Enlightment is a concept, a Buddhist idea or goal that works in theory: a desired perfect state of mind, which in practice becomes not so simple. For years as a practitioner, I tried every day to attain enlightment. I was rewarded with moments of peace, just moments.
As the practitioner I was, now that I have seen both parts, the Buddhist and the Catholic; I think different now. The correct approach to get this desired satisfaction, instead of training the mind through meditation, would be to take care of others, by charity. This is a different approach, so extremely different that it may seem aimed toward a different goal. But it is practically the same the goal, at least in what is possible to attain: to live in a better state of well-being, something similar as heaven.
What for do you want a perfectly silent mind? Is it possible to attain peace of mind with our present world? Is meditation the right way to go for it, or is it by helping others?
It is always fun, to write down of the number of Home Runs each player scores in the season. The most important Home Run I made, was in a trip to Europe, then I converted to Catholicism. It was a Home Run because of the life-change decisions I took. It wasn’t a matter of virtue, or me achieving goals in a devastating effort. It was just caused by luck. I was lucky going to Bosnia and Herzegovina, and in Medjugorje found the path I was looking for. That was a full house Home Run. The whole stadium stand up, my inner stadium… ha ha ha, at least in my imagination 🤩
Grizzly bears move across landscapes as many people do: favoring flat paths and gentle speeds. According to a New York Time’s study, its animal behavior helps them to save energy and could be compared to human’s.
Once I painted a journal entry about it. In Spanish, the meaning of the word “Merodea” is similar to a bear’s walking:
I am always impressed by the hair-ly skin of this mammals. They have hair throughout the entire body with bald spots almost nonexistent. Instantly we can remember Chewbaca from Starwars. What would it feel to be clothed with hair all around the body? Would I feel cold in a hairly skin? Would mosquitos bite? like Chewbaca, or like this panda bear:
There are many things to consider when having hair in the face. Remember that we evolved from monkeys, which also have a lot of hair… ✝✝✝Concerning us, humans, if we are intending a better life, I mean: as Catholics, and it is expected for us to move as bears do, in a slow rhythm pace, from one side to the other, and interrupting our itinerary to smell the ground… Being like this –and it is perfectly okay to be slow and distracted– how could we pretend a better life? how are we aiming for higher goals? Is there a way to eventually reach heaven? For us is impossible, for God it isn’t.
Do you know a team that hasn’t been champion for decades? That is the case of Atlas, in Mexican soccer league, whose logo appears, and who has one of the best followings known.
Little papers are falling from the sky (in this digital painting), because being a champion doesn’t happen every day. He is becoming one at this exact moment, when he will break the goal bar. I took a second to think that those ribbons should be easy to break. If not, they could lead to sport injuries.
He said he was thinking in his sons at that precise moment. The middle one is a boy, the other two are girls. Because “there are vices around childs”, he then recommends to do exercise or to practice sports.
Thinking in this achievement, I imagine it is a challenge to train while raising 3 sons. Child care can be exhausting, and at the same time, rewarding. Kids usually bring new stuff to families, many times good stuff, and others with unpredictable results. Related to this, I talked about unpredictability and the weird bounces of oval footballs. For now, lets continue with a stable-predictable routine. Have a nice day ☺.
Every person has internal business going on. No one sees, but this inner life need to be feed. In this case, he has a plant in his interior, and he carries it along the city.
Life is so delicate, it must be treated with care to flourish one day. But not because its fragility, it will become a thin bush. If the seed inside grows continuously, it will go higher and higher, reach the character’s head, pass throw the eyes and beyond (see the image). Eventually it will grow far away to the stars. But in order to grow, the owner need to take care of it. Three conditions are needed:
Light, preferably by the sun (I have heard of weird cases that go with other kinds)
Who knows what is the interior activity this person. He maybe thinking on his kids, or something weirs like the craters in the third moon?. In this painting, done in acrylic in 2018, stars represent its goal, maybe something dreamed or desired. Maybe the goal of this plant is to become a tree. However, life is not so pink. Isn’t it?