“Spirituality is… unlearning all the rubbish they taught you.” – Anthony De Mello, Awakening
I’ve pondered this De Mello quote since I read Awakening last year. Admittedly I was late the game with De Mello as with many other writers, but then again, I don’t believe there are prizes for learning everything before a certain time in your life. More to the point, we don’t really know much of anything until we live. When you’ve lived words resonate differently. Life lessons are a self-paced game, and I’m slowly climbing like the rest of the world. I’ve become much more patient with some things people say and do, and much less tolerant with other things. But I recognize the stoic challenges thrown out at me either way; choose how you react to the world for it’s the only thing we really control. I can’t control what someone says or does, but I can control how I react to it. Find the truth in all things, starting with ourselves.
“Whatever happens to you has been waiting to happen since the beginning of time. The twining strands of fate wove both of them together: your own existence and the things that happen to you.” – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
Reading Meditations was one of the more impactful things I’ve done over the last decade. It’s a quick read if you want it to be, or a lifetime read if you let it be. I chose the latter. As with every writer I refer to here, the lessons mean more when you’ve taken a few hits in life. We’ve all been entwined in the strands of fate in 2020. We were quite literally born to live in this moment. So how will we react to it? Rise to the moment or crawl into the fetal position of self-pity or the life atrophy of absorbing the same inane rubbish they taught you over and over? An open mind and a strong desire for the truth in this moment and in life. What will you do with your time? What has fate woven you into, and how will you react to it? Worthy questions to ponder. And I do ponder… and hope to act appropriately in this time.