“Preparing is going through the motions of getting ready for what you think is about to happen.
Ready is actually being able to handle whatever is thrown your way.”
These days I really wonder about how one can be READY to live in this world – Almost seems like that the days of Preparing are over – All what we worked for, hoped for, dreamt for …. has to be valid currency now, has to hold water – or else it might have been a huge self-illusion and leaves us with little to navigate these waters of life …. and I also wonder about this always starting afresh — beginner’s mind, i believe it’s called.
Many years ago I came across (in a book by James Hollis) the term of ‘Amorfati‘ – translated as: ‘love of ones fate’. Hollis got it from writings by Nietzsche.
and here’s some Jospeph Campbell on: “Nietzsche was the one who did the job for me. At a certain moment in his life, the idea came to him of what he called ‘the love of your fate.’ Whatever your fate is, whatever the hell happens, you say, ‘This is what I need.’ It may look like a wreck, but go at it as though it were an opportunity, a challenge. If you bring love to that moment—not discouragement—you will find the strength is there. Any disaster you can survive is an improvement in your character, your stature, and your life. What a privilege! This is when the spontaneity of your own nature will have a chance to flow.
“Then, when looking back at your life, you will see that the moments which seemed to be great failures followed by wreckage were the incidents that shaped the life you have now. You’ll see that this is really true. Nothing can happen to you that is not positive. Even though it looks and feels at the moment like a negative crisis, it is not. The crisis throws you back, and when you are required to exhibit strength, it comes.”
Joseph Campbell – Reflections on the Art of Living
Cedar trees in garden
Most of you will know, perhaps recall, that I’ve been on a pilgrimage in Europe – walking up north across Portugal and in northern Spain / Galicia. Having returned in the summer …. I am still integrating this entire experience … A pilgrim book writer, Walter Starkie, describes this state rather well:
“When, however, those lonely waifs and strays turn their faces homeward after praying at the tomb in Compostella, and reaching the misty land of the Dark Star where the ebbing and flowing tide murmurs at the foot of the World’s End, their mental plight resembles that of the monk in ancient times who lingered in the wood, listening entranced to the divine song of a bird in the tree.”
The monk only came out of his reverie when he heard the sounds of the bells calling him to prayer.
When he hurried back to the monastery nobody knew him and everything had changed. He told the Abbot who he was and the Abbot took out a large book and looked up his name. Sure enough, his name was in the book but he had been listed as missing, presumed eaten by wild animals in the woods over a hundred years earlier.”
that’s often how I still feel … and below the fern is another good impression and description on this ….
“The moon & sun are eternal travelers. Even the years wander on. A lifetime adrift in a boat, or in old age leading a tired horse into the years, every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.
From the earliest times there have always been some who have perished along the road. Still I have always been drawn by windblown clouds into dreams of a lifetime of wandering.”
~ Matsuo Basho a 17th century Zen Abbot….
a fellow pilgrim shared this prayer with me:
“Dear Lord look after me or you’ll have me on your hands.”
and passed along this clever li’l note:
“Never miss an opportunity to make others happy, even if you have to leave them alone in order to do it.”
very best wishes for a good week – a ‘heat wave’ was announced here in the Bay Area … finally, our summer seems to arrive. well, I believe it when I feel it. – Ah, before I forget: this Saturday Oct 4th until the 25th: MERCURY RETRO is in town, the world over….