Jellyfish at Midsummer

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“Be silent and listen: have you recognized your madness and do you admit it? Have you noticed that all your foundations are completely mired in madness? Do you not want to recognize your madness and welcome it in a friendly manner? You wanted to accept everything. So accept madness too. Let the light of your madness shine, and it will suddenly dawn on you. Madness is not to be despised and not to be feared, but instead you should give it life…If you want to find paths, you should also not spurn madness, since it makes up such a great part of your nature…Be glad that you can recognize it, for you will thus avoid becoming its victim. Madness is a special form of the spirit and clings to all teachings and philosophies, but even more to daily life, since life itself is full of craziness and at bottom utterly illogical. Man strives toward reason only so that he can make rules for himself. Life itself has no rules. That is its mystery and its unknown law. What you call knowledge is an attempt to impose something comprehensible on life.”  ~  C. G. Jung

“How can I be substantial if I do not cast a shadow? I must have a dark side also If I am to be whole”   ~  C. G. Jung

This morning it is ravens and jellyfish. Portuguese Man O’ War. Up over the mountains float numerous clouds with broad crowns and trails of virga reaching toward the summits. Those clouds remind me of jellyfish. Just as a scientific point I should point out that the Man O’ War is not one creature. It is a colony of organisms. There’s an analogy in there somewhere. We are one people, yet it takes a village. There, I said it. Those jellyfish clouds are mauve. The ravens came long before sunrise, squawking along on their way into town. Everyone needs to get an early start on occasion. Ravens got Red Bull? Just kidding. On the personal front, I have a four day work weekend at hand. It will be a busy one at the store. Stimulation, challenge, fulfillment. Sometimes I look at my job as a spiritual exercise. Well, not sometimes, most of the time. So homeboy here is going to do some intentional rest and restoration today. Cleanse. Rest some more. Eat food. Rest some more. That kind of stuff. Shop around on Amazon to see what movies might be fun to watch – or, and/or, fulfilling. Tis Midsummer, and I think more than celebration we might consider reverence and reflection. With our current political climate even some gnarly gratitude might be in order, before Trump and McConnell convince most of us that all of us are ingrates. Yes, McConnell is just as bad and scary as our Fearless Leader. Perhaps even more so. Nah, he ain’t my fearless leader, nor can I bring myself to capitalize that moniker again. It’s all about healing for me today, to surf on through a rocky life phase, with my cat at my side, and my chair below. Sounds like a plan.

Peace out, y’all. Goof gloriously.

 

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