Love, Lust & Enlightenment
What do you love, right now, about being alive?
Take out a pen or a pencil and write down four things that you love about this crazy mess called life.
And now, write down four things that you desire right now.
These can be something that you already have in your life: like my desire for my wife, that will have to wait till tonight. Or, if you don’t have a hot relationship, it could be a desire for a hot love. Or a desire for ANY love.
Or it could be a desire for better health.
Or it could be a desire to earn more money.
This is life. Giving THANKS to the creator, the universe, this wonderful life.
And, asking PLEASE: could I have more.
Not greed, though a little happy greed isn’t the worst thing in the world, but a spark of wanting to do what the universe does: expand.
As our buddy Bob Dylan says: She or he not busy being born, is busy dying.
This is a book for those who want to keep being born, and born and born. Who want to expand and expand and expand.
And all are welcome, sinners and saints, losers and winners, this is for all those who want more love, no matter how great the love is in their life, and if you have recently had a divorce ( or not so recently…. the aftereffects can seem to go on FOREVER) or have lost a spouse to death, or have been alone for a long, long time, you can feel acutely a wish for love.
And love is waiting for you.
Soon or down the road. Two months, six months, a year, two years. Life is waiting for you and right now, in this very minute you can be happy.
No. The people that tell you to wait around to be happy are crazy.
The voices that yap away at you in your head and tell you that you don’t get to be happy until you have the right job, or physic, or mate, or living location, or amount of money, they are crazy.
And yes, you do have to like being in your body. You have to be at least a little bit healthy and guess what are two of the best ways to be healthy.
One : Breathe more and deeper.
So, this is the enlightenment part.
But not the serious closed eye, lotus position in a dark room, hush hush breathing, though that’s okay if it’s your cup of tea.
But right now.
Take a deep breath.
All the way down to your belly.
Push out your lower belly. Suck the air in with your diaphragm as if you are pushing out your belly to let air in. Or course, it goes, the air does, into your lungs, but the belly out expands the diaphragm expands the lungs expands the air coming in.
He or she not busy expanding is busy contracting.
Breathe in deeply, again, suck it in and have a smile on your face. Either you are happy about something, or you aren’t and put on that smile and let the air out and try to think of one thing that, RIGHT NOW, you enjoy about being alive.
In this moment. This chair. These arms. This music if you are hearing anything. This sky, if you can see it, or leaves. Or the color of your shirt. Or the feel of your hands. Or the feel of your feet on the floor.
Keep sucking that air into your expanding belly and keep smiling and keep wondering what the next part of your life, RIGHT NOW, you’ll admit to enjoying.
You can be dying of cancer and if you can’t find something to love right this instant your healing powers are going to be a tenth as much.
You can be tired as hell and breathing deeply can either send you into a sweet sleep, or give you the little lift to revive you for something you want to do next.
What do you want to do next?
Back to lust/ desire.
What are four things you really want to expand and improve in your life.
Make one of them about RELATIONSHIP. Better talk, better connection, more fun, reconciliation, forgiveness, happiness with you and so and so.
Make one of them about your HEALTH. You want to be stronger, or less sick, or run again, or stop having pain in your back, or you want to start dancing again, or you want to sleep better.
Who cares what it is, as long as you want something.
And that’s two.
You want something better in some relationship.
You want something better in your health.
And two more:
You want something better in your WORK WORLD. More money, or an easier job, or a more challenging and fun job, or great people to work with, or a whole new field that is hugely gratifying to you.
You want some sort of HIGHER CONNECTION, with God, with the Universe, with the present, with Nature, with Silence, with Peace. Your spirit/ soul/ real self wants to expand.
And that’s you, full of desire.
And breathing deeply.
You haven’t forgotten the smile each and every deep breath have you?
And now, back to gratitude.
What do you love and like about life RIGHT NOW?
What are you grateful for, RIGHT NOW?
What do you appreciate, RIGHT NOW?
WRITE THIS SHIT DOWN.
Have two books, if not right now, before the next chapter.
And now, keep breathing deeply and smiling and go take a little walk. Outside if at all possible. Look high up into the sky. Look at the blue. Look at the green leaves if you have some. Feel your feet on the ground.
Breathe. Smile. Breathe. Smile. Breathe deeply. Smile deeply. Yes!