Tuesday, November 2, 2010

You've Never Seen Everything

You know the old saying - "been there, done that"? 

No, you haven't.  None of us have. 

In the past few years, I have "discovered"  the Buddhist law of impermanence.  It is one of the core energies of the universe...everything always changes.  I may have gone to Niagra Falls years ago, but guess what...today everything is different.  Me, the water, the people, the configuration of the clouds, the quality of the air, the thoughts I am thinking and the emotions I am feeling. 

At this very moment, I am entirely different atomic construct than I was one year ago.  Hell, than I was yesterday.

Take a breath.  Inhale.  Exhale.

In the moment that it took you to engage in that simple activity…or to have read these words…everything changed.  Everything.  Several million of your cells split, and split again.  Millions died in the process, and millions more – entirely new organic entities – were born. 

On the subatomic level, billions and billions of quarks, muons, nuons, and other quantum particles fluctuated, changed energy emanations, structure and orientation.  As a result, millions and millions of electrons, protons, and neutrons changed shape, speed of momentum, and alignment.  Chemical processes – motivated by all this quantum, atomic and cellular shift – also took place, altering your organic chemistry, your health, and your lifespan.

In your brain, thousands of neural pathways were created and thousands more ceased to exist.  You may have recognized it as part of the imaginary, unseen but still noticed mental activity taking place behind your vision as you observed and interacted with the world around you.  Every sound you heard, even the breath that you took, changed the architecture of your brain’s information processing hardware. 

So, in the amount of time you have taken to read this blog...you became a different person.  YOU (as you exist right now) have never seen everything.  In fact, at any given moment, you have NEVER seen ANYTHING.  Everything is new.  At every moment.  

Wow and gulp!  That is amazing news for people who love adventure, and scary news for people who need control.  But...it can be good news for anybody because - since we are changing every second, and the universe is changing along with us -  while I may have been a control freak this morning, I can become an adventurer by drive time this afternoon.

It helps me not to judge any situation, relationship, or experience with "been there, done that."  The universe, and every living (and non-living) thing in it, is capable of infinite surprise.

You've never seen everything.  You've never seen anything.  Welcome to the new world, and the new you.


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