Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Creature of Earth
Almost every bit of snow has melted, at last!
Who among us hasn't longed, at one time or another, for transcendance? After all, the body is, among other things, a royal pain in the ass. It must be fed and cleaned, shaved, trimmed, brushed, dressed and undressed every single day. The body has needs, oh yeah.
The body also has desires, strong ones. The body wants to touch and be touched, it wants sex, sleep, vigorous exercise in order to get an endorphin rush. Also: a nice hot bath, rich food and liquor and coffee. And sleep, of course. I could go on and on about the aches and pains, the small colds and devastating diseases that are also a part of incarnation. Or I could talk about aging, the most humbling experience, believe me! I don't have to do that, though - do I?
The mind, on the other hand, seeks beauty, music, knowledge and wisdom. The brain, according to the Chinese, is a "curious" organ. It sure is. The mind likes working out puzzles and mysteries, finding the right word on the right occasion. The mind loves to philosophize and wonder, the mind loves learning. And, too, the mind is extremely judgmental about the needs and desires of the body. At least mine is!
One really interesting thing about the mind is that it does not age. Those of us who are getting older really do feel a shock when we look into the mirror. The aging face does not match (for most of us) the inner sense of youthfulness that is a key aspect of the mind.
Though I'm often impatient with it, my body is the space ship that's taking me on this voyage through life. I honor and respect it, well, most of the time. Yesterday in order to get back from the outer reaches of the solar system back into my body, I skipped having a drink with my friend and instead had a latte. I listened extensively to the blues (thank you Hammer for the suggestion, and thanks, too, to John Hayes for posting all those cool train blues videos on your blog). I cleaned my room, did my laundry, and cooked a dinner centered around all natural, grass-fed steak. I avoided gazing at my star charts, kept my eye on the landscape instead of the sky.
It worked! I feel back in my body today. Woooo-hooo. Now - back to the stars! Oh yeah.
The Chesapeake Bay. Isn't it magnificent?