The universe cycles. Things arise, then pass away. It may take a while, a few billion years or so, but the only constant is change. So it is with my life, change is the constant, it is just that the cycles are shorter. The big cycle is of course, life itself. Born, live, decline, and die. After that, who knows for sure?
Today, it is about my spiritual cycles. Those cycles can run from weeks to years. Lately it is weeks. I am a seeker, and was drawn to Buddhism in college. I read, thought, but couldn’t meditate. Now I meditate and after a number of false starts, I can call myself a beginner Buddhist. Well, a Bhuddapalian, because Jesus is still in my life, but that’s another story and other cycles.
I have made quite a bit of progress, and have experienced varying times when I am actually living in the moment, not thinking about the past or future. After all, the past or the future don’t exist except in our heads. A few weeks I went on a retreat of enormous benefit. 18 people at the Y of the Rockies in Estes Park where we formed a bond during a silent retreat.
Cycles. After the high comes the low. From being in the moment, I found myself trapped in my past. Now, for the purpose of survival I need the past. I learned things and apply the knowledge for the sake of survival in a fairly hostile world. I don’t need all the old traumas and mistakes filling my head, however. I use that stuff to fuel addictions in order to block what is gone anyway. That’s how the brain works sometimes. I block with food, various drugs, sex, and depression.
The problem, those strategies wear off and I am back simmering in the cauldron of despair. Old pains lead to compulsive behavior leading to despair and addiction. The Buddhist strategy is to devote oneself to serving all beings, clean living, loving kindness, and letting go-detachment. Lately, not working. I watch violence on You Tube, eat, fantasize, and avoid drugs. Letting go? Hmph.
I had this dream. I was back at work after a vacation and there was new stuff I didn’t know how to work with. There weren’t any instructions, of course. When are there ever instructions about what to do? So, I just had to cope, even though the boss and an engineer were running around talking about the future. They weren’t going to be any help.
That’s where we are, isn’t it? New tasks and no owners manual. I just have to sit with the situation until a strategy presents itself. Oh, wait, I just laid out the strategy, didn’t