Patterns and Circles

My Zen thought of the day:

10. Change

Life repeats itself mindlessly – unless you become mindful, it will go on repeating like a wheel. That’s why Buddhists call it the wheel of life and death, the wheel of time. It moves like a wheel:

  • birth is followed by death, death is followed by birth;
  • love is followed by hate, hate is followed by love;
  • success is followed by failure, failure is followed by success.

Just see! If you can watch just for a few days, you will see a pattern emerging, a wheel pattern. One day, a fine morning, you are feeling so good and so happy, and another day you are so dull, so dead that you start thinking of committing suicide. And just the other day you were so full of life, so blissful that you were feeling thankful to God, that you were in a mood of deep gratefulness, and today there is great complaint and you don’t see the point why one should go on living…. And it goes on and on, but you don’t see the pattern. Once you see the pattern, you can get out of it.

Osho Take it Easy, Volume 1 Chapter 7

The symbol in this card is an enormous wheel representing time, fate, karma. Galaxies spin around this constantly moving circle, and the twelve signs of the zodiac appear on its circumference. .. closer to the center are the four directions, each illuminated by the energy of lightning. The spinning triangle is at this moment pointed upward, toward the Divine, and the Chinese symbol of Yin and Yang, male and female, creative and receptive, lies at the center.

It has often been said that the only unchanging thing in the world is change itself. Life is continuously changing, evolving, dying and being reborn. All opposites play a part in this vast circular pattern. If you cling to the edge of the wheel you can get dizzy! Move toward the center of the cyclone and relax, knowing that this too will pass.

I can’t count the number of times I’ve wondered why doing the exact same thing on any given day gives such vastly different results, with no discernible difference in the things I do! Why it is that some days I just wake up and am in love with life! And like a person who is in love, I find beauty everywhere – joy in the most mundane things – gratitude for everyone and everything that is part of my world!  And upon waking the next day, I have to push myself to move through the day – gurumping and hurumping about everyone and everything  and wishing the day would hurry up and end! Go to sleep and see what tomorrow will bring…alchemy

But when I realize its just a repeating pattern and has always been one since I first drew breath, then I realize that however it is that I feel today, it will be different tomorrow – the good, the bad, and the ugly. As long as my heart is beating and I’m breathing in and out, it will change. “This too shall pass” becomes a comfort on a darker day or a catalyst for being more aware of the transient nature of even the best of moods and feelings.

I know. It seems like a “Well, duh!” sort of thing, but reading that Osho Thought of the Day reminds me. Reassures me that there is a rhythm to this life and once I find the rhythm, I can dance my way through. 🙂




3 Responses

  1. it’s only once we see or notice the pattern, can be extract ourselves from the whirlpool…

    “WHAT?!! Hard to hear over the sucking vortex of insanity 😉 heh!

  2. “there is a rhythm to this life and once I find the rhythm, I can dance my way through. ” ~ Shiny things

    you are oh so quotable today!
    i think i’ll post this over on facebook! 🙂

    Why thank ya Larry…thank ya very much…” 😉

  3. Well put, ole’ wise one!

    Pffffftttt!! 😛 We’re all “wise” when we’ve got all sorts of struggles and tribulations to claim experience from!

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