Die Living, Not Dead

26 03 2008

“And death is possibly the most important thing. We are all walking towards death, but we never know when death will touch us and it is our duty, therefore, to look around us, to be grateful for each minute. But we should also be grateful to death, because it makes us think about the importance of each decision we take, or fail to take; it makes us stop doing anything that keeps us stuck in the category of the “living dead” and, instead, urges us to risk everything, to bet everything on those things we always dreamed of doing, because, whether we like it or not, the angel of death is waiting for us.”– Paulo Coelho

What is life supposed to be? Mere existence or a sum of experiences fully lived? I wonder as we somehow get from living each and every moment to navigating on autopilot through life. When did all of this happen and why? Life is not static, it evolves and changes and sometimes those changes are not welcomed or accepted. Familiarity and comfort is regarded with stability but there comes a time when we may not feel that way anymore. I guess our outlook changes the moment we face death. Dying is such a final state even to those of us who believe in resurrection that it makes us dig deep within ourself. In order to rise to eternal life we must experience death, the same goes when we are to experience a necessary transformation in our life, something has to die inside of us in order to be re-born. We know a transformation is necessary because there is a nagging sense of pain and sorrow within we can’t shake off from our soul. The more we resist it the more it hurts.

These periods of our life have been called many things but my favorite so far is Dark Nights of the Soul, Thomas Moore wrote a book with that title and as I read it I identify to all that I’m feeling at this moment. I don’t agree with everything he writes but the core of the matter is there and I can relate. I was studying St. John of the Cross writings months before I came to this stage in my life and in a way I see it as the prelude to a great transformation of mind and spirit in order to connect fully to what God had in mind for my life.

This is a short passage from Dark Nights of the Soul:

Your dark night is preparing you to be yourself. It is reenacting your birth as a person. It is offering you an alternative to absorption in your manipulative culture.

Your dark night is forcing you to consider alternatives. It is taking you out of the active life of submission to alien goals and purposes. It is offering you your own approach to life. You can sit with it and consider who you are and who you want to be. you can be fortified by it to stand strong in your very existence. You can be born again, not into and ideology that needs your surrender, but into yourself, your uniqueness, your God-given reality, the life destined for you.

The question now is if we are going to let our life to evolve and be transformed or if we are going to continue to hide behind our fears and begin to die inside? It takes courage to move on to an unknown path but it is ultimately a matter of life or death of our own spirit.


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26 03 2008
arthenn

“Mans Heart”

The tree of man continues to grow

His roots, shallow and deep

The sun above him

Shines warm and bright

The ground he walks on

Hardened and barren

The leaves of fall

That of race not color

Scurries with the winds of change

Blown across

The ground

His floor of opinion

Rests in the palm of his hands

Looking into gods majestic painted sky

Rain mixed with tears of sorrow

He reaches into his heart

Grasping hold of his soul

Shaking hands with his lord and savor

Asking for forgiveness

Tears mixed with rain

Nourishing barren ground

That which was cynical

Is renewed with Gods living seed

Walking the crossroads

God wants him to follow

Flowing with milk and honey

Seeing things differently

Preparing himself

for the gates of heaven

Arthur Henn 2008

27 03 2008
George

Hello,

As I read this, a quote comes to mind:
“Love, then do what you will.” -St. Augustine

The love thing opens a whole nother conversation, for now, consider love as “the unfettered expression of one’s soul.”

Take care, and thanks for sharing this 🙂

27 03 2008
Challenger02008

Life is a truley remarkable journey for us if we are willing to learn wat the true meaning of life is. It is this that is truely different for each and everyone of us because life has a way of molding us and making us different in so many ways. Some of us don’t fear death we look forward to it. The real question would be, “Are you content with life on the way out.” Did you live up to the goals and expectations you set for yourself or did you get lost in a man made world where segregation or seperations run rapidly throughout divisions of armed forces, religion, and politics. If these inventions of man or so bold and so truthful and the true way of the light of the country then why are they always consumed by darkness. Unity is the key and that doesn’t always exist in a realm where there is an individual being voted to rule the masses of people. I mean, isn’t that the same concept as slavery. I didn’t start seeing what life in this world truely is until i seen through the flaws of politics, religion, and growing up with two foster parents who retired after serving twenty years in the U. S. Military. Life doesn’t come with people willing to control it comes with one individual be unafraid to live life to the fullest. No one that creates your life wants you to worship he or she……….that kind of contradicts the true meaning of the gift of life wouldn’t ya say. Maybe i’m just a dreamer, i do live like i am a bit anti-social at times but if you take time to block it all out and just think freely, you’ll see that the only thing that truely matters is having the ability to free your mind from it all only to learn how to grasp the true concepts of it all. I don’t know if that will make much sense to you. I just felt like sharing. Fight The Good Fight Always.

6 05 2008
Elaine Williams

Some of us don’t look at our life until we’re forced to, many times because life circumstances have brought us to the literal brick wall. We then have the choice to assess and reassess and do with it what we will in application to our lives.

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