any one part of creation matters more than any other. In the kind of cosmos that we live in, which is endless and infinitely complex but also utterly unified and harmonious, no facet of it is more important than any other. Everything, from the farthest star to the tiniest atom, is of equal value and significance. Everything “matters” equally, which means, in a sense, that nothing (no thing) really matters. What does really matter is the entire unified, harmonious universe, which has been successfully creating itself for untold eons, and which will continue to do so for all eternity. Instead of thinking that I have to “take care” or 'control" each present moment because everything “matters”, I should focus my attention on appreciating the astonishing creations of the universe. Instead of taking things “seriously”, perhaps I should just take them happily and gratefully.

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