photo placement is deliberate
as is much of what is on this website
as is much of what is on this website
It is my opinion, and maybe also yours, that life is simple, sometimes; and often complex. That to live one's life fully, to live in the better ways you can, requires sometimes little attention; and, more often, strategic or much.
LukeyoutheU looks at the simple and complex. Why? Because we can improve the quality of our lives. We can increase the joy of our life experience and not ours only. We can do so by consciously deciding, as we are able, what we believe.. What we believe (that is, what we think and do, not just think) is the foundation, the engine, our multitude of beliefs are the operating manuals for our lives. We live always in our many beliefs even if one of them is that we do not believe anything. My expectation is that in considering what LyU offer, deciding on/ employing that which you find useful and good from it, readers, listeners, be-ers, and do-ers, will benefit. Those who participate in the LyU experienced will receive, live, and give better, and more.
I am not speaking of a theoretical life, though theory is involved; I am speaking of a practical, actual, better life. For you and, by extension and as a result, for those with whom you relate.
How to start is the question I am answering now.
A possibly helpful schematic of LyU offerings:
informal <-------------------------> more considered
simpler/ shorter <----> more complex/ longer
podcast essays website books
May I suggest you choose one of the links above, continue reading this page, or move to wherever else you find life. Remember/ know that everything has a price. That this price always includes, at the very least, that which you have which is the most valuable: your attention. In general, the more attention you give someone, or something, the move value you give them/ it.
Life, with all its wonder and intrigue, its difficulties and challenges, its joy, numbness, and pain, is far too immense a topic for me to come entirely to grips with. Yet here I am; and here I try. Rather than perceiving my life's experiences as unconnected, or as an unending bother, or to see myself as condemned to a Sisyphean task, I think it smart to look at life as an unfolding. The unfolding. Unfolding outside of me: the life that God, the Universe, fate, others, nature, providence, economic and physical and societal circumstances, luck, happenstance have put on me/ revealed to me. Unfolding within me: awarenesses, understandings, perceptions. A knowing of the power and opportunity that flow from the choices I unconsciously and consciously make daily, monthly, decadally.
We are not separate from life; we are not alien to it. We are also not the whole of it. We are wanted but not necessary parts, much like a tooth, toe, fingernail, hair, or brain synapse. The unfolding we are part of is not from outside us only nor is it only from in. Both unfoldings, the ones outside us and the ones within, are the same unfolding. Life is existent within us; it is for, in and through us. For, in, and through me. For, in, and through you. We can know it so as we allow it, and make it be.
LukeyoutheU looks at some of the potential, a few of the many many possible, meanings of life. Is there anything more wondrously exciting, so fraught with peril, so worthwhile, as to pursue, find, decide, apply meaning to our physical, social, and psychological existence? To do less than try is, in my way of thinking, to live less than we can. To miss out on a whole lot of fun. To be less than fully alive.
It is to be near, possibly even to see, but not pick, or eat, the fruits of the trees before us.
If you have gotten this far, good on you. You are even now being rewarded. Also, so you know, not all of LyU is nearly so dense. If you are interested in going further, opening more, I think you know what to do.
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