I’ll have to chew on that, though a quickie answer for myself here at 68, watching the world slowly implode into a deplorable future on the one hand, and on the other, growing families with all the hopes and dreams of all the generations that came before.
This grounding affords me the ability to hang on to my sanity in this extremely dissonant time.
I’m at home in my skin of an evolved self-reflecting organic creature, and then I die.
Free of all the existential angst I see manifested all around me. I’m free to be more attentive to my inner body, and now (through education and new visualizations and renewed personal focus) it’s easier to tune into one’s living body, that connects with my body’s homeostasis systems. Makes me more attentive. Reinforcing the understanding that taking care of my body, as my body takes care of me.
I’ve been told it’s all in my mind. Indeed, it is. That’s the point. Being aware of it, is the bonus. No end of story needed.
The point is, its the journey not the destination, has been all along for Earth’s geology and biology, and look what she’s created.
Once we truly grasp that our gods are of our own making, it turns into an entirely different, much more humble undertaking. No need to worry about God, in one way or the other. Instead we learn to take responsibility for ourselves. With God’s back to representing our own human ambitions and needs, as opposed to being possessive Lords who must be obeyed.
Living with the appreciation of consciousness, being an interactive experience doesn’t change our interactions. But appreciating as we react to other people, places and things, those people and places and things are reacting to us and our presence and our behavior.
Nothing and no body is independent of the greater community and eco-systems.
Our consciousness isn’t simply draped over biological body, our body creates that cloak of personhood we individuals wear through our lives, til death do you part, the body to soil, your consciousness, soul gets absorbed back into the mystery.
Being daily appreciative of possessing this awareness, introspective, be a self-conscious living human, with an understanding of the universe beyond anything any other creatures or human generations have achieved. It’s just flash, I’m just a flash, then I’ll be gone, but I’m here now and have the sense to deeply appreciate the moments as they are dolled out, the crappy with the good, though I prefer the good so do my best to stack my odds, as best I can, given what I’ve got. So far so good, but I know nothing lasts forever, so literally take it one day at a time.
It’s for each to make of it what they can, given who they are.
There is no next step, we’re at home and enjoying the ride best we can is the next step, every morning we get up.
Hey not that the world isn’t still full of amazing wonders and mysteries, that’s not what this is about!
This is about the big existential angst causing stuff, that stuff evaporates. Wonder at life from children to old people, families, biology, neuroscience, this Earth and this Earth as a living planet just keeps getting deeper.