Sunday, December 30, 2007


(View outside my window now, but picture provided by NPS.gov)

END OF DESIRE

I'm still turning over the idea that peace comes at the end of desire, yet we are to ask for what we want. Here are my latest ramblings/musings/ahas:

I still think peace comes at the end of control. Period. But some of what we are trying to control comes in different shapes and sizes and masquerades as the needs for:

Restitution

Retaliation

Revenge

Justice

Enough

I'd love to hear your thoughts, especially if you disagree! Bring 'em on!

love.

9 comments:

riversgrace said...

I think peace comes when we can be totally present with what is. Whatever is....pain, pleasure, suffering, joy....no separation, just being with. Total presence is at once and altogether an ultimate form of detachment. It has to be both at once or else there is still separation, resistance, this and that, other.

If we wait for a certain 'condition' then we still believe there is someplace to get to, something to leave and something to attain. What if peace is right now, right here, in the middle of the very thing we experience?

Barry Lopez said...

How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in one's culture but within oneself? If there is a stage at which an individual life becomes truly adult, it must be when one grasps the irony in its unfolding and accepts responsibility for a life lived in the midst of such paradox. One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once life would collapse. There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light.

Anonymous said...

Thank you riversgrace..."be totally present with what is" I love that! and would also like to add that faith and a very personal, very deep relationship in a higher power is also required for true peace.

Michelle O'Neil said...

I think we all need to stop trying so hard.

It's all over in the blink of an eye anyway.

More dancing. Less thinking.

Love.

riversgrace said...

Yes, thank you, anon. 'faith and a very personal, very deep relationship in a higher power is also required for true peace.'

At a loss with that at the moment...

La La said...

I'm with Michelle. I try way too hard, and I'm tired of it. I definitely need some peace after what my mom pulled during the Christmas break. Maybe peace comes with deciding to no longer talk to toxic people, even if (especially if) they are our mothers.

If you figure it out, let me know. In the meantime, I'm back in LA and I'm going to DANCE in the NEW YEAR!

lance said...

Love your blog. Maybe we can exchange links. Happy new year fellow blogger.
God bless,
Lance
www.lancessoulsearching.com
jgargus2@comcast.net

Lola said...

I think peace and control don't go together very well. At times i like to control as it 'seems' safe. But is it peaceful? Probably not. For me, part of finding and experiencing peace is to 'enjoy the process.' I am working on that big time.
On another tangent...I often think that dealing with an issue will bring peace but often it brings closure without the peace and that proves to be unsettling. This is because there is a part of me and a part of many of us (especially women) that want to please. But we can't always please nor should we (especially at the cost of our own peace). I think that sometimes the peace doesn't come with the closure as there is another individual involved who is coming from another angle. Everyone comes with their own agendas and baggage and we are all triggered by different things. I struggle with trying to 'be' and live more authentic without hurting others. It is difficult at times.
Love your thought provoking post C.
:)LO

Ziji Wangmo said...

Control is an illusion. Peace comes when we surrender the desire for control and accept life as it is.
This is what I believe - however, I am a control freak, so I'm constantly having to remind myself of this -
go with the flow
take life as it comes
you get the idea
xo