Ok, so what comes next?

Entropy is a bitch. Make friends with it.

 

Don’t let anyone tell you that they know what happens after your bodily processes cease to function. No one really knows, but some who have “passed through the veil” and returned, have seen a glimpse.

 

Some see God, some see deceased relatives welcoming them to heaven. Then some see a dark place, a place of rest…oblivion. Those people’s stories are what I am interested in. Why is their experience with death so different than the souls that see God and heaven? I have a theory; the individuals that find that place of oblivion are at peace with death. They know that everyone and everything is subject to entropy.

 

Entropy, it is not just a destroyer but a recycler or sorts. Entropy is an “inevitable truth” of things. There is more to the story as you will see. Entropy works along the opposite line as well. Death, Destruction, the passage of time, an instrument of Entropy/Life, growth, development, reproduction, old age (if you are lucky) and Death that gives life to other beings. Trees grow up and take in the nutrients of their fallen ancestors. Yes the circle of Life is driven by Death and Death is driven by Life.

 

Humans are afraid of Death because of its seeming permanence. We spend so much time as a race running from Death, all the while knowing in our hearts no matter what religious or spiritual belief that we may hold dear to us…that Death will outpace us someday and we will submit to the final embrace. Religion is based on the fear of Death. The question is not how we should prepare for Death and the afterlife, but how are you living today?

 

Are you a decent human being? Do you try to help others when you can? Do you take care of your family? Do you show loyalty to your friends and loved ones? Friends that is all that we can do as people. Do the best you can every day and if you can make a difference in someone’s life. Be the superhero for the person that needs it. We are only here for a short time. Examine how you feel about Death. Don’t shy away, talk to Death. Make it your friend and hang out with it. Death isn’t to be feared any more than Life is.

 

Entropy is inevitable, make a peace treaty with it now while you still have a say in at least your part of the relationship. Maybe if you find the reasons you are afraid to die, then you might find a more compelling reason to live a full life.

~JP~

Animals

 

Pogo 8.17.2010

 

Many of us profess that the system we have is a mess.
What do we do about it though? Some would say it is just a show.
Animals by the millions slaughtered each year. So, so many die in fear.

Eating those beings that we say we care about, killing them to feed our mouths.
Animals feel fear and pain just like we do, but a blind eye is turned at the table.
Feeding our children the anguish and terror of these animals telling them it is all a fable.

I speak today for the animals, the ones that are eaten and those ignored and neglected.
My heart speaks to your heart, please stop eating others, they need our protection not exploitation.
It is our job as humans…protection.

Would you eat your dog? Or cat? Does it break your heart to even think that?
Pigs, chickens, cows and the like. They are no different than your family pet.
Take a chance, make a bet. That you will stop today. Stop killing and eating animals!

Look into the eyes of any animal and what do you feel? Indifference, respect, love?
We are part of a the web of life, not at the top of the heap because humans will one day sow what they reap.
Take a stand, eat a vegetable, root or fruit. They will keep you alive and well…

By not sending another animal through hell.
JP ~ December 2015.

You are your pain

This morning as I went about my routine it occurred to me that my aches and pains were part of me. In America and the western world we have been taught through repetition of the media, doctors, parents and teachers to “find the quick fix.” The usually means taking a pill and treating the symptom rather than the problem.

In modern parlance it is now called a “hack” or a “life hack.”  The problem is that it has developed from a way to shortcut a process to save time and energy, to becoming a way to give away our power and responsibility for our own lives. The process of living, even if it is in pain, is to understand ourselves first and others as we learn.

There is no shortcut to life, it must be lived and felt; even if it is painful. It is in our nature to feel pain. We are corporeal beings and along with the pleasing feelings of joy, love, and exhilaration we must and will feel pain in order to grow. I recently asked my mother when she was complaining about her painful knees to me if she had ever asked her pain why it was here. The bewilderment and astonishment on her face was interesting. The thought to look into her own mind and ask her self questions never occurred to her.

How many of us do this without thinking about the separateness that we impose on ourselves with outdated thinking? We are our pain just as much as we are our joy. There is no separateness. Not in ourselves, not with others, not in the Universe as a whole. The thoughts of separateness are in our mind. The divisions of race, religion, politics, are an outdated version of “reality” that are no longer serving the human race or the Earth.

Don’t run from your pain, feel it, ask it questions and then listen to the answers and heal yourself first, then others, then the Earth that we all live in. Reach out with your feelings and be brave enough to set aside your preconceptions and world view. Open your mind to the process, the journey if you will.

Being in pain is not unique, it is a right of passage. That being said, pain does not have to be crippling if we remember that the life we are all living is a process from birth to death, and our job is to learn from all the aspects of being human.

The next time you feel pain before running to the medicine cabinet to “treat the symptom”, take a moment and sit with your discomfort. Ask yourself, what is my pain trying to tell me. To rest, to move, to stretch? Only you can know the answer your body gives you. It is a message that is for you, from you.

As I heard on the Rich Roll podcast recently, “The process, is the process, is the process.”

JP

Nature’s Balance

As I have recently written I have lost of friend of mine to death far too early. Nature has a way of balancing the scales thought. As I write this I am sitting in the other room from my daughter’s baby shower. The ladies attending are playing the typical games that you might expect and having a good time. Not really a place for a guy to be, so I write…

As I see it one life is gone and another one comes into the world and their is balance. I hope that my granddaughter has a long and happy life. There is so much sorrow in the world as there really always has been but look, balance again, there is also joy.

Balance of opposites is everywhere if you just open your eyes and look for it. The seasons, light and dark, death and life to name but a few of the obvious examples. Life will go on no matter who is here to observe. Life is one of the strongest forces in the Universe, life is everywhere and it wears many faces some fierce and some gentle.

I can’t wait to see the gentle little face of my granddaughter and welcome her to the world. I have not even met her yet and even now I feel a connection to her. It is strange I did not feel that way about my own children, that feeling had to develop over time.

Life is still a mysterious and wonderful thing as it has always been. I miss my friend and hope  that he finds peace wherever he has ended up, that however I leave to your own belief system and way of thinking.

 

The balance of the scales goes on with no regard for our thoughts, beliefs or desires and that is as it should be. No one can or should tip the scales of life and death.

 

Be Well!

 

JP.