June 11, 2011

Today's Meditation, Current Events, and Quote of the Day

From Mindful In Bedlam by Daniel Labbe (author's profile)

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My Quest
by Daniel Labbe

Today Meditation:
I often find myself asking, "What is the point of it all?" For the longest time, all my answers for this question seemed empty. I would wonder, "What's the point of working a meaningless job so I can pay bills for things I don't even care about?" A car, a house—"making a living." It seemed so pointless to me for the longest time.

Whatever I do in this world, whatever luxuries I acquire, whatever accomplishments I make will one day be gone. Not a trace of any of it. Who cares if I am successful or a pointless existence or not?

At the same time, I also know that there is a point to it all. Only I was too wrapped in drugs, alcohol, living a dysfunctional life, and just surviving to get very far with such thoughts. I was distracted. I twas't until I was able to put all the distractions down that I could really give these questions the thought they deserved.

I believe most people live a life of distraction and, because of this, many of us are unable to give the important questions the time they deserve. My destruction was wrapped up in desperate attempts to escape the incredible pain I held inside. Someone else's distraction might be acquiring power, status, approval, or creating the American Dream. Some of us get caught up in the survival cycle. Pay the bills, work, pay the bills. But as Maslow's hierarchy points out, when we let ourselves stay at this stage, we have little hop for creating a meaningful life. Working to pay the bills is needed to survive, but it can't be the point of surviving, right?

It took me a long time to find my answer to the question. What is the point of life? Once I did, it was like breaking through a barrier into a whole new dimension of existence. My quest to answer this question wrought some amazing transformations in me like how I see people, the world, and my place in it all. My new understanding has galvanized my motivation and provides me with a continuous fountain of inspiration. I literally do not live in the same world anymore. whatever I do, I do it under the umbrella of this new understanding. No task, no matter how "menial" or toilsome, it may seem is pointless to me now. Everything is charged with purpose and meaning.

I can't answer this question for you. I do encourage you to let go of the distractions. Drain them of their importance and set out on your own quest. It isn't necessarily the answer you find that is important, but the experiences and the lessons learned along the way that brings about the change. So... what's the point of it all?

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Current Events:
What beautiful weather we've had lately! After those devastating tornadoes, we came upon a stretch of weather that has revived many of the guys around here. Everyone is in the yard, exercising, playing sports, and socializing. I thank God for breaks like this.

I'm going to be in two plays on June 10th. In one, I have a small, anonymous role. In the other, I'll be playing a lead role—Ray Romano. Everyone says I remind them of Ray Romano, so it's a fitting role.

Mindful Living is going great. In the last meeting, we spent the second half discussing what guys think the objectives of the group should be, laying down some basic ground rules (like confidentiality and respect—one person speaks at a time). It was quite productive. We had 13 guys show up. Word of mouth is going around, and it all seems positive. Guys enjoy the format. Last week, we discussed forgiveness, compassion, mindfulness, meditation, and how they all relate to each other and our lives. One suggestion was that we do different styles of meditation and extend the meditation time from ten minutes to fifteen minutes. Imagine that! Inmates pushing for more meditation. I feel incredibly blessed to be able to do something positive here.

I got my first letter in response to this blog last week. Thanks! You know who you are. :)

Support and connections means so much in an environment like this. Sometimes it seems like everything is negative. This is an extremely difficult place to maintain a positive attitude, and it requires an incredible amount of effort to not let the harsh, bleak energy of prison drain me of my hope and inspiration. To receive any amount of positivity, moral support, or validation from sources beyond these walls has an amazing impact. So thank you!

For any newcomers, feel free to write me, leave a comment, or share this blog address with others.

I hope to have the prospects for LifeQuest typed and posted during the last week of this month. It's coming along great so far. I am confident that anyone who reads it will be amazed by the revolutionary quality of LifeQuest. You will find yourself asking, "How come this isn't available already?" I also have some artwork and poetry I'd like to post.

That's all for today. My best wishes to all of you. Big love all around! And happy questing, explorers!

Today's Quote:
"Deep within man dwell those slumbering powers; powers that would astonish him, that he never dreamed of possessing; forces that revolutionize his life if aroused and put into action."

Daniel Labbe W85867
1 Administration Rd.
Bridgewater, MA 02324

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carol Posted 8 years, 2 months ago. ✓ Mailed 8 years, 1 month ago   Favorite
Hello Daniel,

Another great blog!

I have to agree with you; once you realize that it's not material things that make you happy, it's "your purpose" in life then it becomes more effortless and meaningful !

It's obvious from your writings that you've found yours! It can only bring you, and others, happiness so "never" give up hope. Don't let anyone take that away from you! You have a goal and a dream.....go for it!

This is a wonderful program, not only for prisons, but for everyone!

The real challenge is to get the negative people to realize their purpose so they can enjoy life and not feel cheated.

I had a job when I was fairly young that I thought was meaningless. I was sitting in a front office by myself waiting for the telephone to ring or for someone to walk in the door. As most young people might think......it was boring! One day, I asked my boss if I could go home because there was nothing to do. She laid it on the line for me! First, she said absolutely not! She told me that I might not think my job was important, but she and the rest of the staff did because they didn't have to get interrupted by telephone calls and attending to visitors, therefore, they could get their jobs done. That's when it all made sense to me. No one job is less, or more, important than the other.......they all have their importance and purpose. Therefore, I look at everything in a whole different light no matter how small, or insignificant it may seem to others. Everything, and everybody, has a purpose........we just need to recognize it for what it is!!

This is what I'm hearing from your blog, or have I mis-understood your point?

I'll be waiting to hear how the plays went! They sound like a good time for all.

Good luck with your prospectus for "LifeQuest"!

Carol

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