Wakefulness and Uncertainty Keep Us Humble

August 25, 2014 9:00 PM

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Wakefulness and Uncertainty Keep Us Humble

In the garden of gentle sanity may you be bombarded by coconuts of wakefulness. -- Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche It has been said that enlightenment is the ego's ultimate disappointment. That is true, indeed. I was certain I had been edging closer toward enlightenment (but all I got was a lousy T-shirt). Things in life fluctuate, and there really is nothing permanent to grasp onto that will give us anything secure in life. Having that awakening is humbling. We can try fruitlessly to hold onto pleasant situations, people we care about, our social status, things we amass, and even jobs, but life has plans that requires us to let go. The only thing we can grasp onto is the glaring fact that life is uncertain; accepting that isn't about giving up. We can heed the uncertain nature of things or deny it. In 12-step programs, this is Step Three: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of our Higher Power. The challenge of genuinely letting go and trusting that there is a bigger plan can be terrifying, but also very freeing.

There I was, merrily working on a book, The Noble Sk8Fold Path, on skateboarding as a metaphor for facing life and all of its challenges, thinking I could offer others lots of helpful wisdom and insight into life's difficulties. I had no idea just what was going to unfold in my life, as is generally...

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