jusummerhayes

Contemplation

“I've begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own.” ― Chaim Potok, The Chosen

Sadly, the word contemplation is and has been rubbed out by the desire to transcend our ordinary lives and morph into a superhuman being; I was going to say something more extraordinary but I'm not sure that's true. If there's a theme to the whole personal development paradigm it's the unholy obsession with being all you can be.

And what, I hear you say, is wrong with that?

I don't know; but you might look around you and ask why, with all this exhortation, advice and volumes of information, haven't we figured out what's truly, deeply important?

What you mean climbing the greasy but never-ending pole, consuming and not thinking about tomorrow isn't the name of the game?

Of course it is. 

I generalise (for effect...!) but the truth is we never or rarely stop to sit with what's arising, and just...listen.

Oh, now we are; but it's too little, too late in that what is now manifesting across the globe isn't something that couldn't have been predicted. (If you're interested to know where climate change and/or the earth's degradation might fit into the current narrative then you can do worse than read this piece by Professor Jem Bendell.)

Perhaps I've got this all wrong. We don't need more navel-gazing, and, instead, we should, as Donald T. and Mr Bolsanoro seem to advocate, open the lid on this pandemic, let it do its worst and get back to 'normal' as quickly as possible. Let's just hope their crazy, hair-brained scheme doesn't wipe them out or anyone remotely close to them. Some would say they'd be doing us all a favour but I'm not nearly that uncharitable!

What am I really trying to say?

Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

No, all I'm doing with this post and my work — the real work not the legal humdrum — is look within. 

And pay attention, which means nothing more than listening, being very patient with yourself and those around you and to stop looking for solutions/answers to everything you but up against.

Do you know why?

'Cos it's all an illusion. 

What?

You heard me.

OK. Maybe that's a bit extreme but one thing I know beyond doubt is that everything is changing — it never, ever stops — and that means apropos of your emotions, thinking and dreams and or desires they'll always be in a state of flux. 

Is there anything that isn't?

Ah, that's a very good question and perhaps for another day. 

For now, if I've got any advice it's simply to rest peaceably in the present moment and don't answer the call of anything more than the wide-open sacredness that life — in all its many manifestations — offers you.

Blessings and much love, Ju

Photo by Jason Wong on Unsplash

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