The Non-Dual Life

I wish I was writing this over a really good glass of Pedro Ximenez sherry or Icewine, but, alas, I just downed a glass of magnesium, so, I guess that will have to do.

I just wanted to emote about being committed to witnessing life as a non-dual experience, as Dr. Dr. Shefali, Suzi Kesler Lula, and others have taught us.

Despite my broken leg, having to be reliant on others (really challenging for me), intermittent discomfort, having to send my children to their grandparents for the foreseeable future, etc., I am so filled with gratitude.

I am grateful for my dogs who follow me around as if they are worried about me. I am so grateful I am still able to hobble around the kitchen and prepare myself nourishing, healing food (I hope no one’s watching, because it’s a bloody circus act). I am so thankful for the handful of kind Uber drivers who have helped me limp down my walkway, lift me up my front step, and who so openly share their own stories of pain and healing.

This to me is the non-duality of life. Yes, life can be painful, confusing, and frustrating, but at the same time there is so much beauty all around us. This is not a Pollyanna perspective; it’s true. If we want to see the beauty, it’s there all the time, even amidst the pain. And actually, is it really pain we’re experiencing? We might process the event or message as such, but, really, it’s just neutral. It’s just an event. 

And further, if we accept that we are always connected to the Divine, this event derived from them sacred universal truth, so it’s only pain or pleasure if we label it as such. 

To acknowledge the non-duality of life is to choose to live with clarity and neutrality. This is the life journey of the observer, student, and the righteous warrior.

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