We are evolved to have quick automatic responses to danger. We are taught inappropriate emotional responses. We are all drama queens about some things.
Learning to be non reactionary, to control our emotional response to external and internal events is a big key to happiness.
There are many paths to inner peace and understanding that lead to the elimination of suffering, all are long and difficult. Some believe we are all trapped in a cycle of birth, death and rebirth until we finally get it right.
“I have lived with several Zen masters — all of them cats.”
― Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
Some people say I have talent as an artist. I say it’s not me but the universe. Creating connects me to the cosmic whole, where time becomes meaningless. Therefore I cannot not take credit for my art.
I can read and think. I believe I understand about letting go. But something always arises to shatter that illusion. I once believed meditation was about practicing control of oneself. That misunderstanding kept me from progressing . Part of me believes it is a struggle, requiring great effort. Intellectually I understand it’s just the opposite. LET IT GO.
The following image is part of today’s creations. The universe seem to like bold bright colors and patterns.
“Zen is a liberation from time. For if we open our eyes and see clearly, it becomes obvious that there is no other time than this instant, and that the past and the future are abstractions without any concrete reality.”
― Alan W. Watts