Archive for December, 2017

187 – There is an Order within Me …

Friday, December 15th, 2017

Out of trillions of cells that make up my mature body, about 96 million die every hour … every hour … and every hour, my body creates another 96 million to take their place. This self-balancing feat preserves the number of cells I need to be a functional and self-determined human being.

This precise dance between death and renewal happens without my awareness, yet it is what keeps me alive.

My body is made of many types of cells; each type is highly specialized in what it is to do and how it is to do it.

Although I am learned enough to know how Earth’s evolutionary processes have taken eons of time to bring us to be what we are today, I cannot fathom how trillions of cells can generate an intellect capable of understanding our evolutionary process yet cannot sense the amazing processes going on inside its own body.

Some of my cells are replaced quite often, while others can last my entire lifetime; most cells follow instructions while others have the capacity to choose. This level of rigidity and suppleness builds and renews the complex structure of my body; for instance, it is how my temperature and heartbeat adjust to the changes not only inside of me but also around me.

Without being aware, I imprint every cell I engender with a unique set of features … the color of my eyes, the type of my blood, the pigment of my skin, the density of my bones, the traits of my temperament … which makes me unique amid billions like me, each one with their unique set of features and levels of rigidity and suppleness.

There is an Order within me, self-evident, measurable, yet it remains beyond the awareness of my senses. Perhaps this level of awareness is the next wrung up in our evolutionary ladder: To be aware, to sense the Order within us. We are made for that.

Revised January 2021   

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186 – The Loneliest Being in the World …

Friday, December 1st, 2017

My mind is the loneliest, most wondrous being in the world; traversing boundaries while limited by boundaries.

My mind has grown out of experiences weaved through fears and dreams, emotions and anxieties, accomplishments and failures; out of the things I am able to see, taste, hear, smell, touch; out of the things I love to remember, the things I wish to forget. My mind is the compound of all I have suffered, all I have lived, all I have learned, all I have wanted, all I have loved, the battles I have lost, and the ones I have won.

Born when ovum and sperm became one, I inherited a mind to make my own. But it didn’t come alone; it brought baggage of its own.

Endowed with ancient knowledge, my mind taught me how to build and organize a complex yet supple body, how to perceive the world and adapt, how to talk, how to cry, how to laugh, how to dream, how to imagine, how to love; how to admire the beauty of Nature and tremble at its power to destroy and create; how to survive the madness of anger, of hate, of deceit, of cruelty; how to move on, even when I am humiliated, belittled, unwanted, hurt, scared, so I could learn to look inward and discover the order and wonder of what I am and come to see the magnificence and beauty of the Order from which we are all made; an Order immensely greater than mine, yet a bit like mine: beautiful yet grotesque, mysterious yet intelligible, destructive yet creative, fragile yet resilient, deliberate yet spontaneous, gentle yet merciless, breathtaking yet coarse, bold yet meek, infinite yet measurable; an Order with a mind immensely greater than mine yet a bit like mine: unfathomable yet open to comprehension. intangible yet busily prolonging itself so there is Life; the wondrous, loneliest Order in the world whose presence is music I can only hear.

Revised February 2021   

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