You know you’re truly embracing your transfiguration when your idea of “birthday” is not to celebrate with The Usual (dinners, bars, cakes, chemicals) but rather The Extraordinary (meditation through acoustic guitar & sacred Argentinian mantras in a community church).
An enormous amount to reflect on & process tonight. Many affirmations & reaffirmations from the performer/spiritual leader…the astounding realization is that almost none of these ideologies are “new.” Hearing them presented through song, chant, & meditation…is like remembering something from the past. Something once known deep down, but slowly and day by day forgotten, like so many grains of sand sliding to the bottom of an hourglass.
- “For every 10 lies we tell…9 are to ourselves.” Am I really trying my best? Was that really a smart decision? Are my justifications just feedback loops that lapse unto themselves infinitely? Dig deeper; find your truth.
- Relationships are the key to life. With our friends, with our parents, with our siblings, with our partners, with our colleagues, with ourselves.
- The meaning of human life is to simultaneously give and receive love.
- That we all have needs to be fulfilled…and expectations to be let go of.
- That music is truly & profoundly a universal language.
- Happiness starts at the center of self, and grows outwardly — not the other way around.
- Life is a beach…and the grittiest grains of sand will wash out in the surf, with the ebb & flow of tide…if you are but one particle amongst many, then simply let those others you cannot possibly control slide right on by.
- “Joy” and “growth” are synonymous.
- Knowing yourself is the first step. Helping others complete step 1 is the second.
And about a hundred more thoughts that came and went during the event. Overwhelming even, but important and rewarding.
Anyway, I feel pretty damn good about 26. Everything is what we make of it. The yin//yang of Dreams & Destruction…and pensive laughter at their circling dance. Acceptance; progression.
Grateful to be walking the path with those who find value in the same.