Saturday, July 5, 2014

Ain't it Fun Living in the real World!

So what are you gonna do when the world don't orbit around you?
Ain't it fun living in the real world?
Ain't it good being all alone?

Where you're from,
you might be the one who's running things.
Well, you can ring anybody's bell to get what you want.
You see, it's easy to ignore a trouble,
when  you're living in a bubble

Don't go crying to your mama 'cause you're on your own in the real world
(Paramore, Ain't it fun?)

How can they say we live in the best of all world? "Best" from whose perspective? "Best" according to the Way: the so-called "real world" is designed to wake you up and remind you of who you truly are.

If you happen to sleep in but you have an important business day ahead of you, you want someone to give you a wake- up call, right? In the same way, life stands ready to assist you to wake you up from your slumber. When everything is going your way you will hardly aspire to awaken, but if life brings you little trifles, lets you experience little bumps along the way; when life surprises you, when strangers smile at you, you have a shot of stepping outside of yourself at this moment. Everyone  and everything is here to ensure that you are connected with the Way. The "I" as you know it unfortunately has a vested interest in staying asleep. Embrace life and learn to disconnect from the "I" in the process.

How can they say that we are asleep even though we appear to be awake? Well, just observe how people push your buttons all around you. The attractive girl who makes your heart beat faster, the competitor who makes your stomach turn, or the the little baby who brings up fond memories of the time when your children were young. The "I" perceives a continuum of experiences and believes there is only one identity, but this is all fabricated by your mind. Truth of the matter is that we change appearances and sentiments just like a chameleon does in response to our external environment. We are sleepwalker only thinking that we are in charge.

So how can we step out of our robotic life? Well, be aware of what's going on. When things are going your way, monitor how the "I" enjoys being lulled to sleep. Once resistance comes your way, once feeling of pain, regrets or anger pop up, notice how the "I" gets irritated. What a nice opportunity to observe the robot at work! Observe how the "observer" kicks in at this golden moment. Life gives you a wake-up call moment by moment and all you have to do is to let go of the steering wheel. Ain't it fun living in the real world!

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