"Dost thou love
Then do not squander time;
for that's the stuff life is made
- Benjamin Franklin
"For in Truth it is
Life that gives onto Life
while you, who deem yourself a giver, are but a witness."
Gibran, The Prophet
death in bamboo thickets
death on sandy beaches
and curling waves
when the porpoise joins with a nod
and a flip of
hammerhead shark surfaces,
yawns beneath the boat and disappears..
head three feet in the air
and makes his way past..
killer whale nudging the boat
desert scorpions beneath the groundsheet..
a razorback charging out of the trees..
floating in crystal
blue over tropical reefs,
mysterious kaleidoscope in flesh finned feathers
hanging in blue sky
one with clouds,
one with the dominion of birds
at the edge of the void.
a walk to the edge of the universe,
stare into the void,
returning to Earth
and shared dream
where in some realms
where no Medicine is allowed for the
illusion of madness,
even madmen are held accountable for their
Ronald Douglas Bunston
"The more you learn, the more you realize that
we're just scratching on the surface of life. We don't know the whole story
What is life? No one knows.
Life is aware of itself the moment
it becomes life, that much is certain - and yet it does not know what
it is . Consciousness, as
sensitivity to stimuli, is
undoubtedly aroused to some extent at even the lowest, most undeveloped stages
of life's occurrence; it is impossible to tie the emergence of
consciousness to any particular point in
life's general or individual
history - to link it, for instance, to the
presence of a nervous
animals have no nervous systems, let alone a cerebral cortex, and yet no
one dares deny that they are capable of responding to stimuli. You can
anesthetize life, life itself, not just the special organs capable of the
response that informs life, not just the nerves. You could temporarily suspend
the responses of every speck of living matter, in both the plant and
animal kingdoms, narcotize eggs and sperm with
chloroform, chloral hydrate, or
Consciousness of self is an inherent function of
matter once it is organized as life, and if
that function is enhanced it appears to turn against the organism that strives
to fathom and explain the
very phenomenon that produced
it, a striving of life to comprehend itself, as if nature
were rummaging to find itself in
What is life?
No one knows. No one can pinpoint when life first emerged from
nature. Nothing in the realm of life is
self-actuated, yet life seemed to have actuated
itself. If anything can be said about life, then,
it is this: life's structure is
so highly developed that nothing like
it could occur in the inanimate world. The distance
between an amoeba - a pseudopod - and a vertebrate is minor, insignificant in
comparison to that between the simplest form of life and inorganic
matter, which does not even deserve to be
called dead - because death
is merely the logical negation of life. Between
life and inanimate nature is a yawning
What is life? Life is
warmth, the warmth produced by instability attempting to preserve
form, a fever of
matter that accompanies the ceaseless
dissolution and renewal of protein
molecules, themselves transient in their complex and intricate construction.
Life is the existence of what, in actuality, has no inherent
ability to exist, but only
balances with sweet, painful precariousness
on one point of existence in the midst of
this feverish, interwoven process of decay and repair.
life? Life is not matter, it is not
is something in between the two, a phenomenon borne by
matter, like the
rainbow above a
waterfall, like a
flame. But although it is not
material, life is sensual to the point of lust and revulsion, it is
matter shamelessly sensitive to stimuli
existence in its lewd
form. Life is a secret, sensate stirring in the chaste chill of
space. Life is furtive, lascivious, sordid - nourishment
sucked in and excreted, an exhalation of carbon dioxide and other foul
impurities of a mysterious origin and
nature. Out of overcompensation for its own
instability, yet governed by its own inherent laws
of formation, a bloated concoction of water,
protein, salt, and fats - what we call flesh - ran riot, unfolded; and took shape,
beauty, and yet all the while was the
quintessence of sensuality and desire. This
form and this
beauty are not derived from the
spirit, as in works of
poetry and music, nor derived from some neutral
material both consumed by
spirit and innocently embodying it, as is
the case with the form and
beauty of the visual arts. Rather, they are derived from and
perfected by substances
sexual passion, to
reproduction, by decomposing and composing
organic matter itself, by
-from The Magic
Mountain, Thomas Mann
last 25 years a new understanding of life has emerged at the forefront of
I want to illustrate this new understanding by asking the
age-old question, what is life?
What's the difference between a rock
and a plant, animal, or microorganism? To understand the nature of life, it is
not enough to understand DNA, proteins, and the other molecular structures that
are the building blocks of living organisms, because these structures also
exist in dead organisms, for example, in a dead piece of wood or bone.
The difference between a living organism and a dead organism lies in
the basic process of life in what sages and poets throughout the ages
have called the "breath of life."
In modern scientific language, this
process of life is called "metabolism." It is the ceaseless flow of energy and
matter through a network of chemical reactions, which enables a living organism
to continually generate, repair, and perpetuate itself. In other words,
metabolism involves the intake, digestion, and
Metabolism is the central
characteristic of biological life.
But understanding metabolism is not
enough to understand life.
When we study the structures, metabolic
processes, and evolution of the myriads of species on the planet, we notice
that the outstanding characteristic of our biosphere is that it has sustained
life for billions of years.
How does the Earth do that? How does nature
sustain life?" - Fritjof Capra
As we understand that
all life lives on life we
must respect all life. As we must harvest natural resources in order to live we
must remain mindful of current and
future consequences to all human
and other life forms as we harvest and use those natural
This is not only a
moral imperative, but is in our
"It is a state of abundance without
control, a state of creativity and growth
without domination, a state of
ease that yet fosters exquisite mindfulness." - Charles Eisenstein
To live in the
moment is misunderstood by many people.
Living in the moment has been given the
connotation of living irresponsibly.
The fable of the grasshopper and
the ant is an example of the mindset that has been taught -
living in the moment is living
But the fable of the ant and the grasshopper presents
only a dichotomy.
choice exists at the farthest extreme of
diametrically opposed poles.
if we live like the ant we die like the ant. Our carcass is carted off to the
rubbish heap without a second thought.
To live like the grasshopper
today is to sell our future for purchased happiness now. Eventually our credit card bills
catch up with us and, as the purchasing of happiness can only last while there
are funds to be had, our happiness, built on the shopping experience, wanes.
Looked at from this point of view both the grasshopper and the ant,
having taken extreme positions, payed the inevitable price of their extremity.
Is there a middle way? Naturally !
Realize that one must
think to the future, plan and prepare for the future but one must also be able
to enjoy naturally occurring moments in life when the beauty, mystery and awe of living break through
the bounds of the need to plan, prepare and think to the future.
in other words:
STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES!
living in the moment!
tasks our enjoyable then we are living
in the moment.
When our tasks no longer seem like tasks then our
hearts float free and the task morphs into an activity.
This is living in the
Living in the
moment is enjoying the life that is being lived here and now.
Living in the moment is not dependent
on spending money.
Living in the
moment is not dependent on some future event occurring.
Living in the moment is
Living in the
moment is enjoying reality
Living in the
moment is accepting existence
Living in the
moment is enjoying existence
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