All the trappings are just that: traps.

All the externals are insignificant when faced with Life’s greatest meaning. The only problem is, most of us don’t even get close to glimpsing, let alone actually living in, the true meaning that is at the core.

“Divinity is the core of every person.” The Eternities, Swami Parthasarathy

“The goal of all religions: to discover your true nature. Draw the Divinity out of the matter layers that veil It. The word religion means that which binds one to the origin.”

So the question remains: do you believe the origin is outside of you, distant, unreachable and to be feared? Or something innate in every single being, something deep and profound and which has no recognition nor relevance in material goods or concerns?

And here’s one to ponder: all argument, all anxiety, all fear and all discomfort reside in Attachment.

I can hear you protest. I’m not attached. And of course you try to belive it. But we both know it is fear talking, not the truth walking. We are all attached to something or someone and the simple fact is that we are attached to multiple somethings and someones and those attachments weigh us down, prevent us from breathing.

Not literally.

You breathe in and out all day long, sometimes in quick staccato gasps because of panic or worry or desire. I’m talking about the elongated, purposeful breath, the one that slows you down and energizes you all at once.

We are all guilty of wanting to be first, best, most important, most beautiful. There is something in that list that rings familiar for each and every one of us, but the ultimate truth is that all that is subjective is subject to wither and die while all that is objective can have no impact nor peril on the steps you take, the progress you make.

Have you ever climbed a mountain? It is the perfect metaphor for ascending life’s challenges. My lovely boyfriend Dan sent me an essay recently that likened climbing a mountain to any challenge one faces in life and here’s what I remember from it:

Prepare. Listen to the stories of others who’ve gotten to the summit before you. Get yourself in shape for the climb is always longer than you expect. When you get there, and along the way, stop frequently to appreciate the views. After you’ve done it, tell everyone about it. Share your experience, tell your story. And move on to the next mountain. One is never enough. We each have a job to do.

Life is a series of mountains and if we cower in the shadows, at the base, looking up and wishing we could feel the clear air and inhale the minty sunlight at the top, we will never actually get there. When you are afraid, you stop yourself from truly living.

What are you doing right now? Stop to experience it, to remember it, to appreciate.

And then move on. You’ve got mountains to climb.

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