WORDS LIKE LIGHT
Tuesday, August 16, 2022
As my 80 years have passed, I have slowly realized, happily, that thinking is at the very heart of life, of reality, of the universe itself. Truly, I cannot get away from the process of thinking. Every single moment is actually a thought – a brand new opening and movement of consciousness, of awareness. Everything that happens, happens in consciousness. True, there do seem to be many ‘things’ outside of me, but it’s clear to me now that they actually exist within consciousness, or awareness – and not ‘my’ awareness, but the boundless awareness of life itself, of the ceaseless and mysterious universe itself. It’s fun for me now to picture the universe itself pondering and deliberating, and me as part of that thoughtful, ongoing process, participating in a vast and beautiful and endless mental exercise called ‘life’. Life, I see now, when I’m not lost in daydreams, is an adventure in thinking. New thoughts are constantly arising and sailing along in their wondrous freshness, and when I’m carefully watching, I see that I am always sailing with them. Each moment is never ‘things’, but always thoughts, and my job – lucky for me – is to stay still and observe with appreciation this astounding mental spectacle.
WHAT HE WAS THINKING Tonight these trees may shelter some lost birds. Their leaves may allow life to be a gift again to those birds, a treasure they could take home to their nest. Tonight, he was thinking, the timeless stars might display their light in flashes of splendor, so that sorrowing children might stare up and soothe themselves with the reassurance that life, like a soft broom, will sweep the sorrow away. Tonight there is simplicity in the way my window closed when I pushed it down, just as there is simplicity in the way the moon swings out from the trees to give its signal that worries should now be set on the surface of rivers and allowed to sink, for night and its holiness has come. Tonight, he was thinking, some immense happiness might be hurrying toward me through the darkness, even as I sit here in this small room on this small, stunning planet.