The Only Real Life
In a web series called, "My Last Days", people with terminal illnesses not only talk about their challenges but also what they're gaining from their experience: the willingness to let go of trivial fixations, to focus on meaningful relationships , and to live in the moment. They become the great seers of the Real Reality - the one behind the scenes, the one that goes unnoticed when we focus mainly on life's surface expressions.
Often we look at what is before us, facts and conditions, and judge them as good or bad, fair or unfair. But "unfair" assumes that fair things always read as balanced and equitable. Yet what is truly fair in a situation, what gives us what we want and need most, may not always appear as just at first.
Luckily, peace doesn't come from living only things we judge as good and fair. It comes from feeling past the top layer of our lives into the Real Life - for the same light remains at the center of all experience.
Regardless of differing situations, we are all equal in this way: each of us has only this moment. The past and future live solely in thought; they have no location in time or space. Because all we've really got is the moment we're living now, whether we're sick, healthy, with or without a job, a spouse, or financial woes - how we open to the moment or resist it determines our experience. There is no life condition that has the power to take away the value of the moment. That's what those with terminal illnesses seem to recognize and cherish and that's what we all can as well.
6/3/2013 06:30:03 am
This is so lovely - and right in keeping with Michael Neil's new book. I think I may use the picture as my desktop. Love it!
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