Wanting to become enlightened — to be in nirvana or satori or whatever it is — is a form of avaricious behavior that depends upon thought and psychological time. Desire and thought create psychological time. This time is always limited and based upon the past. (We are referring to psychological time, not necessary physical/chronological time, here.) In (and “as”) a person (often), there is a gulf (i.e., a chasm) — psychologically — between what one is and what one wants to become. Most of us do not mind such a gulf/chasm to exist psychologically; we were brought up and educated (or miseducated) to accept such a gulf fundamentally. We don’t see anything wrong with it. We don’t (ever) question it.
Additionally, there is often a tremendous gulf or chasm between “what one considers oneself to be” and “other people” or “other organisms.” Many people look with separation and see “their race” as better, “their culture” as better, “their family” as better, “their species” as far better, and “their being” as much better. Others are “at a distance” and they are separated from “oneself” by a gulf (a chasm), much like the chasm mentioned in the aforementioned paragraph.
You know, it is so easy to be duped. It is so easy to be deceived and defrauded to think that one is rich in the things of life. Fragmentation and psychological time are one hell of an illusion (wholly grasped by restricted minds). Be careful and attentive.
[Note: My wife, Marla, is doing better following her recent shoulder surgery; she, however, will still require further surgery on that shoulder.]
Welcome back. And good healing to your wife (and you as caregiver).
Thanks much, Lou! I’m so glad that the Picc line antibiotic regimen is over; i was getting tired at “playing doctor”! 🙂
glad to see you back, Tom! Nice shot!
Thanks much, Michael! My camera wasn’t destroyed by the cold! 🙂
I’ve been thinking of you, and wondering how Marla is doing. It was good to find your post this morning, and that beautiful image of the snow.
Thanks much, Linda! 🙂 Next, Marla needs to get a biopsy and, if things look good, she can get a permanent shoulder replacement.
Thank you, CC! My camera had dust on it! 🙂
Have missed your posts and so glad you’re back! Sending healing thoughts and strength to you and Marla.
Thanks much, MP! 🙂 Marla needs to get a biopsy soon and, if things look good, she can get a permanent shoulder replacement.
Have very much missed your incisive thoughts, glad to have this one, and yes, let us always be careful and attentive.
Thanks much, Paul! Maybe my thoughts are as incisive as a butter-knife! 🙂
Lol, a hot one then! 🙂
Welcome back. Best to you and Maria.
Thank you! 🙂 Marla has to get a biopsy next… and then, hopefully, permanent shoulder surgery.
You have been missed, Tom. Glad to hear Marla is making progress.
Yes, Sandy, thank you! 🙂 Marla gets a biopsy soon and then, if things look good, permanent shoulder surgery.
Nice to see you back Tom! I’m glad to hear your wife is doing well! Lovely photo.
Thanks much, Belinda! 🙂 She gets a biopsy next, then permanent shoulder surgery.
Good to see you Tom. Now I have to use my brain again, reading your posts! 🙂
I’m very glad that Marla is healing, but I’m sure it must be painful and a long process. I wish her well.
I love your ice crystals photo – it is very hot here right now.
Get those cranial gears going again, Scifi! 🙂 Biopsy next for her, then permanent shoulder surgery.
haha Will do Tom 🙂
And I hope Marla’s shoulder continues to heal.
I am glad to see a post of yours in the Reader again, and happy to hear Marla is better, wishing you both well! And what an amazing photo! I hope to take such a photo one day too. 🙂
Thanks much, Nicole. 🙂 She will have to have a biopsy soon, then the permanent shoulder surgery comes.
Welcome Back, Carter!!! LOL Glad the both of you are doing well. Cheers! 🙂
Yes, thank you, Kym! 🙂 We will continue going to the doctors and then permanent shoulder surgery will likely happen soon.
Wonderful Tom 🙂 Be well.
You were very much missed, Tom. So glad to see you back, and with this amazing photo and thought. Best to you and Marla – you have been through a lot, and sounds like more to come. Hopefully, the next steps do the trick, and life can settle down a bit for you. Sending healthy, happy thoughts! 🙂
Much appreciated! 🙂 Marla is quite a trooper! She goes through a lot. Hopefully, things will continue to improve!
Glad to see you back Tom. Your snow crystals are beautiful, so delicate and no doubt from your backyard. Happy to hear that Marla is on the mend — you both need a respite from her two medical issues in 2018 and another one scheduled down the road.
Thank you, Linda, and yes, the snow crystals were in the backyard. 🙂 Yes, so glad that things are getting better for her; i sure hope that that continues!
I think we’ve had more ice crystals than snow crystals this Winter unfortunately and there is another bout of freezing rain coming this Wednesday. I hope Marla continues to make progress with her recovery.
Welcome back Tom, good to hear Marla is improving.
Thank you, George! Much appreciated! 🙂
Welcome back and you have been missed (your beautiful photos and words have also been missed)!🙂 Wonderful to read that Marla is doing better and I hope she continues to heal and gather strength before the next surgery.
Thanks much, CI! 🙂 Yes, i sure hope that things continue to improve for her.
Quite cold and windy out there with snow on the way tomorrow here; we sure hope the outdoor creatures do well.
Beautiful capture, Tom! Very glad to see you back and I hope you wife continues to heal well and improve.
Thanks very much, Donna! 🙂 Yes, i sure hope so too…
love your expression in words and pictures. indeed very mindful. Happy to share that i wrote my first post on mindfulness today https://sunniesmybunnies.wordpress.com/2019/02/23/how-we-transformed-a-normal-morning-to-a-mindful-morning/. Do find time and leave your thoughts for me. So happy for you wife, wish her a speedy recovery.