You know how sometimes you’re talking about an idea with someone and the exact right gems/words just fall out of your brain into your mouth? You know the kinds of words I mean, right? The ones that express the gist of the idea with precision and economy.
Well, I was talking with a friend the other day about how the center works in an individual life and in life itself when I said,
“You’re the center of your own universe, not the center of the known universe.”
And we both exhaled at the same time into a reverberating silence.
That’s it, you know. You have to be the center of your own universe. Think of it this way:
If you’re not, who is?
That’s a real question. If you don’t/won’t/can’t (or any other contraction) put yourself in the center of your own life, who will occupy that position? And how long will it take you to get to some kind of out-sized emotional reaction because of that lack of you at the center? Truth? It’s only a matter of time before you’re hurt, mad, sad, or variations on these less-than-happy themes. And who could blame you really?
Conversely, you are not the center of the known universe. That position belongs to whatever you believe in that is Greater Than You. Name It what you will. For me, that’s The Mother. For others, The Buddha. For others, Science. It doesn’t really matter what you put there as long as it’s bigger than you, and you understand where your personal universe fits inside its vastness.
To be clear, all personal universes fit inside the Universe itself. All. No exceptions. When you consciously put yourself at the center of your own universe, and fully inhabit it, it’s much easier to see how you and your personal universe fit into the known universe.
Full tilt living is the basic requirement for thriving. (Maybe we ought to change the pronunciation of that word from lih-ving to ly-ving.) So please, Beloved, be the center of your own universe, and remember that you belong in and to the known Universe—you’re just not Its center.