I think a lot.
I meditate on life and spend many hours in silence both clearing my mind and questioning things. I may be wrong, but I believe I think very differently about life to a lot of the people I know.
Why do I think that?
Because the things I find interesting and the things that fascinate me just seem to kind of freak people out when I start to talk about them.
So most of the time I don’t. I just join in with ‘normal’ conversation and go back to my ‘weird’ thinking when I am alone.
One of the thoughts I often have is I wonder if anyone else has noticed that we are surrounded by magic that we simply do not and will never understand.
Let me try and explain what I mean.
Just for a moment, imagine that “God” in the Christian senses of the word, realized how badly he had fucked up by allowing Donald Trump to take over the world that he decided to come down and re-establish himself.
So one day, we are all going about our daily business when all of a sudden, a huge white light appears in the sky and a big deep voice of a man calling himself God booms down from the heavens. A flurry of angels appear and lo and behold, the Big ‘G’ himself floats down to earth with harps playing, angels singing and probably a full orchestra. (Well, he hasn’t been around much the last 2,000 years…he’s gotta make a good impression).
“Wow!” the human race would think! “Isn’t that amazing!”
We would all be in a complete state of shock, our minds would be blown away! We would probably all bow down and rejoice and everyone would completely change their way of thinking…for a while anyway.
It would be all over the news and the entire world would change the way they thought. People would rush around and try and get selfies with an angel or even better, with the big ‘G’ himself. Instagram and Facebook would be full of people taking photos of themselves praying to show all their friends and family how ‘holy’ they were. God would be the new ‘cool’ thing… and we’ve all got to look ‘cool’ on social media.
But you know what, after a few weeks, I reckon people would just get bored with the spectacle and go back to their old routines again.
You see, at first, it would be something new and exciting. Seeing God and his angels hanging around would just become the norm. Our minds would have got used to it and it wouldn’t be such a big deal anymore.
Now you’re probably wondering why the hell I have started off a blog post like this today and wondering what goes on in my brain when I am meditating.
Well, it’s this;
We all live in the most incredible, amazing universe where we have no idea what we are, who we are or why we are here and we are surrounded by the most miraculous of miracles each and every day.
In Eastern religions, the whole concept of life is called “God”, but we are so used to seeing it and being it that we completely overlook how miraculous the whole thing is. In other words, we cannot see the wood because of the trees.
Everywhere around us, there is something we call ‘life’. Things just appear from nothing. They hang around for a bit and then they disappear into ‘nothing’. Every single thing that you see and have ever seen always goes through this cycle. We don’t know what caused this thing that we refer to as ‘life’ and we have no idea what the ‘nothing’ is from where it came or what it disappears into.
We don’t even know what we are. We don’t know what or if a part of us existed before we were given this body. We don’t know why this body was chosen for us. We could have been born into the body of an ant, an amoeba or an aardvark, but our consciousness (whatever the fuck that is), ended up in this body.
And exactly what is this body?
We don’t even know what that is. We call it a name, ‘John’, ‘Peter’, ‘Julie’ or whatever, but that is just a sound and gives us a false impression that we own it and it is one thing. One solid object surrounded by skin and separate from the other things around us that we see.
It isn’t one thing. It is 30 trillion little things that we name as ‘cells’, which all contain their own life and somehow, know how to work together to make this big thing, that we call ‘I’, work.
In fact, we don’t control any of this thing we call ‘me’ or ‘I’ at all. We don’t have to concentrate on breathing, the body just breathes. We don’t force our heart to beat, it just beats. We don’t actively make our body digest the food we put in our mouths, it just does it all by itself.
Most of the time we don’t even control our thoughts. Our minds are usually on autopilot, so we don’t have to think either. Everything is done for us.
Everything around us is a fascinating miracle, but we are so ‘in our heads’ and so ‘stuck in the internet world’ that we have forgotten to stop and realise how amazing life is!
Science cannot explain it! All science does is put words to things, which completely strips away the miraculousness of things by pretending that the mystery is solved.
“That’s a tree”, says the scientist.
“Oh well”, says human, “that’s that explained then”.
It’s not explained at all. How did it come to be there? What makes it a tree and not a flower? What gave the tree ‘life’ in the first place? How did a seed, mud, water and rays from a gigantic ball of fire millions of miles away create that huge bloody thing standing 100 foot tall? That’s a miracle.
But rather than thinking of these sort of things, we spend most of our lives thinking about the most mundane rubbish.
When is the next I phone out?
Where shall I take my next holiday?
How many people liked my photo on Instagram?
What new box set can I next watch on Netflix?
When I stop to reflect on the miracle of life around me, I notice a lot of things that I think are important suddenly disappear into a puff of insignificance. I have come to many conclusions thinking in this way:
1) Nothing in this world is important, NOTHING. So don’t sweat the small stuff.
2) Everything in time will come and go, so don’t try and hold on to anything. Accept that all you have today and all you hold dear to you will one day pass away.
3) Appreciate the times you spend with your loved ones and make those moments special. Reflect that those moments will one day be nothing more than a memory.
4) Nothing in this world can ever be explained, so don’t spend too much time trying to figure it out.
5) Don’t work hard. There is not much you really need to do. When the work is done, put down your tools, sit back and relax.
6) You are a miracle and so is everyone on this planet. Therefore, you have nothing to prove to anyone, so don’t bother trying.
7) You are a part of everything. Nothing is separate. Therefore treat everything around you with love and respect…or it will come back and bite you on the arse!
8) Rather than seeking a meaning to life, figure out what makes you happy and just keep doing it. As long as it doesn’t hurt others, can you think of a better way to spend your time on this planet?
9) Stop and reflect on the miracle of everything at least for a few minutes every day. Only then will you really appreciate who you are and how lucky you are to have this body at this moment.
10) There is no 10, but 10 always seems to be a good number to finish on.