It is a catholic (meaning universal) tradition for us to do something to take our mind off of everything and to reset our minds – to get ones head on right and then go off into the world and get it done. This is perhaps more important than food. This is because just like the lack of food or drink will give us hunger (trust me that is not a good feeling) the lack of filling ourselves with basic things will lead us to being empty. Now, to do this is not that easy because we are bombarded with information of all types, sensory overload and hungers that rarely leave us in a state that can be considered empty. Another way to look at it is to imagine a dog, throw him a ball, and he will bring it back and wait for it to be thrown again. This is the type of rut that can fill our lives and leave us in a state of imbalance.
So, in the Catholic (Big C – meaning the religion) tradition we see a Sunday Mass or solitary prayer as a way to center ourselves in our beliefs and then we are ready to go back out into the community and of course we are prepared to take part in the same. The connection with our community is important and as you can imagine more people do this type of thing than Catholics and Catholics are not limited to only a Mass or Prayer to reset their direction. Today, in Madrid and I did something that I always do when in Madrid, I went to the Prado.
There is nothing like; goya, el bosco, titian and any other masters artwork to allow us to remember that we are not so separate to what is the universe and that our story has not only been going on for a long time but many of the themes are repeating themselves and while it seems there is a small amount of progress it still is progress and our story is being written, painted, sculpted, and told every day and in every moment.
Perhaps, I also belong to one of the groups that try very hard not to allow thoughts like this to get into our heads – being a man of science I try my hardest to be objective and in my reasoning I look to empirical evidence and logic. The hard part is to realize that this so limits us from a wider vision and does indeed separate us from our universe and what we are observing or doing. Those working with science need to understand that life is not just an observation it is to be lived.
A recent genetic test that I had performed indicated my maternal hap group was related to the peoples in Iberia that produced the first cave art. When I stood in the Prado and looked at the cave art I did not try to do analysis of the primitive artwork – I just enjoyed it.
So, after the Prado a walk in the park was just perfect. From puppet shows to musicians, I was not just there I was part of it – connected to this, our, ongoing story. I would recommend to anyone and everyone to take a break today – empty your thoughts, go walk in a park or view your favorite art – whatever your tradition remember it/practice it. Everyone needs to take this time. To my friends reading this that need to define everything remember that sometimes you need to see the forest to understand the tree. Now out for some Jamon in Madrid. Have a great day!