SEED QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: How do you relate to the notion that our responsibility is to inquire into the meaning of our being? Can you share a personal story of a time when you felt free enough to question yourself while answering? How has questioning helped you in your life?
Well of course you lead to an essential question. What is aware at our essence and does it need to be attentive? Do we need to stay still or are we beyond the need to be stillness or not still? Unbound from that. And is attention a human quality and not one of Being? Is Being attention? Or is attention just Being manifestedf thru the human mind? I thank you for the artilce it is refreshing.
What is the meaning of life? What is the purpose of my being here in this world? What hppens to me after I die? These questions often have come to me at different stages of my relatively long life. Glimpses of answers come when I keep my mind open knowitng that I do not have full answers.Such act of inquiry requires my total presence and my full attention to my being. I become quiet and still to listen to my inner authentic voice. Such a stance clears the way for real awareness and sensitivity. I tend to relate to what Michel de Salzmann Says," Paradoxically this basic act of knowing, which is attention, is only actualized when we don't know-that is, when there is a question."
Recently, I had a dialogue with a lady a little younger than me. She asked me what will happen to her when she will die. I had thouht about it deeply and have arrived at some understanding of my own question. As I was responding to her question, I was also eploring with her by addressing and questioning different layers of this profound inquiry. This is an ongoing process for me helping me to know what is the meaning of my being here in this world. It provides me a path to walk with awareness and sensivity.
We have the ability, not obligation, to respond to our being by inquiring into its meaning. Though I don't agree with Socrates that the unexamined life is not worth living, I definitely think it's worthwhile to inquire into the meaning of our being. I usually feel free enough to question myself while answering. I usually even enjoy it. My most significant questions have only partial answers at best and trigger more questions, which I'm fine with. My answers aren't complete but they become fuller over time. Rilke said to love the questions, live the questions, and live into the answers, and I've become more that way over time. Questioning has helped me in my life by feeding my hunger for knowing and providing meaning, fascination, satisfaction, and growth.