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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A journey to my core beliefs

Understanding your own beliefs comes from focused thought, and quiet contemplation. Quiet contemplation, now that is an idea! My head spins with thoughts constantly, but to quiet my mind enough to interpret them is another thing entirely. The act of making an earnest statement of my core beliefs is much more difficult than I first thought.

I have no real sense of direction, here. I guess I will start with the first thing that comes into my mind. My soul. I believe that we all have souls, and that our souls follow us for eternity. We are more than flesh and bone. More than a brain running a vascular system. We are a part of something bigger, more important than ourselves. To quote Bob Dylan " The answer my friend is blowing in the wind, the answer is blowing in the wind." So I will move on.

Kindness, that is my next pop up. We all have been raised to follow the " Golden Rule" right? Do unto others as we would have others do unto us. To treat all people, no matter who they are, what beliefs they hold, with compassion and fairness. Taking the high road, without judgement of your fellow man. Good stuff, right? I believe in that!

Listen with your heart, not just your ears. Stay open to new ideas. Do it without fear of shattering your core belief system. I think it boils down to have an open mind. We are all composites of our life experiences. It is easy to get lost in our suffering and forget to look around at the beauty. There is beauty everywhere, in all things, in all people.

 Where ever you are, be there, in the moment. This one is tough for me. Taste the coffee with its bitter bite, hear the birds singing, outside, and feel the strain on my back as I sit at this computer doing this exercise in futility. This philosophical exercise in a semi public forum, a record of my thoughts sent out into the world.

In the end, on my death bed I think it will all boil down to one thing. I have loved, with all of my heart. I have also been loved, felt loved, everyday of my life. When all the rest falls away, my health, my freedom to choose what to do with my day, I will still have that. And then the sky will open up and embrace me, and I will be a part of something greater.