SEED QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: How do you relate to the notion that every piece of the puzzle you find yourself in is equally important and meant for you? Can you share a personal story of a time you saw pieces fitting in and insight emerging? What practice helps you receive life as a jigsaw puzzle that will work out in the end?
I do agree with the thought, how ever we always limit our border and then start complaining that the things not resolved. I will adopt this practice next time for either any puzzles or the problems.. a good thought.
This piece resonates with me very much. The first question that came to mind for me is whether I'm operating at the center of the puzzle or in some discrete piece of it. The second question that then came up was how can I find out where I'm operating. In a way, truth/God/reality is at the center of it all. So it's inevitable that the puzzle will work itself out. Perhaps in this lifetime or over multiple lifetimes.
My life appears to be a series of events that are like links in a chain. I have learned to remain open and observant. Something might not make sense now, but in the future, when it will have it's maximum effect and benefit, is when it will all start to make sense on every level in my life. These events can have a very deep emotional/psychological impact as well. They are always positive and reassuring. They confirm that I'm on the right Path for my life. Any doubts that I might have had are gone. The result is confidence in myself and the choices that I make for my life.
I view myself as a gestalt, a configuration, composed of different parts and structures performing different activities and functions.Each one is different yet connected with each other creating a sense of me, my identity. There are times when I feel cohesiveness, a sense of integration, wholeness and oneness- my true identity.I feel deep joy, ecstasy. These are the times of thankfulness and gratefulness; times of bowing, surrendering and merging.
And there are times when I feel disconnected within myself. I feel pull and push between two forces not in tune with each other. These are the times when I feel alone and lonely though there is a world of people hustling and bustling around me. I feel a sense of alienation. I feel not at home. These are the times for me for deep contemplating and searching, meditating and praying. Sometimes such times are short and at times they are long. I do not push or myself from what is transpiring in my inner world. I mindfully stay present watching and witnessing my changing inner panorama. Slowly and steadily I come back home.
While I was writing my reflections, my 19 years grand daughter came to see me in my room and asked me what I was doing. I told her I am at that stage in my life when I spend quiet time with myself to listen to my inner voice in deep contemplation so that my times with others become more meaningful and full. She smiled and left.
May we all find some time to be with us for home coming and live our life as fully as we can!
Jagdish P Dave
Every piece of the whole is important. I am part of the whole, every part is part of me, so in a sense every piece is meant for me and for the whole. That we are all one, that the incarnate God is all creation, that all that is is sacred, are pieces that came together and fit together for me, resulting in insights and in me seeing life differently, all of which has been very important for me. The practice of process not outcome helps me. That is, I believe my responsibility is to focus on and trust process, engage in action and interaction that is in line with my truth, not try to manipulate or control outcome, and hope for the best. I believe the practice of living process not outcome increases the chance that things will work out as I wish in the end, but I don't know. We never know. I trust the end will occur and it will be what it will be.