What Is Life?

Via on Jan 17, 2012
Georgie in half lotus with Ravi Shankar

She told me today her son died. That’s when I was brought down to my knees, she said. That’s when you woke up, isn’t it? I replied. Yeah. And I never looked back.

There must be something more than just this. I’m bored, he said. Bored with what? I innocently asked. I’m tired of the same thing, over and over again. It doesn’t mean anything. I want it to change, what do I do to make it change?

Everyday I am so humbled at what life presents for me. In this case, conversations like these. Pivotal conversations, daily. Conversations on purpose, weekly. At a certain point in life, circumstance and opportunity intersect in a way that finally gives you the opening, that moment to pause and ask yourself the simple question, What is life?

George Harrison wrote a song about that. It’s the first song on side two of All Things Must Pass. I miss listening to that record. I couldn’t bring my vinyls with me to Bali…obviously. My good friend back in Los Angeles has them for now. He’s a musician, so I know they’re in good hands. I would never give them to anyone who didn’t know what listening to vinyl really means, what it feels like, what it sounds like. 

all photos courtesy of Flickr

For some people, the question seamlessly enters their consciousness, almost as if a whisper, softly, over and over again, until finally it’s caught. The mind catches the thought and plants itself into their field of awareness for nourishment and nurturing. All thoughts worth thinking must be cared for; or else they’re just, well, thoughts floating aimlessly in space. Literally. For others, it takes a grace from god disguised as a dramatic event to enable them to halt and completely shift their perception of reality.

Whatever avenue gets you there, it doesn’t really matter. The same question shall still arise—which is this: What is life? What does this life thing really mean? Why are we here? What is this? There must be something more than just the day to day monotony of this whole thing…

The Beatles were one of my first teachers. John Lennon specifically. Abbey Road and Plastic Ono Band got me through some of the most challenging years of my life. John Lennon is one of those people whose presence I turn to when my strength falters. Even warriors of light go through moments of hardship and grief. If not especially. I always hear a Beatles song when I’m about to take off towards my next destination. Always when I’m in line at the airport and on the taxi ride there. It’s their way of saying keep going. I found out years later that our meditation teacher dwells in the same lineage. Of course we’re connected in this way, at that moment it all started to make sense. At that moment of realization was the beginning of my journey of surrendering to the Divine Plan.

Georgie and John

Someone asked me today, why do we come here to forget? The number one question of any seeker seeking to expand their consciousness. I bet some of you can relate to this question. I certainly can. We don’t come here to forget, we come here to remember.

By nature, I believe humans beings as a whole are, to put it simply, forgetful. Every moment is an opportunity to remember who you really are and what you’r e here to do. It’s about remember-ing.When we are given these glimpses of greater vision, a widening clarity of a deeper seeing, we have either two choices—maybe three. You can hang on to the assumed presentation of what life has been for you for your life up til that moment—meaning cling on to what you know or you can let go of the grasp and allow space for what you don’t know—which is life from that moment on.

You’ve got to be done with the illusion of control. And I mean really done. Question everything you thought you knew and get ready to walk the life you were meant to live. The kind of scenarios that you truly imagine and envision. Not only that, but to live the life that you DESERVE. You deserve to live a magnificent life. One that is truly YOURS.

And then life just happens- you meet it as much as it meets you. You begin to cocreate with the Divine Master. Just like that moment when George Harrison was sitting atop of the grassy hill top in Eric Clapton’s backyard, playing his guitar to the rise of the sun. Now known as the song, Here Comes the Sun. Creativity beacons, life force grants you the access to create songs, images, moments, art, LIFE. That life force grants you the access to create life. How utterly beautiful is that?

But the answer will never come forth if you don’t ask the question. Clarity will only arise when there is space made for it. Ask yourself the question, that will lead to the next question, that will then lead to the answer. Let go of the shackles of assumption, release the grip of expectation, let yourself be free from the cage that’s been heaving your load. That tightness around your neck and right shoulder really is something, isn’t it? I know, I’m working on that too. YOU ARE A FREE BEING. YOU ARE A DIVINE BEING. YOU HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED.

Don’t believe me? Close your eyes and take a look.

George Harrison by Warhol

 ~ Other articles by Chloe Park: Satya,Love & RelationshipsMy Heart Lives in Bali


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About Chloe Park

Chloe Park is an Artist, Spiritual Teacher, Yoga and Meditation Instructor, Holistic Healing Practitioner, Life Coach, Women's Empowerment Leader, Social Change Activist and Ethnobotanist. A traveling Healer and Teacher, she roams the Earth to share her message: unconditional love, self-healing and awakening. She uses the medium of writing, holistic healing, medicinal plants, yoga and meditation to help all those along the Path to attain harmony with mind, body and spirit. She is devoted to facilitating the space for Healing, Love and Truth and is passionate about bringing ancient practices and traditions into the modern times we live. Her intention with her writing is to offer Q&A for all those who are engaged in the dialogue. Chloe also writes for MindBodyGreen, Healthline, WorldLifestyle, and Yahoo Shine!. To stay connected with her current projects, retreats, teachings and traveling schedule, find her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/chloeparkhealing or visit her website: www.chloeparkhealing.com. Spiritual counseling and life coaching sessions with Chloe are available via Skype. May we all wake up together. ॐ


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4 Responses to “What Is Life?”

  1. Lia Aprile Lia says:

    So lovely, Chloe…(and hello from La-La-Land!) xo Lia

  2. old yoga chick says:

    loved it and sharing it

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  4. Genevieve says:

    Very lovely post Chloe. I agree that Life is really Ours. Life is pretty much what we make out of it.

    Life on earth is so momentary and fleeting. So, it really is up to us to make the best out of it. We determine our own course. All the answers lie within. When we listen, we shall hear what our inner calling is.

    I recently conducted a lecture on “What is Life?”. I have shared the the transcript here if anyone is interested in reading: http://www.holisticlivingannex.com/2012/03/what-is-life.html

    Have a nice day! :)

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