When we experience "moments of grace", or "magical moments" in daily life, while walking in the snow under the stars or spending a beautiful moment with dear friends by the seaside, what is really happening? All of a sudden, we have left our burden of inner conflicts behind. We feel in harmony with others, with ourselves, with the world. It is wonderful to fully enjoy such magical moments, but it is also revealing to understand why they feel so good: pacification of inner conflicts; a better sense of interdependence with everything rather than fragmenting reality; and a respite from the mental toxins of aggression and obsession. All these qualities can be cultivated through developing wisdom and inner freedom. This will lead not just to a few moments of grace but to a lasting state of well-being that we may call genuine happiness.
There's only one thing that we can control in the human life, and that one thing is not our mind. It's not a thought, it's not our breath, it's not our responses, it's not our actions. It's the cultivation of personal awareness, the moment-to-moment awareness of who we are -- in charge of our life, in charge of our purpose, in charge of our path."
There are worlds of experience beyond the world of the aggressive man, beyond history, and beyond science. The moods and qualities of nature and the revelations of great art are equally difficult to define; we can grasp them only in the depths of our perceptive spirit.
""No revolution in outer things is possible without prior revolution in one's inner way of being. Whatever change you aspire to in your affairs must be preceded by a change in heart an active deepening and strengthening of your resolve to meet every event with equanimity, detachment, and innocent goodwill. When this spiritual poise is achieved within, magnificent things are possible without." - I Ching Hexagram 49: “KO” from the Book of Changes: A Guide to Life's Turning Points
by Brian Browne Walker
Once upon a time physicists thought they had the universe solved. Some obscure details remained, but the basic structure of the cosmos was thought to be understood. Out of this naivete, relativity theory emerged, fundamentally altering classical notions of space and time. Then came Heisenberg's uncertainty principle and the surreal revelations of quantum physics. String theorists, in their attempts to reconcile ever widening theoretical gaps, started talking about eleven dimensions. Dark matter still makes no sense. Modern physics knows so much more about the universe, but their is still much it doesn't understand. for the first time, some scientists are openly wondering if we, in fact, are incapable of figuring out the cosmos.
(Image is of six-dimensional Calabi-Yau shapes)
Human existence is significant and life essentially makes sense in spite of our confusions. Mankind is not here on Earth by accident, but for a purpose, and that whatever the purpose may be, it demands from him the discovery of his own meaning, his own totality, and identity.
D, M. Dooling, Founder Parabola Magazine.