Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Step out of The Box!

Isn't it interesting how the human mind creates the idea of separation and how that physically manifests within our world as a box? Think about it... our life is full of boxes. Boxes of separation. Boxes of judgement. Physical boxes, emotional boxes, mental boxes, cultural boxes, ideological boxes. The list is long and not so distinguished.

The Box Teaching came to me in a flash of the typical day and here's what I witnessed:  We...

Wake up in a Box = your room / sleeping quarters / bed / sleeping bag / etc.
Live in a Box = house / apartment building / tent / etc.
Think in a Box = habits / judgements / ideologies / etc.
Worship in a Box = religion / religious or spiritual beliefs / etc.
Go to work in a Box = bus / car / helicopter / subway / etc.
Work / Serve in a Box = building / cubical / office / vehicle / etc.
Go home in a Box = bus / car / helicopter / subway / etc.
Come home to a Box = house / apartment / tent / etc.
Stare at a Box = microwave / tv / computer / etc.
Connect through a Box = MacBook Pro* / Skype / Facebook / etc.
Tuck yourself back into a Box = bed / sleeping back / futon / etc.

and all the while...

Addicted to a Hand-held Box - iPhone* / Blackberry / etc.
(huge fan; if it's not an apple, its DOS)

It's time to step outside of the boxes in life that separate us.  Make a human to human connection. Step outside of the box of your vehicle. Ride a bike, take a walk in your neighborhood, say hi to your fellow species passing by. Connect with the people, animals, natural landscapes, the wild nature that surrounds you.

Be present to that which you are unbreakably connected. 

Step outside of your home and welcome a new neighbor or connect with one you've lived next to for years.  Participate in community events that peak your interest. Say hello to the same person you see everyday at the local coffee shop. Challenge yourself to step outside of comfortable and simply connect.

Embrace the exciting potential that awaits you in the world. Don't be a silent witness to life, letting it pass you by while you sit and wait.  Waiting for the next big thing, the winning lottery ticket, the perfect spouse or perfect house.

Be an active and conscious participant in life.

Relinquish the boxes you wear daily.  Slowly undress yourself of this seemingly-protective armor.  Some boxes may appear to be quite heavy, nearly impossible to shed. Some may feel suffocating or restricting. Some may feel comfortable, like a broken-in shoe. You can, and must, transcend the boxes in order to live freely.

Ask yourself:
What boxes do I carry? How do they impact my life? 

Then begin to release the ones that do not serve you. Now does that mean you should get rid of your bed, house, job, car, computer, iPhone, etc? Absolutely not...unless it does not serve you. Release the boxes that cause pain and isolation. They cannot support you, they haven't supported you.

Take the risk and step into the land of Oneness, Wholeness and Unity. Bear witness to the magical mystery called life, a land where all things are possible. Trust others. Serve all. See all as a reflection of your Self. Unite with the Divine Cosmos in ceaseless, perfect action; the very Essence known as God Consciousness.  And lastly, never forget who you really are... "Thou art Divine, live up to it." ~ Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh India

1 comment:

  1. Thanks, I'm posting a comment box here! It's another comment in a box! Thanks for sharing this great article. I ran around the loops 3 miles in Garden of the Gods park~ spirit running! No Box in the park!