Life: A Paradox?


I read this passage on ijourney.org. A very thought provoking passage. My comments are at the end of this passage

Life in death, death accompanies life? noise in silence? sense of relief in pain?

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Paradox of Noise

–by Gunilla Norris(May 24, 2011)

It is a paradox that we encounter so much internal noise
when we first try to sit in silence.

It is a paradox that experiencing pain releases pain.
It is a paradox that keeping still can lead us
so fully into life and being.
Our minds do not like paradoxes. We want things
To be clear, so we can maintain our illusions of safety.
Certainty breeds tremendous smugness.
We each possess a deeper level of being, however,
which loves paradox. It knows that summer is already
Growing like a seed in the depth of winter. It knows
that the moment we are born, we begin to die. It knows
that all of life shimmers, in shades of becoming–
that shadow and light are always together,
the visible mingled with the invisible.
When we sit in stillness we are profoundly active.
Keeping silent, we hear the roar of existence.
Through our willingness to be the one we are,
We become one with everything.
–Gunilla Norris
My comments:
“Wonderful passage. Accepting the “paradoxes” of life in various aspects make us unravel a new meaning of the word “paradox”. For ex: feeling pain releases pain, experiencing noise when we strive for inner silence, etc… in the grand scheme of things, we are not able to enjoy laughter without it being at the expense of sorrow – at some level… and perhaps all paradoxes go hand in hand with their counterparts.

Also, the point where the author says that in order to “feel” a sense of safety, we do not like paradoxes. I think that we pretend to ignore that paradoxes are an integral part of our lives, just that we ignore it hoping that it will go away.

But the more we accept that, the more security we will feel in the insecurities that these paradoxes present ;-)”

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2 Responses to Life: A Paradox?

  1. Hanna says:

    I love these paradoxes… especially this part:
    Through our willingness to be the one we are,
    We become one with everything.
    I think I’m gonna write this down somewhere..

  2. Pingback: Sorting Through the Noise | RudKatz Blogazine

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