We spend much of our lives working to accumulate, we purchase stuff which we are attracted to, and make collections of similar stuff to which we are attracted. We make relationships with friends who either agree with our perspective on life or which challenge us to be better persons, and in many cases friends who don’t challenge us but want us to not change, to stay as we are: stuck, addicted, dependent on stuff and habits.
We share games and distractions together: hockey, football, baseball, soccer, etc.
The glue which binds us culturally and socially is built from beliefs and values which we share, whether true or not; whether constructive or not.
Habits become the basis for daily living and soon the excitement and wonder of nature and of life dissolves and dissipates into clouds and ether, into lost words and memories and broken neural synapses.
We get old, fat, or thin, balding, forgetful, mentally and physically atrophying.
So much for life; friendships; memories; all fleeting, they all pass. They must all fade away. Eventually we all must let go of the stuff, the clutter, the distractions and face our soul, our self, and eternity.
I was witness to my mother’s slow fading away like watching a cloud dissipate leaving a blank sky like a pure blue canvas waiting for a new impression to appear. My mother became a soul trapped within a body unable to express itself through movement, speech or the eyes. She remained a prisoner in her progressively weakening body until the time when the body released its grip on her soul.
All that we have left to take with us to the next encounter is our consciousness. There remains neither optimism or pessimism; neither joy or suffering. The perception of dualism dissolves. What remains is the anticipation of what has yet to come.
All that is temporal dissolves. All that remains is the body dissipating into ash and dust. What is released is the soul, bright, pure, innocent, and vibrant with life. The soul which never fades, for it is infinite and eternal, is released to travel on towards its next incarnation or its next phase of being in the astral, mental, or causal plane depending on its state of spiritual evolution.
Blessings. namaste. We are one.