Returning is the motion of the Tao.
Yielding is the way of the Tao.
The ten thousand things are born of being.
Being is born of not being.
- Lao Tsu
I had an incredible weekend. Dancing at a rave surrounded by sweat and glow-sticks, rock climbing across boulders at sunset, telling stories around a crackling campfire, strumming songs on my guitar at 3:30 in the morning, swinging in my hammock at dusk beside a beautiful lake, playing in the park under a perfect blue sky and laughing until I couldn't breathe. As I tossed myself onto my bed last night, I felt completely exhausted - my eyes heavy, my skin still warm from a day's worth of sunshine, my muscles aching.. I was worn out in the best sort of way; I lay there for a moment and embraced the pleasure of well-earned tiredness.
I am beginning to see life as circles.. every motion I make, every decision, every smile or word or touch.. connected like veins to my past and my future. Life is not a linear experience. No motion is independent from any other motion. We live a moment, we act.. and that energy affects us residually for the remainder of our lives. Powerful.
This is entire weekend happened because of motions I made in my past: words I said, or songs I listened to, or a decision to go somewhere, or to call someone, or the decision to smile, or the simple decision to be silent - they add up, and they return to us.
It is what I do Now, that opens the doors to what I do Now, later.
When we know that life returns to us.. I think it creates a sense of honest sincerity; our now becomes our everything, because we realize that everything comes from what we decide right now.