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on life-changing experiences

After you’ve had a life-changing experience, can you tell your life has been changed? Do you wake up each day after your awakening and the colors suddenly brighten, every sense heightened, your relationships tightened? Do you walk down the street with a vague but ever present knowing in your bones because you’ve been shown what it means to be alone but not alone, because now there’s this independence and though it may be tenuous it’s still present? Can you look at your past life and wipe off the rust, the dust that, like the vine outside a brick house, crept around your ankles, your calfs, your knees, and on the days when it was too hard to breathe nipped at your lungs and tugged? Can you do that? Can you feel the power eminating from your fingertips because now you’ve born witness to a life-changing, earth-shaking, foundation-breaking experience?

Or what about this…

Can you stop what you’re doing and look around you? Whether you’re in America, Mexico or Kathmandu, look and analyze, take the time to realize that this moment is just as important as every other. Stop what you’re doing and breathe in the air, let it fill each particle and right when you think you’re full, sip in just a little bit more. Let it be as water and sink down, down, down to the ground, the only sounds to be found are your own fragile, life-changing exhalations…

You cannot always feel an alteration, but that does not mean it’s not there.