This life that we live is never boring. It is when one is asleep or as we pretend to be asleep! There are so many things to experience, to ponder on, be thankful for and to express. I have recently met and visited a home care and have observed the plight of old folks. I see that some are happy and satisfied and most are grumpy, grouchy and often endlessly compalining. As these observations hang over my head, my time has also been spent going over a some good reading materials that have spoken to my heart and have left it's valuable imprints. I noted the following :
1)The ultimate quest and satisfaction of man is to be devoted in loving God. ("Man's Eternal Quest" by Paramahansa Yogananda) And at the same time to live happily with what is at the moment and infront of us, no matter what, thinking that "there is always a blessing that comes with it.'" It is up to each individual to look for the good in anything! To feel good, or better. Nobody else can do this more effectively, lest our joys become dependent on others or things. We possess within us the power that creates Universes, therefore our thoughts and our emotions that can change energies and circumstances. Devotion calls for deep love and gratitude for self and for others..for life.
2) A great part of this deep devotion to life is also to learn and understand this love in connection to our "death" experience.( In reality, there is no such term, actually, for energy never dies.) While it is very good to learn how to embrace Oneness, a big part of it has to be embraced as well-the idea of "Transition". I was told today by an Administrator in a Home Care facility, that one of the reasons why most of the old folks seem gloomy and grouchy is because of an uncertainty and fear of what lies beyond. They are aware that the facility is a last stop of the long journey. My heart went out and wanted so much to tell them about love eternal. I believe that If we all believe that there is no such thing as "death" of the Consciousness," then perhaps, we can be more radiant and in gratitude to life and in death. May we always be reminded that we are eternal beings having a physical experience- We are from the One Source we call God.
May we face with grace, joy and gratitude that innevitably, someday, most of us will be old folks too. Let us be reminded of the glory of experience and of growth. Old age is to be honored always. They are and were the Teachers, the Seers, Sages, Oracles, and Chieftains of the tribe. They can see, for they have decided to hang on longer, that they may continue to learn and to teach to their last breaths. That is love.
Kudos to the old people on planet Earth.