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Catching the Train Home


"If you don't realize where you come from,

you stumble in confusion and sorrow."

Lao Tzu

Coming into this world is like disembarking from a train and finding yourself at a station that you don't remember ever visiting before. The moment your feet touch the platform, the train leaves you there and begins to circle around the track with the promise that it will pick you up again, though you know not when. You don't know how you got there; you only know that your suppose to find your way to some destination in the future; that your told (by your parents, family, society) will bring you happiness and security. So off you go, with no road map to guide you, and the flickering of a distant memory of where you've come from buzzing in your heart

immediately you are thrown into a world of seeming confusion, uncertainty and fear, and the memory of arriving at the station eventually fades and you are left with an overwhelming sense of being lost; with no direction home. As you journey through your life, you learn many lessons and go through many adventures, all the while attempting to find some sort of happiness and peace in the midst of all the changes you go through. If you are fortunate, there comes a day when you come across a spiritual teaching that reminds you to wake up and remember where you've come from, and where you will be returning, one fine day.

You find comfort and certainty in this remembering, as you realize that the play of your life only has a finite amount of time and that the train that left you here will one day reappear to take you back home. But instead of 'waiting' for this day to arrive, you actually begin to enjoy where you are, as you wake up to the eternal Now, and relax into it's perfect flow and eternal grace. You know that, until our ride home comes to collect us again, we can simply relax and enjoy the play of our life as it is; awake and immersed in the flow of the Tao, trusting that where we are is exactly where we are suppose to be, and awake to the over-whelming beauty that is everywhere, and in everything.

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