Thursday, March 30, 2023

Positive drift


I've always been fascinated with the concept of time, and how it plays into my life's journey.

We constrain it into a 24 hour cycle, based on the sun. We move it up and hour, then back an hour.
We pack it into the years, by days-  365 of them.  We are consumed with managing it.

I sang karaoke with a girl, a Stone's song "Time, is on my side" in my twenties,
it was (on my side).  I didn't care about time or place, or anything (well, except her. I dug her.)

Also, wrote a poem "Time is a theif" .  What did that mean?  What is time stealing?

I think it robs you of:  the here and now, the present.   It is this moment that time cannot touch, so it wants you to think about time ago, or into the future.  Time is flummoxed at the idea of the infinite present moment.   It can't mark it, it can't time-box it, it is the exact moment, right now, that if you try and define it with time ... you can't.   A second before now is the past, a second from now is the future.
Dammit, the present confounds and irritates time, really makes it mad that it can't control the present moment.

Time isn't on anyone's side, it just isn't.   Just as a robber doesn't care,
time doesn't care.  It has to do what it has to do, tick-tick-tick.

As we drift through life it is important to stay positive.   We age, we experience the winds of change, constantly.  Any one of those changes can throw us off course, if we let it.

The energy of the universe plays out on our canvas and paints with its rhythmic harmonic tones, a tapestry of beauty and splendor.  The universe doesn't care about time, it has seemingly been around for an infinite time.  Our life and karmic energies, a blip.  Energy is energy.  It can't be created or destroyed (Julius Robert Mayer, 1842, First Law of Thermodynamics)

The universe then channels her energy vibes to us all the time.   They come in unexcpected patterns and ripples but we are beating to the pace of another taskmaster, the clock, to time's second hand.  

It's a ludicrous human orchestra sound.  Crash-cymbal-beat-horn-honk  The universe gives a clean note, we miss it, or keep tapping like a metronome to time; to the seconds.  Often we can't get the balance or rhythm right, the harmonic dis-resonance is in our bodies, we feel off.

Paying attention to our soul, drinking in the energies around us is the only antidote to time.  The ONLY antitode to time.   The only way around marking a life with time is to enjoy this moment. 
When we are syncopated, I think some might call this a flow state, or zone.   Time becomes irrelevent.

As change happens in your life, drift along with it.   Flow.   You'll be a lot happier with the ride.

Live your life like a successive, infinitely strung together, beautiful, present moments. 
Like all of your moments are grains of sand, blown across a dune, or the water molecules holding themselves together flowing down the stream.

Drift positively.

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Love is a verb

Sanskrit has 96 words for "love", from Sneha a maternal love, to Kama - erotic or amorous love, Rati - enjoy or delight in something or someone, to Priya or "darling", often reserved for love a little girls in India and Nepal.

In the English language we have one word: Love.   Love with its several definitions. Websters Dictionary primarily defines it as a noun. A noun?   A person, place or thing.  Hmmmm.

See Webster's def. of Love  

As a noun Love then is defined as:  tender affection, or warm, personal attachment or sexual passion or desire.   That could mean anything from "yummy soup" to "I want to rip your clothes off". Confusing, at best.  So much is left up to the listener to figure out the nuance of your spoken words "I love you".

Such is the English language.

But, I challenge something different- something that can clear the air about Love.   I think love isn't primarily a noun.  It isn't the Webster's limited verb scope usage, either.   I don't think the verb used to conjugate an object and a predicate (as in "Her fans love her") is enough for this powerful word.  I think the definition, is off.  I think it's verb meaning is deeper than that.  Love pun intended.

Love is a verb, but only through its use as an action

The little things, the big things ... the daily things that we as a human species do for our fellow humans.  The efforts we give, the encouragements, the tone and the purpose of those tones (soft and pleasant, or forceful and directed) ... to help others.  I'm often asked why something tastes so good, to wit I proffer "It was cooked with love".

The way in which we do communicate, act, show up, support, encourage, titillate, humor, cook for, watch over, do laundry for, clean, wipe and burp are .... all Love!

The absense of love is the absence of doing for other humans.   Babies who aren't held are shown to be in trauma by many studies.  Trauma !   If we negate "not doing" it becomes doing, which is an action, is therefore a verb. It's simple equation reduction that brings me to this final answer: Love = a verb, but moreso, Love = an act of doing.  

An axiom I have held as true: the opposite of love isn't hate.  No, it isn't.  Hate has its place in the yin-yang of the universe as dark form of love.  Some will gravitate to it, to their own hurt.  Hate is like a fallen angel type of feeling, that shouldn't land on you.   It is best to process through and let go.  You have to care about someone to really hate them.  But why be dark?  Forgive, forget.  Get back to Love.

No, the "not doing", or the opposite of love is indifference.   It is both milquetoast and debilitating, this thing called indifference.   It's the opposite of connection.   When we feel another person's indifference it sends a chill through our heart, it's palpable in reverse.  Why?
Because we want to be acted upon, feel that connection ... we want to be loved.

Taking that apart in- and difference, means not making a difference; So we musn't be indifferent.
As a verb, Love must be shown through action - so make a difference in someone else's life today!   

Do something for someone and you will be defining your verb, your action, your Love.