Are you ready? This is an extremely important question! It might even be true that the fate of this precious blue Planet and the life that it supports depends upon how you will answer!
It is a fact of science and mysticism both, that everything in the universe is mysteriously connected to everything else. A study of both quantum physics and the ancient Upanishads reveal this core truth. (That it does not inform and guide our politics, economics, religions, and cultures is more mysterious than the truth itself.) Our minds are, as it were, participants in the One Mind... One Consciousness supports, penetrates, and pervades Every Existent Thing and "No Thing"... Atoms come and go everywhere! Starlight to seaweed, now this now that: this is a very freewheeling Universe! The Question is whether or not you want to wake up and consciously join in the Dance -- or sleepwalk through the precios gift of your life?
What you think: the thoughts that fill your mind are the Holy Book you really need to read. If your thoughts are not sacred scripture, what good does it do to read a book someone tells you is sacred? Rumi would say to use your mind as a foot-stool: put your mind under your feet and rest awhile -- however long it takes to flush it out. Every negative thought, every judgment, every shred of hate, every division, every justification for injustice, inequality, and violence, every temptation to fear, every reverence to self-hatred or condemnation: all of your "stuff" has got to go! For most of us, there isn't much left! ... more and more empty space! ... now fill that emptiness with affirmations like "I am beautiful as the Holy One is Beauty"... fill that emptiness with blessings upon everyone who touches your life in any way -- even strangers you pass on the street... fill that emptiness now with an everyday access to Beauty: make art, cultivate a garden, visit art museums, listen to Mozart, learn to play an instrument, read and write poetry, fly kites, blow bubbles, adore nature, fall in love even if it hurts and then love some more and more, volunteer in a soup kitchen, paint your passions on a canvas, a fence, or a wall, meditate and be mindful: every moment is full of the richness of your breath: enter into a life of giving: become a Servant of the Universe: become a Lover: become One Love...
With your mind finally serving you -- instead of throwing you willy-nilly here, there, and everywhere -- you are FREE to enter into that for which you came into being: utter, total, radiant, DELIGHT! The rest of the Way is sharing the Bliss, building intentional communities of possibilities not yet imagined, and serving (always serving) to feed the Living Flame of Love: into Action for Compassion and Justice...
Or: you could just keep on the beaten path...
Still: I urge you to make room for delight!
Robert Daniel Smith was privileged to serve the homeless and marginalized for 30 years in Salinas, California. Together with his wife, Michelle, they founded an intentional community called the 'Companions of the Way', also in Salinas. Robert and Michelle are community organizers, Catholic Worker renegades, sacred activists, writers, poets, artists, Divine Mother devotees, and practitioners of Kriya Yoga as taught by Rev. Ellen Grace O'Brian of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment. Michelle is also a Montessori public school teacher. Robert is also an ordained Interfaith Minister.