Check your azimuth. I have to remind myself of that from time to time. If you’re a hiker of the backcountry, then you know the importance of staying on azimuth. For those of you who are not that familiar with navigating using a compass, your azimuth gives you your direction of travel for any given point you want to navigate to. The basic azimuths of course are North, South, East and West, the cardinal points on a compass.
The reason I have to remind myself to check my azimuth is because this morning, I was feeling a bit lost. I’ve been doing a lot of “stuff” and learning lots of new things, but like the magpie, I can quite easily get distracted by each shiny new thing. And with each distraction, I’m delayed in reaching the place I want to get to.
On my present journey, my compass is not a physical one. To check my azimuth, I have to quiet my mind a little and just listen to my quantum-self, inner-guide, or Big Mind if I put my Zen hat on.
All human beings by nature desire to know. – Aristotle
The path I’m on at the moment is a spiritual path. And by that I mean, I am exploring the great questions that man has been questing after ever since we became aware of our own consciousness. The great questions like “Why are we here?” “Where did all this come from?” Or the mind-bending questions like “Who am I between two thoughts?” “Who is the ‘I’ doing thinking?” Or “If a tree falls down in the woods and there is nobody there to hear it, does the tree make a sound?” Or “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” Ok, I’m getting a bit whacked out there, but you get the drift of where I’m going.
One thing I am clear about on this journey is that I stay awake during the process. By that I mean, I don’t want to get caught up in the dream and fool myself into believing the dream is real. This journey will require me to check my azimuth often, least I stray too far off the path and lose my way.
“At one point midway on our path in life, I came around and found myself now searching through a dark wood, the right way blurred and lost. How hard it is to say what that wood was, a wilderness, savage, brute, harsh and wild.”
I’ve been there. And now I have found my Virgil. Though I suspect there will be many guides on my journey. There I go again, talking in metaphor. I want to be able to offer up something of practical value as well. But just so you know, from time to time I will dip into metaphor. Metaphors speak to us in different ways, deeper ways than literal language.
And as always, I want this to be a dialogue between you and me. I am my best self when I am interacting with others. So leave a comment, start a debate or just simply say, “Hi. I’m listening.”
Oh and check your azimuth.