Saturday, November 22, 2008

How Do You Know You Are Alive?

'When you know who you are; when your mission is clear and you burn with the inner fire of unbreakable will; no cold heart can touch your heart; no deluge can dampen your purpose.  You know that you are alive."  Chief Seattle.

If you wake up every day and do exactly what you did yesterday, is that really living?  If you react to situations in the same manner you always have, without every policing your own mind, is that living?  If today you do not question why you do what you do, or think what you do, are you even conscious?

It is true that the passive and quiet among us rarely make history.  Glory belongs to the heros who dare to use their divine God giving ability to "THINK".  Behaving according to the programming of our past does not require us to think.  We simply have to possess a beating heart.  It is possible to be in a sleep state while awake.  When we do not use our ability to question, to discern and to do things we have never done before, we choose to exist in an unconscious state.

To know what passions fuel us, and to create the feeling of joy in our life, is to appreciate our life and all that our creator has tried to bless us with.  It is our birthright to know a healthy body, a strong mind, and a full heart.  Our passions are as individual to us, as we are to each other.  To take the time to commune in quiet with the workings of our own mind, is to invest in the outcome of our lives.  By knowing who you  are, by connecting to the holy within you, you enrich me, an extension of your own humanity.

The great thinkers of our time did just that; they thought.  Darwin, Aristotle, Buddha and Christ, were masters of their own minds.  They were the men of our time that spent time alone, in conversation with their own thoughts.  They craved aloneness, and feared it not.  Perhaps that is where we need to start, at the beginning, within the crevices of our own unique mind.