Insight #82 ~ ZEN Shredding…



Pay attention to the story of your own life.


It’s easy to get caught up in the vision and dreams of others, the movers, the shakers, the high rollers, but what about your own visions and dreams? Your future; the intentions and desires, the dreams and visions you have for your life, are a unique mix of the known and the unknown.  The known is the story of your life; the unknown is a field of infinite possibilities determined only by the quality and direction of your attention.


Extended commentary:

There are no pat formulas that determine a successful life.  As much as we seek, grow and stumble through life experience, life’s inherent nature will always provide us with a diversity of experience that lies outside the fields of our own desire and preference; desires and preferences that often overshadow what is.

To often we become hypnotized by the story of another; the wish for a life to constantly move in upward spirals of being more, doing more, and having more.  Our expectations are often thwarted as the pendulum of life experience swings naturally between periods of expansion and contraction.

Navigating the expansion and contraction of life with ease will often be determined by the degree of attention to we give to the story of that life experience.  The story of our life is what’s happening or not happening in our life; better said, the story is the perception of what’s happening or not happening in our life.

When we compare, assess and evaluate our story we invite ourselves into the deep end of the story; we invite turmoil, conflict and provocation that arises from a perception that is skued for it to be other than what it is.  Resilience to the juxtaposition of life experiences comes not from the skill of navigation, but acceptance; acceptance of what is.

When our attention is placed solely on the story of what may or may not be working in our life, we lose touch with the part of ourselves that is simply aware but detached to the fleeting details that arise and subside within the pages of that story.

Yes, it is important for you to pay attention to the details of [your] own story without comparing, assessing, or evaluating it to another, but greater yet, it is important to give your fullest attention to the one who is aware of that story; the one who watches that story unfold in each and every moment.  The one who is beyond that story…    



Whose dreams or visions are you following?


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