English Romantic Poet, William Wordsworth, is often quoted:
“The world is too much with us; late and soon, … The World Is Too Much with Us”
You know life is a grind because 200 years later Jackson Browne sang in The Pretender:
“I’m going to rent myself a house
In the shade of the freeway
Gonna pack my lunch in the morning
And go to work each day
And when the evening rolls around
I’ll go on home and lay my body down
And when the morning light comes streaming in
I’ll get up and do it again
We fill our lives with politics, eating, driving around, and purchasing “stuff” we think will make us happy. We put so much emphasis on who and what we are and money is everything . . . Yet, even after a person has “it made” something is missing.
Perhaps in Wallden , Henry David Thoreau, put it best
“the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”
What is It?
Enlightenment is difficult to describe simply because there are no reference points, no language, no words. It’s beyond description. We want it, but we don’t know exactly what “it” is.
Alan Watt’s book This is it posits the idea of realizing that the very life you’re leading, this moment, washing the dishes, mowing the lawn, playing with the kids, being in the garden . . . whatever you’re doing right now. . . This is enlightenment.
This is It is a great read.
In your mind’s eye, right now, you are walking down a dark hallway. You reach out and feel the texture of the walls and you can tell you’re walking on rug on the floor. It’s dark, but up ahead is a tiny light. As you near it, you see there is a skylight. Looking, up the clouds part and light streams into you.
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