Wednesday, April 12, 2006

stability.

stability. the one commodity we all desire. we want steady stable rates of return on our investments, we want stable relationships, we want stable jobs, cars, government, etc.
but stablity means stopping. it means not changing, not moving, breathing, pumping, growing, experiencing, challenging, exploring, encountering, discovering, or anything else in life worth doing.
stability=death.
we are thermodynamic systems. we store energy and information and use these resourses to move and breathe in the world. we destroy ourselves in the process and magically rebuild as we go.
we are made of a million billion cells and we destroy 600 million of those each day we are alive. that`s 10 million a second.
whether we are careful or not.
every moment of our existance is on the edge of regeneration of destroyed matter within us. we are a miniature nuclear bomb going off steadily consuming calories to fuel our existance.
if this stops so do we.
our neurochemical makeup is a chain of chemical reactions, signals in a chain that move through our bodies giving us thrills and chills that we know as life.
when this stops so do we.
though we try so hard to stop the flow of energy through us for so many reasons, if we manage to stop the flow we die.
so why wrestle with it?
let it flow. take heart in the process and become eager to find out where it`s going to lead us...........with humour and a smile, knowing that we`ve never been this way before.
don`t try to stop it even for a moment though.....you know what will happen.

6 comments:

anu said...

Dr Alistair? in the last three classes of aikido which i attended, my sensei told us this:

"do not push against the opponent
you are bound to fall on your back
go with the flow and use his energy
against himself."

And i see this is precisely what you are saying. Maybe it is time for me to learn aikido in life and not just merely in a dojo.

I see there is great power in acceptance as i am not offerring any resistance then.

I will accept and acknowlege all my creations even the ones i never wanted..in doing so, i am not discounting myself i am allowing myself to continue receiving the gifts of the universe..

And my word verification today is "wihthn" and i read it as "within". Probably my innerself is asking me to focus 'within' on myself rather than projecting into the future and focusing on outside sources viz, the dojo, the sensei, the training...

afterall, the Buddha never did have a teacher..

dr.alistair said...

but he recognised just the same.

dr.alistair said...

there is an expression, and i don`t know where it came from but i love it. it goes, "always ride the horse in the direction he`s going in".
if you pay attention you get to sense which way life wants to go and you can ride along too. it`s an incredible ride by the way.

anu said...

Incredible ride! that sounds amazing to me.

So i am going to ride the horse in the direction he's going in. I'll the teachers on Saturday. I'll the admission fees and clothes with me.

If they say no, i'm just going to trust myself on this and get on with my life.

Thank you :-)

Are you tired of my thank yous Dr?

anu said...

Incredible ride! that sounds amazing to me.

So i am going to ride the horse in the direction he's going in. I'll meet the teachers on Saturday. I'll take the admission fees and clothes with me.

If they say no, i'm just going to trust myself on this and get on with my life.

Thank you Dr Alistair:-)

Are you tired of my thank yous Dr?

dr.alistair said...

no, not tired, grateful.