After by-now-70-plus years of reflecting and meditating – at times even agonizing – about the issue, I have come to the conclusion in my “twilight years” that the vast, vast, vast, vast majority of the time we spend in religious observance / activity consists of an at-times-frantic, gut-busting effort to go where we already are. In fact, an effort to go, not only where we already are, but to go where we cannot not be, simply because there is nowhere – and no-when – else to be. We spin our wheels like a car mired in quicksand. At least, that is where I spent most of the last 55 years or so as a religious believer. Do I, like the Delphic oracle, make myself sufficiently obscure? If so, please allow me to clarify. If that first sentence of the first paragraph sounds nihilistic … well
Enlightenment is as close to you as your own most troubling thought. — Byron Katie What is your most troubling thought? How might it be "enlightened"? ... for Mindful Monday ... Photo credit: "Enlightenment: Cloisters of Dominican church, St. Emilion," PapaPiper, 2011.
Enlightenment is not something you achieve. It is the absence of something. All your life you have been going forward after something, pursuing some goal. Enlightenment is dropping all that. -- Charlotte Joko Beck What are you noticing about your beliefs about "enlightenment"? ... for Mindful Monday Photo credit: "Japanese Tree," Moyan Brenn, 2012.