Present Tense

The answer is spirit

Minolta DSCI have this theory and I share it every chance that I get. My theory is this: we as humans, are not evolved enough to function effectively in the modern world. Technology and the pace of life has outstripped our ability to process and adapt.

Look around and you will see stress, chaos, anger, frustration, violence, fear, road rage, supermarket rage, Facebook rage. We are chronically offended, scared, angry, busy, fat, sick, unloved, confused, over-medicated. This is primarily in our wealthy and powerful 1st world country. The problems in the 3rd world are even more dire.

The world is exploding and we are paralyzed to react, other than with anger, fear, closing borders, blaming the ‘others’. It’s damned painful, isn’t it?

We don’t understand ourselves right now. We feel as if we’re trapped between two worlds or planes of existence. We were told that technology and progress would save the world; would lessen our burdens and infinitely enhance our ‘quality of life’. But, not so much, eh?

We aren’t ready for all of this. We aren’t ready to live in the big, wide world. It’s too much. Too much information, too much chaos, too much to do and to buy and to hoard. For many of us, too much pain.

Too much.

So, what do do? How the hell do we begin to cope and to see a way forward?

Spirit.

There are many who claim to be religious, but are you in touch with spirit? Do you embrace the sacred and the divine, meaning that you believe and realize that we are all connected. All of us and every single thing on earth and in the cosmos. We share energy and when the energy becomes so negative that we can barely stand to be in our own skin, we have to actively attempt to change it.

Here is what I and millions and millions of others, throughout time, have used to try and tap into this energy: meditation. You can call it prayer, if you’re more comfortable with that, but I believe that prayer and meditation are subtly different. However, the main objective is to quiet the mind, tap into this infinite energy that animates and surrounds and connects us to all that is.

This is a practice. Think of it as part of your personal hygiene regimen. It’s emotional, mental and spiritual hygiene. We need this as humans. The ancient wisdom all speaks of various forms of leaving our bodies, to commune with other spirits and the spirits of the universe.

You can do it alone or you can join with others. We need group energy. We need to get back to ceremony and ritual. We need that as we need food and water and air and fire.

Some of you may have watched Oprah Winfrey’s recent 7 part series called “Belief”. Although it didn’t dig very deeply into religious or spiritual tradition, the one thing that I took away from it was this: we need ceremony and ritual and actual physical gatherings to sustain us. We crave a ‘tribe’ to celebrate and reflect on rights of passage, growth, death, birth, love, belonging. We are too scattered and too divided and fragmented.

In order to begin to make sense out of this global chaos, we need to make sense of us. Make sense of our lives, our purpose, what animates us; we need to find a way to listen to our souls and then to begin to share that with others.

Be honest. You feel this, too. Maybe you can’t quite articulate it because of the unease, fear and anxiety you’re feeling. You may feel foolish, as you’ve rejected religion and spirituality for some reason. It’s not scientific or factual or concrete or ‘modern’. You might have to take a leap of faith that is airy-fairy and some of those close to you may mock your interest in something so lacking in ‘proof’.

That of course, is the beauty of faith and spirit and belief. Once you commit, you begin to see and feel proof. You begin to trust your feelings and intuition and you start to KNOW something that you dared not think about, in these times of technology and progress.

It’s ancient and it’s in your DNA, both physical and spiritual. Give in. Embrace. Know yourself and you will begin to know and love others. You will begin to see what we’re doing to each other, to the earth, to all that is around us.

I promise.

November 16, 2015 - Posted by | Musings | , , , , , , , , , , ,

5 Comments »

  1. Hi Jane, i listened to you on the Dom and Jane show every day for years. This post makes so much sense to me, as I’m overwhelmed by how everything is moving so fast around me, and I find it very difficult to keep up. I’m 56 years old, and feeling like i have no control of anything. I would like to try meditation, but don’t have a clue how or where to start. My mind is hard to tame!!

    Comment by Linette | November 16, 2015 | Reply

    • Linette
      Thanks for the note. EVERYONE’S mind is hard to tame:) That’s why it’s a ‘practice’ and with time, it gets easier and more profound. My advice is to find a few guided meditations and commit to 20 minutes everyday. See where it leads you.
      Jane

      Comment by janelondon | November 16, 2015 | Reply

      • Thanks, Jane. I will take your advice, and keep you posted! Have a great day. 🐶

        Comment by Linette | November 16, 2015

  2. Is that why our football officials can’t get calls correct. The game is too fast for them. I find a bonfire helps with my meditation or being outdoors at the lake and seeing the stars. There is a vast world out there that is quiet and reflective if we stop to see it. Thanks once again for the mental stimulus.

    Comment by Tim Lankerd | November 16, 2015 | Reply

  3. Thank you Jane. Meditation has been on and off my part of my life. Meditating more recently due to recently being diagnosed with breast cancer. Prayers and meditation is helping connect me to God and the universe. These practices remind me that I belong to a greater good and love. We are all one. Thanks again.

    Comment by Anna Marie | November 19, 2015 | Reply


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