The Meaning of Life–Who Cares?

 

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According to the ancient Yoga sages

Questioning the meaning of life

While living

Is like questioning the meaning of a roller coaster

In the middle of a roller coaster ride

 

Or like questioning the meaning of love

In the middle of lovemaking.

 

Who cares when something is so amazing?

 

The amazement IS the meaning.

The amazement IS the ultimate reality.

The amazement IS the life-force of the universe

All around us and within us

Far beyond our ability

To absorb or comprehend.

 

The amazement IS what some call God

And the ancient sages called Brahman.

 

In the midst of the ups and downs

Of life and love

Just relax, breathe deeply 

And experience the infinite thrill

of the amazing ride.

~ by Bob Weisenberg on October 27, 2009.

8 Responses to “The Meaning of Life–Who Cares?”

  1. Hi there – I love this. I absolutely agree that the experience is the meaning. But so often we put off experiences in anticipation of some future meaning that we believe we have to seek or find.

  2. Patty, thanks for your comment. I agree with you. See the opening story in #3 The Present Moment at the top of menu on the right.

  3. I have different layers of reaction to this poem — the deepest undercurrent in it reflects well the Taoist concepts of Tao and Te, but such a mix of metaphors jumbled on top of it — yogis on roller coasters, for example, makes me laugh out loud (candidly rendering me the least sophisticated hearer of Taoist concepts according to Lao Tzu, eh? — even more laughter)

    I have to admit, too, that I like looking deeply at the details of the amazing ride — questioning the how and the why of this existence. Lovemaking takes all sorts of forms — not merely intoxicated, fervent, foolish-to-interrupt intensity, right?

    My inuition is the trick is balancing this curiosity with being ok in the stillness of this very moment, relaxing into what is, the now. This kind of exploration has the potential to take physical form, and yoga is as good a name as any for it. And yoga, truly, is amazing.

    Thanks for stretching my brain. Let me know if you write again.

  4. Kim, thanks so much for sharing your multi-layered reactions.

    I have to admit, it’s kind of exhilarating to me as the author to have a reader feel the same variety of things I felt when I wrote it.

    I agree with all your deep and sensitive anlysis.

  5. Boy I really wish I had read this right after meditating this weekend. I might have saved myself some writing!
    Why question, and why not just live with acceptance?!
    I like it, Bob. I like it a lot!

  6. Thanks, Megan. I’m so glad you liked it.

  7. Brilliant! Thank you.

  8. Kevin, thanks so much. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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