Questions Without Answers

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Questions Without Answers was inspired by the ducks in the pond — not the ones pictured. Following my morning Tai Chi training, I chose a spot by the pond to meditate, rather than the forest where I usually go, and I sat watching them in silence.

As I sat in silence, the birds on the pond were busy being themselves, splashing around, making a variety of sounds, paddling, diving, and pruning themselves.

And there, in the duck pond, for all the world to see, was the mystery of life in all its glory. Why the hell did my son die of cancer? The same reason those ducks won’t be here in a decade or so (yes, they live that long!), the same reason I won’t be here, and ultimately, the same reason for everything–because.

Searching for answers is fruitless. When a toddler first asks the question “why”, it should be nipped in the bud. We need to figure out how to maintain a natural curiosity while accepting fully that it is what it is.

“Because” as an answer is absolute acceptance. It brings peace. Can you accept it as an answer?

Why are you here? Because.

Why are you reading this? Because.

Questions Without Answers

Humans know so little
Yet think they know so much.
Questions for every situation,
They try to number-crunch. 
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Poetry as a Tool for Processing Life

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No amount of mindset training will fully prepare you for some of the trials and tribulations life can throw at you. The use of meditation, mindfulness, and various mental programming techniques has set me in good stead for withstanding a variety of mental and physical challenges. It has also helped me to bounce back from setbacks.

This article considers the role poetry can play in helping us to strengthen our mindset by processing events in a positive and creative way.

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