The menu is not the dinner

…the symbol is not the reality. The map is not the territory. The menu is not the dinner. The experience is not its measurement. However, our compulsion to do this all the time creates a mad and demented and crazy world. In valuing the symbols and ignoring the reality, we rape the earth, destroy the forests and murder ourselves and our ecosystem.

If you think money is wealth, you will always be poor. If you hold on to symbols, you will live in fear. Money is not valuable in and of itself.

What is valuable is you and me and our transaction of love. If you are not here, you will never get there, because when you get there, you won’t be here.

Addiction to time is the terrifying fear of death because death, in our imagination, stops the future, but the future is never here.

I can only taste, smell, see, feel, hear, NOW.

And when I’m doing that, that is the definition of being alive.

Not doing that, I’m dead already.

Therefore, please wake up and be alive – NOW –

From How to Know God Deepak Chopra

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Posted by | Paul Reynolds
Paul has been a yoga teacher on the Island of Kauai for many years and is the facilitator of the weekly Living the Question Blog - a repository of wisdom and inspiration. Paul also produces and hosts Le Guru is You Radio Show, showcasing everyday gurus.

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