Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Despair

Despair is not just the opposite of joy. It's another way of seeing the same thing.
Despair is a sign that you are nearing that invisible barrier between meaning and joy, between the differentiated and undifferentiated.
Despair comes from trying to find meaning and failing. Joy comes from being in the moment without trying to define it or make a story about it. Joy is falling into the embrace of the universe.
Despair is deep water. You could tread water forever, or you could take a gulp of air, dive down, confront the terrors of the deep, then push off the sandy bottom and shoot back up to daylight. And when you flop, gasping, onto the beach, you will see the blue sky and feel the warm breezes anew, and they will seem wonderful as never before.

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