I am not a religious person. I have no fear of dying and have no expectations of an afterlife. And as such I seek no guidance along the path I have chosen for myself. I am satisfied in my belief that we were all born out of chaos . As such I advise myself and anyone foolish enough to listen to this fool to live every moment of life as a precious and miraculous anomaly. I read a book a long time ago titled ‘Zen Flesh Zen Bones’. I remember nothing about the contents. But I do appreciate the concept of purity and Zen as an art form is well suited to my lifestyle.
There is no controlling dogma in my Zen world, I am a free spirit. My interpretation of ‘flesh and bones’ as a term is what quantifies the inside and the outside of my existence…..both the corporeal and the spiritual world I inhabit. And yes, one can enjoy a spiritual quality without the strict dogma of religious practice. Your spirit guide is within you, it is your natural wonder, an element of your instinct to survive and perpetuate the species.
It is my absolute belief that love is at the center of the universe. Love evolved for obvious reasons. A forensic analysis and sociopolitical rationale is not necessary to enjoy what nature has given us freely. We should live in a state of wonder, but lets not take it for granted either . If there is a single uplifting miracle that everyone should experience it is the art of love. I count myself among the most fortunate of men to have the love of a beautiful woman. I don’t know what I did to deserve such a bounty, but her love is a blessing I cherish every day .
My love and I have been together for twenty five years and I wouldn’t exchange this for anything…. not for power, fame or gold. Living every day in full appreciation of life is not hard work. It’s not a matter of accepting one thing over another. Zen is an intellectual state of demystifying the mysteries we are born into. How could anything be simpler than committing yourself to love the one you’re with?