I came here to feel

wipeout“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart” -Helen Keller

“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.” -Auguste Rodin 

I do not aspire to be “above” my feelings any more than a surfer aspires to fly above the water in a helicopter.

I want to be “down there” where the action is.

I want to ride the waves of energy in motion.

I do not wish to seek shelter on the safe shores of stoicism nor do I long to find recourse on remote islands of indifference.

Take me out into the ocean, hand me a surfboard, and throw me off the damn boat.

I am not here to stay dry. I am here to engage the wild waters of felt experience.

And although, at various times, It may seem as if I am being pushed and pulled beyond my conscious control, I am satisfied in the awareness that I will know what it feels like to be moved by life.

Whether wiped out or worn out; whether turned on or turned off; I came here to feel.

8 thoughts on “I came here to feel

  1. It is interesting that a philosopher seems to be one who is detached, and it is this detachment that allows him to have insight, but at the same time he is one who,it would seem, more than most others, also is able to live passionately and in the moment. Detachment and compassion combined are the concomitants of instantaneous consciousness.

  2. In my post I said that detachment and compassion are the concomitants of instantaneous consciousness, But I think what I really meant to say was detachment and passion. You would think those two would cancel each other out, but combined what they really do is bring you to deeper focus and insight. Since “com” means “with” I guess detachment and passion really can equal compassion, a state of thought and feeling that is deeply loving and maybe even healing.

    1. Mm mmm. Yes. Very good observation and interesting
      connection: passion + detachment can equal compassion.

      Thanks for your thoughts.

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