Sunday, January 8, 2017

January Inspiration: "Life is not a problem to be solved, but a mystery to be lived."

"Life is not a problem to be solved, but a mystery to be lived." -- Joseph Campbell

With three children in my house, my blogging time is so very short! But this is how I will begin again, and so short it is for right now, for this season. :-)

Life is not a problem to be solved, but a mystery to be lived. Let that sink in for a bit. I am certain that this is a deep and inarguable truth, and yet we all live with an eye toward the problems, rather than an orientation toward the mystery. Of course, we all experience problems, or simply circumstances that require our action and attention, but we have overall become extremely short on contemplating and living the mystery.

So as we begin this new year, I invite you to look more deeply, to recognize the mystery. In my own home, I have a 5 month old baby, and nothing is quite as good at reminding you of the mystery as a brand new person. So find something in your home, your life that can serve as a reminder of the mystery that we are here and alive. Solve problems, yes, but do not forget that we are here to live joyfully, deeply, consciously.

Love to you all, and happy 2017!


Poet Obscura (Erzsebet) said...

Synchronicity! I have spent the past couple of years running from problem to problem, creating more problems in an effort to find my truth. The combination of reading your post and running across an unrelated article about the concept of wu wei has aligned something within me. Life is a mystery, and trying hard to grasp it or force it to conform to some idea of what 'should be' is disheartening. Thank you for this gentle reminder, and may your mystery be beautiful!


Tiffany Hamburger said...

So wonderful to hear from you here, erzsebet! Happy New Year, and I hope 2017 is a beautiful mystery, full of what you most want and need. :-)