Thursday, February 18, 2010

New Operating System - Principle #4

In Deepak Chopra's "The Book of Secrets," he offers ten principles as a new "operating" system for a life of unity rather than one based on duality. I have committed to looking at one of the principles every day. Here's today's principle from the book:

4.  Nothing is random -- my life is full of signs and symbols.  I will look for patterns in my life.  This reminds me of Einstein's saying, "There are only two ways to live your life.  One is as though nothing is a miracle.  The other is as though everything is a miracle."  Either nothing is a sign or a symbol or everything is.  When I first read this a few days ago, I went on a "walking awareness" trip as I made my way from the hotel through the streets and parking lot to the movie theater.  I tried to look at everything I saw as a symbol of something in my life and was amused at how easily the neon sign on the marquee became a symbol of the part of me that needs to be visible and authentically show people who I am. 

This morning as I sit in my bedroom with sunrise behind my back, I can see the shadow of tree limbs reflected on my laptop monitor.  Perhaps a symbol of seeing life reflected rather than observing and experiencing it more directly.  A sign of spending too much time indoors.  To my right my almost empty tea cup ... a symbol of the small pleasure of the quiet time of tea and reflection in the morning, drinking in tea, drinking in the coming day. A small pile of clothes at the end of my bed ... a symbol of the possible build-up of chaos if I don't put them away soon, a sign reminding me that untended small things can gradually grow into a mess.  A loudly ticking clock on the wall ... a symbol of procrastination as I've told myself on numerous occasions to remove its irritating presence from my quiet space.  Yet there it hangs, its ticking commanding a rhythm I do not feel.

Today, I will pay attention to the signs and symbols in my life ... but first, I'm going to relocate that clock and put away my clothes!

About the image:  The Catalyst Ranch in Chicago is a wonderfully creative meeting space.  This is the door to the women's restroom.  The context changes the message.