Ever have a day where all you have is some strange ideas and dreams for the future? I call these the days where the idea of dispassion or Qi have taken a sabbatical and you are just caught up in the muck of the moment and it all somehow affects you in a way where the things like impatience, pride, anger, and wanting to move at a sprint where the rest of the world thinks sitting around, having a libation and chatting about whatever is on the menu for that day in life.
The idea to truly learn dispassion and Qi, probably will elude me in this life. The world is a noisy and dynamic place, so I do understand why caves, monasteries and places removed from the overall bustle in society are there. It is the only place where one has to simply come face to face with whatever is inside oneself, acknowledge that one is far from perfect, and take steps to work on changing oneself. The problem is that permanent change takes so long to master. The modern developed world appears to be turning more instant gratification; materialism and image with applying more “make up" to cover our flaws. the idea of actually taking things off that obstruct us and simplifying life are hard in societies where one is taught to hold onto "stuff."
While I have been through enough change in life and the journey around the planet, it still never feels very comfortable each time you step out. There will be days like today where you wonder, “am I just dreaming? Will the ideas pan out? Or should I just worry about this day and forget the future?”
When you meet someone that has mastered the Qi and dispassion, you know it can and does exist. The irony is that these people tend to realize how imperfect they are and their humility seems to be a foreign object in our material world.
So you just walk through the day, whatever it brings, be it good or bad.
I think they call it another lesson in learning how to get to that state where you are present in the world and whatever it does, does not dictate how you will choose to react.
Ahh grasshopper, you have much to learn, much, much, much, to learn.
Copyright -I had no images or photos I took that capture what I am thinking for dispassion or Qi. I was simply going to put up the traditional Chinese calligraphy, but Google search brought up this image, “dispassion of micheal” from the artist Paul Sewter. I truly enjoyed how he uses text to create interesting art. if i coded it write, click on the image to see more of his interesting work.