Re: More on, "What Is Life?"
Posted by Scot on 10/23/2010 09:40:13
In reply to Re: More on, "What Is Life?" posted by Eddie on 10/21/2010 13:53:58
Thanks very much for your contribution to the topic on "What Is Life"
and the encouragement you offered today! I appreciate your heartfelt
sentiments about "keeping this beautiful place alive with meaning and
support for one another." I share your feelings and I do have gratitude
that Classroom Talk, just like an old, trusty 'alarm clock', is still
alive and 'ticking'.
It can be a real challenge to translate abstract and theoretical
concepts like self-remembering, mindfulness, and awareness practice
into words that communicate precise meaning. Sometimes, I've found that
nailing down my thoughts and feelings on these topics by writing out an
explanation into text on a page seems like the illusive experience of
watching and chasing a butterfly as it gently bobs and weaves through
the air currents. I almost get within close range of it's physical
presence, then viola', it playfully darts off into an unexpected
direction and floats away. Then, just as unexpectedly, and when
conditions are just right, the butterfly magically reappears and
alights right in the palm of my hand.
I do appreciate and can relate to the very apt description of your
personal experience of writing/typing at your keyboard as the
conscious "Observer" of your actions in real-time in that present
moment. Just like the simile of the unpredictable flight of a
butterfly, the "conditions are just right" for wakefulness when we
avail ourselves to the optimal opportunities for experiencing self-
remembering by 'choosing' to continue to practice awareness.
What better time is there than to choose to practice awareness in this
very moment? Your post suggests that our computer keyboards and the
experience of typing/writing our posts at Classroom Talk may be some of
our most effective and useful 'alarm clocks'!