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Fleeting Golden Eternity

Mt. Zirkel Wilderness, Colorado

// With this forced down time since breaking my nose, I've had lots of time to read about and ponder the relationship between the highs and lows of life: the great moments of self-actualized fullness, and the in-between stretches of boredom, sadness, frustration, injury; the crests and the troughs; the State of Gold and the State of Blue. And, like any other imagined dichotomy, the lesson is that each State completely depends on the other for its existence. Seeking one and not the other is, as Alan Watts put it, like trying to have the mountains without the valleys. The heart of mindfulness is turning discrimination into acceptance, learning to appreciate the present moment for exactly what it is. So, if Gold is radiant energized activity, Blue is healing: the time that you need to work through whatever is going on, renew, or just recharge. (I mean, this was the basic lesson of Inside Out, even!) The trick, at least for me, has been to remember this:

The glass isn't half-full or half-empty, it's totally full!

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