Monday, February 18, 2013

A Week About Meaning

We are now at the fourth week of the seven meditating on the daily themes of the Attention and Interpretation program I have been doing with Dr. Amit Sood at Mayo Clinic. Week four is meaning. (Week 1 was gratitude, 2 was compassion, 3 was acceptance.) I just realized as I looked at that list is that what we are doing is building a life. Life that is meaningful has to be built on those first three blocks. We then can move to seeing what it all means.

As usual, a quote starts the week. This one is from American mythologist, writer and lecturer, Joseph Campbell best known for his work in comparative mythology and comparative religion. The quote is simple and lays out for us a direction- but not a meaning.

Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.

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