I had dinner with a friend tonight and we were talking about if we will ever know the truth about everything in our lifetime for instance UFOs, Atlantis, Bigfoot, etc. But then we thought maybe we are not supposed to know everything. Like how important to life is curiosity, imagination, mystery, wonder, bewilderment, etc. Reminded me of Rumi..
“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.” – Rumi
For the past decade or so for me it’s been all about the quest for chill or the quest for more chill or the quest for the most chill. In business and in everything: Is this even chill? How can I make it more chill? What does the most chill version of whatever I am looking at look like?
But you then realize chillness is finite. Especially in relationships you notice that people are either adding to or taking away from your chill. So, you start avoiding non-chill people. But that’s not chill. That’s the paradox.
The evolution or next level of chill is “peace”. Peace is deep and vast and infinite. Because it is infinite you can give it freely, share it, swim in it, etc. There is no worry of any person place or thing interrupting it.
A person with no chill will not understand your chill. A person with no peace will not only understand your peace, they will also be inspired by and will receive any peace you have to offer.
Let us seek peace.
Sometimes we might be expecting too much from others. I am not saying to lower our standards, but I am saying that we are each responsible for our own happiness.
A friend reminded me of this quote today..
“I can do nothing for you but work on myself, you can do nothing for me but work on yourself! ” – Ram Dass
Sometimes there is a call to action, sometimes there is a call to rest. It’s been a busy post pandemic transition summer. I say we rest this week. And next week too. Enjoy the rest, enjoy the weather. Rest and reset.
We’re gonna need it. Can you feel the swelling of a giant wave coming? I can. Sept and Oct are gonna be big. I don’t know how or in which way, but we will need to save up some time and space and energy for then.
“I’m not saying I’m gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world.” – Tupac
This path that we have found ourselves on, this trail that we have unknowingly blazed, happens to be open for others to follow or add on to or just to be sparked by. Sparked to find their own path and do the same for more.
Realize that just being yourself and on your own path is enough to break the matrix.
When we are on a good one, how do we go faster and further and for longer?
When we are on a bad one, how do we wipe-out safely?
Can it be so simple? Yes.
There are infinity waves. Enjoy the rides.
When I moved to San Francisco it happened to be across the street from a Mexican restaurant called, “El Farolito.” Years later I moved down the street like 8 or 10 blocks and guess what, another “El Farolito” across the street.
It wasn’t till way after the fact that I noticed their logo was a lighthouse, “El Farolito” must translate to “the little lighthouse.”
I was thinking today about how each of our thoughts feelings and behaviors ripple out into the world and bounce back eventually like an echo. (I’m in Echo Park right now, see how my brain works.)
We see the reflection when someone catches even the slightest nugget of a thought feeling or behavior from us. Good or bad. Light or dark.
Might as well be light is what I am trying to say. Might as well be the lighthouse. Might as well be in support of others as sooner or later the reflection will bounce back and be in support of you.
You are El Farolito. For better or for worse. Let’s be for the better.