Have you ever considered just how incredibly extraordinary the world is?
What happens to us as we grow up, that we lose the wonder? I suppose the answer’s pretty simple – we cease to see the world, and instead just pay attention to our symbols, which are dull and flat and monochromatic.
Here’s a glimpse of what the world looks like through non-dualistic eyes–
We live in a world where water drops fall right out of the sky. In fact, in some parts of the world, the water drifts down as brilliant patterned crystals. Yes, right out of the sky.
We live in a world where a little seed can fall onto the ground, and somehow, that little seed grabs up dirt and water and sunlight, mixes it all together, and makes an entire tree out of it! A tree which, by the way, will then create millions more similar seeds in its life!
We live in a world where a woman can form another living being right inside her womb. Yes, you heard that right. Inside her.
We live in a world where the sky, for goodness sake, is blue. Where the patterns of clouds or the colors of sunset form differently every single day, and will never repeat. Where you can sit across from a person (consider how unlikely a thing a person is), and simply by making a lot of weird sounds with your mouth, you can share thoughts and ideas, and perhaps via those ideas, change the whole adventure we call ‘life’.
Our world is one where waves crash against shores, and the waves never seem to run out. Where little teeny bugs can walk on ceilings and walls. Where there are animals who can fly, and animals who live way down in the darkest depths of water, and where animals build cities and invent Jell-O.
It makes me wonder how anyone could sit down and watch TV for hours, when there is all this incredible stuff going on. How could anyone feel that life was worthless, when with a little change in perspective, they could probably sit in utter amazement at the repetition of their own breath?
Maybe instead of working so hard to make our symbolic life ‘better’, we might find ourselves happier if we just regained our ability to stand amazed at the wonders of this world.
That sounds like a pretty good life goal to me.