I have a curious mind and have spent a lot of time travelling and observing human behaviour. It really is a phenomena, when you consider the biologial complexities of our being and the journey through which we have evolved. Our minds have become overactive and deeply powerful. We can be miserable in paradise, or appreciating the joys of a slum - our own best friend, or worst enemy.
I've often thought when observing the odd Attenborough doco, that we could learn a lot from our fellow mammals... I am no scientist, but It only takes one glance at a phylogenetic tree to realise that we are all relative - yet we as human beings, with our highly evolved brains, are hardly ever truly present like our warm blooded cousins. We are always doing something, we attach meaning to everything, we think about thoughts until they become our reality, we are literally distracted majority of the time. So naturally I wondered what could be done?.... I eventually found the answer in the practice of meditation - and before conclusions are formed you must quieten that presumptuous voice in your head and consider that it is suited to anyone, even if your not the kind of person who is partial to a bit of nag champa incense and a diet of mung bean soup.
I realised it's not about being an alternative hippy - it is about reaching a highly perceptive mode of conciousness that is designed for relaxation, building internal energy and developing compassion, love, patience, generosity and forgiveness. You step back and become the observer of the mind and acknowledge the content without being identified with it. It is truly remarkable when you start to see the patterns, realise that things aren't always as they appear and understand that we can't change every little thing that happens to us in life, but we can change the way we experience it. Life is simply about law of attraction - what you give, you get back. Be aware and choose wisely.
Although me telling you this will not make you fully understand or necessarily want to at this point in time. When one is ready to learn, the desire will follow and the teacher does appear. My intention in sharing my experience is to provide a reference, as certain people who have entered my life have done for me and now that I get it, I am unexplainably grateful.
So what could we learn from a bunch of mountain goats ? Well I have always been very amazed by these quirky hooved characters. They are formidable in their environment, aggressive and determined problem solvers yet calm and fair in nature and are known to partake in activities purely for fun (yes they have a sense of humour!) Ultimately, they have succeeded to live peacefully amidst the challenges of the extreme alpine altitudes, sans predatory.... The real difference between living on the edge or just surviving.
Be Kind x Be Brave