ROW, ROW, ROW YOUR BOAT
GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM
MERRILY, MERRILY, MERRILY
LIFE IS BUT A DREAM…..
This children's poem of uncertain origin can offer a sense of calm by virtue of its gentle rhythm and soothing tones. But a closer, metaphysical perspective can offer some alternative and perhaps interesting understanding. Certainly as when interpreting any written material, there is roon for disagreement and/or discussion. Try this one —
ROW, ROW, ROW YOUR BOAT– Life is an exercise is seeking order out of chaos. We fear the unknown, that which we cannot control. Life will provide such unexpected challenges whether we invite them or not. Rowing implies an act of free will, of attempting to direct our lives. A boat is a vehicle which helps us survive in the midst of water, the source of all life but also of threatening chaos. Few of us can persist for long in water without assistance. So rowing is a metaphor for living in the world.
GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM—An interesting line which challenges us to find a path which the universe may offer us. Many of us struggle to row UP the stream of life. We often believe that we need to do this, to prove ourselves, our power over life's mystery. Perhaps we miss the cues, the open doors, the gentle clues and cues that our path is elsewhere. But perhaps we would do better to seek a path which the universe provides for us. Perhaps we would do better to find where the stream of our own lives exists so that we can direct our lives into the path it is trying to show us.
MERRILY, MERRILY, MERRILY, MERRILY– Most spiritual traditions speak to an underlying joy which pervades the universe. This is often hidden, difficult to perceive and easily denied. Mystics and those individuals who have survived near-death experiences frequently struggle to explain this experience of bliss to the rest of us. If life here is regarded as a necessarily challenge to our soul's evolving journey, adversity can be seen as necessary and inescapable. Being able to see the light beyond the darkness which frequently seems to surround us is truly a challenge.
LIFE IS BUT A DREAM– Once again a frequent spiritual perspective from mystics whose experiences led them to see our lives as episodes in the evolution of our souls. Many of us seek fame, fortune, power, prestige, material 'success' as the ultimate goals. Perhaps there are more spiritual values such as kindness, compassion, empathy and connection with other beings which may be more worthy goals. Reincarnation offers us multiple opportunties to face challenges and to regard each lifetime, as important and blessed as it is, as temporary and ephemeral.