Life in Perspective


Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase “each other” doesn’t make any sense.”

– Rumi

After so much thinking and being hurt I haven’t found a way to open people to see the fragility of our lives. The futility of all mental borders. Futility of shame and pride. All the petty mental sets that destroy happiness. I can’t even ‘help’ my mother come to this field where understanding lies (so we both can live happier?). Let alone all the other people who are stuck in their “I am ……”s and battling constantly to protect their self-made self-concepts. I can’t even point towards another perspective – they don’t look, you see. Because the ‘self’ must be protected at all costs. Seeing the larger perspective is always too threatening to the self – it might be destroyed you know?  Or perhaps you might realize that it was never there before you and society built it. It’s futile, any effort to ‘make’ others see.

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life in perspective, from a mountain top

So here my ‘soul’ lies on this grass, you can come if you want to.

No more effort,

all your bitching only hurts you.

When you are tired come lie down here,

it was always open for you.

 

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8 thoughts on “Life in Perspective

  1. Hmmm…we all want others to see…our point of view…maybe therein lies the problem…maybe we should try to see others’ point of view? What do you think? 🙂

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    1. We should. I try to. And with some people I end up being manipulated because they are so intent on their own only – due to strong beliefs, absolute truths, absolute right and wrong?. Understand and accept endlessly, you get tired sometimes if there’s none from the other side. Do you think there’s a point to stop trying to build a good relationship with another? And just lay down on that grass quietly, for a break at least.

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      1. Hmmm…of course being know-all I am an expert on everything under the sun( you know you are not supposed to take me seriously, right? 🙂 ) but, here’s what I feel…I very strongly feel..that there is a line which divides being empathetic and being manipulated…you have to decide for yourself, where that line needs to be drawn..but drawn it must be, else, you end up getting suffocated…as I always remind myself…it takes two to tango! 🙂 Did that help? 🙂

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      2. yes. Oh Mr know-all where did you get all this wisdom from! Thanks. We tend to expand our patience for people we love and not draw those lines as quickly. I wrote the post at a time when I was tired out. Take care!

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  2. “A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. … The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self. … We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive.” ~ Albert Einstein

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