17 February 2012

The Earth Under My Feet

Gave my shoes away and walked barefoot. Got to go back to
just being.
I believe in the spiritual healing effects of walking barefoot. I got a chance to prove this when I sent my self into a retreat in Tagaytay. I didn't mind what the heck I might step into, I just trusted the feet. As I walked the rocky pavements, I got reminded of an old metaphor about the Carrot on a Stick. A boy was holding long stick to which a carrot has been tied. He dangled the carrot in front of the donkey but just out of the donkey's reach. As the donkey moved forward to get the carrot, it pulled the cart and the boy, so that the carrot always remained just out of reach as the cart and the boy moved forward.  I guess this sums up what I learned in my retreat: I should stop wanting, like the donkey that followed the carrot, and start being.  Being, of course, is a function of meaning -- the meaning we attach to our lives in accordance with the laws of nature.  I believe that meaning comes first before happiness and not the other way around. Sadly most of the people I know are stuck to this "more is more" philosophy.


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In other news...

I see this everyday in Anonas station. I don't know what it is, but  I think it's interesting. It seems like it wants to communicate with me. Seems like it wants to tell me something. 

6 comments:

Ryan Adik Nga Lambay said...

I think you are right. One should just live in contentment. Because if you won't, then you might just get disappointed. People are ambitious, yes. But we have this special character that other beings do not have. That is TO REALIZE. :)

Rah said...

Thanks for visiting sir. :) Happiness if found in meaning, not meaning is not found in happiness. Just my two cents.

krn said...

Ganda ng paa. :D

Rah said...

@krn footfetish. :p

Superjaid said...

contentment is good but then minsan kailangan din nating maghangad ng mga bagay na out of reach sa atin. mga bagay na mahirap abutin para mas maggrow tayo. leave our comfort zones. kaya dapat balanse lang. =D

gillboard said...

ei rah, i got your jacket here now. let me know how you'd want to get it. :D