1/7/08

Catmasutra 101 @ cafe Domus

Across the universe, and here we are on a little island, in a little place, that shines from the inside. It is a strange sight indeed especially when you're looking in from the outside. A little shiny place in the midst of the quiet darkness of gloomy buildings, with motifs of butterflies hovering in between, grasping over the brightly lit flowers...


Outside, the street has given in to the tiredness. Foreign workers living in old shop houses, with laundry as flags of another existence. They are talking as we are. We talked about fashion in this shiny place. I wonder what they would be talking about. The conversation shifted to brand names that I've never heard before - Italian, Japanese maybe. It doesn't matter. These worlds are not foreign to us, those who are inside this shiny place. They are more of the same - lifestyle aspirations that don't mean anything more than what we already have.


We are more connected than we think we are. We are all responsible one way or another for all the sadness and happiness in this world. We are here, all the way from across the universe, on Planet Earth where the dinosaurs became extinct, where there were two world wars, where empires kept on rising and falling, where we destroy forests and trees, where animals are tortured and killed for fur and 'delicacies' we don't need, where 'livestock' are bred and slaughtered without dignity, for the loss of our sensibilities.

"We did not weave the web of life, we are merely a strand in it.
Whatever we do to the web we do to ourselves."


It's hard to move in this great big web of artificiality, as consumers, isolated and made bit part to interests of business and profit-making. We divide our life into so many compartments that our vision becomes fragmented everywhere we look.

There is always insecurity that keeps us in line, makes us afraid to be as we truly are. But we know it's never really about the place we find ourselves in. It's always about the light we carry inside of us, the path we choose, the choices we make, moment by moment, person by person. The more we believe, the easier it is to let go. Got light?

Catmasutra 101 is the art of nine lives - knowing that you live to die, and die to live again and again, allowing us to rest in the mystery of life. That's why life is an adventure, however you look at it - you only have to choose.


"Know that joy is rarer, more difficult and more beautiful than sadness." ~ Andre Gide



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