In the space between chaos and shape there was another chance.
The World and Other Places: Stories
To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.
This is the Vedic directive: leap.
Each day we align ourselves with the movement of the laws of nature. In our meditation, we “establish ourselves in Being” (as is directed in the Bhagavad Gita).
Before we learn to meditate, we know ourselves only as our thoughts and our feelings. From this identity, our choices will be those which feed the ego, choices which will lead us solely toward individual comfort or away from individual discomfort. We will be guessing what is right, or deciding based on opinions–of ourselves, our family, our religion, our philosophy. Some choices we make will be right, of course, at least to some extent; but still they will be choices, and sometimes we will just have to guess. It’s a gamble. Sometimes we will win, but also, sometimes we will lose.
By ‘de-exciting’ through meditation, we drop out of ego-identity and into identity with the movement and the flow of nature. Ego, self, is still here, but we begin to know ourselves as something in addition to this ego identity. We begin to know ourselves as nature itself; and from this identification with nature, we are guaranteed to be aligned with evolution; for there is only one thing nature ever is doing, and that is evolving. The flow of nature moves only in the direction of evolution. Always When we are aligned with evolution, there is no more need to ‘figure it out.’ There is no more choice. There is an experience of choicelessness. There is simply the next right action to take. The next best thing to do. Always there is one movement that is the next most evolutionary step to take, and nature shows us what that step is, moment by moment; and when we are aligned with nature, we find ourselves naturally taking that one most evolutionary step. Even when we can’t see where we might end up.
We leap. We take care of the forward movement. We let nature take care of where we land.
And if we don’t like where we’ve landed, we simply leap again.
Today I will do at least one thing, however small, that feels like the right thing to do, even if it makes no sense. Perhaps especially if it makes no sense.
Bandaloop Dancers on the Side of a Building, San Francisco, CA
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