Practical Awakening


I always envisioned
this dramatic moment of awakening
where the course of my life
would be changed in some way
A guru, a shaman, a lover,
or some cataclysmic event
would open me
to the breadth and depth of life
and I would be transformed.
It turns out that awakening,
or at least my awakening
hasn’t happened like that
and likely never well.
My awakening is a daily choice.
Sometimes I feel like I’m in the flow
and sometimes I think
that my life really blows.
It’s all a matter of perspective.
I invent my life with my stories
and with my thoughts.
I invent the importance of awakening
and the context in which it could take place.
I’ve decided to relax my expectations
and cultivate curiosity…
and also practicality.
When I’m asleep, I’m asleep.
When I’m awake, I’m awake.
And that’s about as much awakening
as I could ever ask for.

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