You have given up your heart
You have declared your dependence
No more praise for your courage!
No more wonder for solitude!
You have turned out your grief
You have left dignity in rags
Drinking now the truest wine!
Drinking now every last delight!
You have chosen the way of Love
You have signaled it's time to Feast
All that's left is the shouting!
All that's left is the dying!
Surrendered: this "state of being" is central to every mystic tradition and teaching: without this core practice, nothing else really matters. Everything in the awakening life is about entering upon this path -- and walking it with honesty and integrity. Anything that is held back -- will be taken away. Anything that is justified -- will be stripped away. Anything that is necessary -- will be annihilated: everything must go into the "furnace" of surrender...
Are you a big shot? Become a little shot. Are you proudly intelligent? Become a still, small, point. Are you well-to-do? Become abundantly simple. Do you catch the drift? As Brother Giles said, "The way to go up is to go down." But most of the real action takes place in the heart of affections and attachments: how are you tempted to lord it over others? How do you control those whom you love, work with, and live with? How do you free others -- your lover, your co-workers, your employees, your social friends, etc.? How do you live compassion, kindness, mindfulness, justice, beauty, and peace? How is your meditation assisting in your transformation into love-without-limits? These few questions are simply meant as an exercise in self-examination: again, we're back to honesty and integrity... another helpful way of looking at it is through the lens of this final question: if you knew that you were going to die sometime in 2013, how would you live between now and then?
The person who has awakened would simply keep on keeping on... every moment has infinite potential... any moment could be your moment for that one perfect act of love that will witness to the beauty and the surrender of your life... that's the way to go... High Yee!