The educator and philosopher Paulo Freire said.
“Only through communication can human life hold meaning.”
I’ve always found language fascinating and then in my adolescence communication, philosophy and psychology became my strong interests. It’s why I’ve written long hand journals for over thirty years, and why I blog everyday. I guess you could say it’s a kind of therapy, helps me to work through things, making sense of my world.
This daily discipline combines all three of my passions and helps me immeasurably with my creative process as an artist and really makes me happy and gives me a sense of wholeness. It’s my way of communicating with the life, the universe or with what I would call, the God of my understanding.
One of my fellow bloggers wrote a post today and shared a quote I’d never heard before, by someone I’m not familiar with at all. It really made me stop and think about life and communication. In order to effectively communicate, having an open heart and mind is essential.
And so this quote made so much sense to me as it describes how I want to relate to life. When I commented on this quote found in my friend’s post, she responded. What’s the point of arguing with life? She said she’d end up with a headache and resentment. That sounded right to me.
“Love is not the experience of beauty and romantic joy alone. Love or compassion, the open path, is associated with “what is.” In order to develop love—universal love, cosmic love, whatever you would like to call it—one must accept the whole situation of life as it is, both the light and the dark, the good and the bad. One must open oneself to life, communicate with it.
Note: Chögyam Trungpa was a controversial Buddhist Meditation Master, who followed the Dali Lama. Trungpa was instrumental in starting the Shambhala movement in Nova Scotia.