― William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
“Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child -- our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh
At one point, I characterized him as "a Lifer" and he grinned and alluded to the many times he's fallen off the wagon. Yet, to him at this stage of the journey, Life and Practice are "not two". The look in his eyes was unmistakable. He was aware of the Real Deal. I think, deep down, we all are. Manifesting the truth of it in our own lives is only a matter of time, effort -- and Grace*.
Although as the Practice unfolds, there can and will be moments of outright wonder and gratitude and bliss, all the experiential big bang moments of human consciousness imaginable, they aren't the Heart of the Matter. In fact, an attachment to going for the gold and getting all the goodies can hang you up as much as any other grasping. It's much more about just "assuming the position" --again and again. It's much more about paying full attention to this very breath, this sight, this sound, this feeling.
There just isn't anyplace to go other than where you are. There is nothing more extraordinary than the ordinary. If you look deeply, Infinity is visible to the naked eye.
Looking up from the keyboard, taking a breath and relaxing my shoulders, I gaze out the window.
The mist out there is clear as a bell.
I love it when that happens.
* I think it's wise to embrace Grace as an essential part of the picture and remember that the individual "I" didn't set the Universe up this way. It's the boundless and infinite One Love, unadorned by this individuated costuming, that's responsible. Alhamdulillah
Originally posted December 2013. Revised