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Teachings

Below are some teachings and philosophies that I very much adore and do my best to emulate.

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"We are learning to see that we are in this together—and nobler words could not be spoken at this time of vexed exclusions, legitimized exterminations, and weaponized boundaries. This is a time to linger at the edges, to lean into the troubling intersection points where the differences between me and you, us and them, queer and straight, nature and culture, living and nonliving, man and world, are not given and done, but still in the making. This is a time to stay with the trouble of knowing that there is no becoming that is not a becoming-together."
-Bayo Akomolafe, These Wilds Beyond Our Fences

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Growth is a cyclical evolution. We never come back to the same point twice. We ebb and flo

"Throwing my life to the winds, I would follow, once again, where Spirit leads."
-Dan Millman, Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior

"There is eventually only one story, the story of the universe. Every form of being is integral with this comprehensive story. Nothing is itself without everything else. Each member of the Earth community has its own proper role within the entire sequence of transformations that have given shape and identity to everything that exists."

-Thomas Berry, The Universe Story

“The avowed purpose of this involvement is to integrate the statements of the unconscious,

“You must not let your life run in the ordinary way; do something that nobody else has done, something that will dazzle the world. Show that God's creative principle works in you.”

-Paramahansa Yogananda

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The Magic Square, by Nevine Michaan founder of Katonah Yoga, is a technique for embodiment that helps the practitioner organize themselves in time and space, in both their internal and external worlds.

"We are divine but imperfect beings who exist in two worlds, material and spiritual. It is our destiny to shuttle back and forth between these universes through space and time while we learn to master ourselves and acquire knowledge. We must trust in the process with patience and determination. Our essence is not fully knowable in most physical hosts, but Self is never lost because we always remain connected to both worlds."
-Micheal Newton, Journey of Souls

Life, nor any phase of life, is not a journey from point A to point B. There is no point B—except perhaps death—but even beyond death, there is more work to do, more insights to unfold.

 

When they say life is about the journey not the destination, I suppose that’s true, even if that saying has become quite kitsch. But let’s refine it—Life is a continual process of emergence on every level. Paint that on a piece of wood and hang it over your kitchen sink. We set goals and we achieve goals, but is that the end? Does that bring us happiness? Are we ever finished? There is no place to go, no ideal image to achieve. We operate between two extremes—point A and point B, old me versus new me. But here’s the thing, the extremes don’t really exist. There is no arrival and no destination, only the intangible middle. We are a part of an unfolding process, but we believe ourselves to be seers. It certainly provides momentary comfort to feel as if we know where we’re going, a little map towards our own future. But in truth, we don’t know where we’re going because in actuality, we have no control over our lives. Life is funny that way. The moment you start to get a feel for things, the moment you "see" something, life casts you back out into the free-fall of a tailspin.

 

So if we relinquish the destination and accept the uncertainty of the middle, what might we discover? The middle is a space of boundless potential, whereas if we think we can predict our own destination, our minds close off to what might have become and we limit ourselves entirely. 

 

Easier said than done, and I’ll admit this inquiry has been a mindfuck for me over the last several months. But I do believe that the embodiment of this realization of the middle is perhaps the first step toward a life that is lived through a sense of limitless discovery. It sounds like a more challenging way of life, but in the end, it's much different than awaiting an arrival that will never come. That's a real challenge. That's suffering. The middle offers discovery and joy. And that feels more exciting.