For there to be white, there must and black... for there to be light, there must be dark... for there to yin there must be a yang... for there to be stars, heat, and life on any given planet, there must be the cold and hostile vaccum of space for the two opposing forces of nature - life and death - to have their way and test the limits and the extremes of their own potential... for good to prevail there must be evil to vanquish... for hope to win in the end there must be the shadow of doubt to sometimes struggle with... for the best of the best to be crowned there must be ups and downs from which lessons are learned which inspire others down the road who are on their own journey of self-discovery... for the entirety of this version of the universe there has existed both the beginning and the end, the start and the finish, the Go and the Stop, the found and the lost - but there are places where and when the interconnected consciousness of all living things communicates with one another consciously as well as unconsciously, that some have even reported to have visited and returned from feeling changed and brand new: nirvana, heaven, Eden, space, the frontier, the edge, high above the clouds or deep below the ocean - after which they can both perceive and understand forever that the balance that keeps the wheels of existence rolling as serenely as a sphere of energy spinning through space, that is both perfect and imperfect at the same time, would have to be one of the most wonderful symbols in existence that captures the true essence of what it means to be zen.
Finally, I am back in the seat of a cinema, sitting in the dim light, and waiting patiently for the room to go dark and the film that I am here to see to start. It's been a long time since I was able to embrace my cinephile side and get back to where I always looked forward to returning to every so often... it's been a long time since anybody who loves the magic and the experience of seeing a film on the biggest screen there is has been able to go to the movies, to perhaps get some popcorn and a cold drink, sit in a comfortable seat, and switch off from the world at the same time that they are transported away to a place of fiction and fantasy, and embrace the gift and the opportunity of pure, unadulterated, escapism. I am a dreamer, I am an artist, and I am also someone who loves enjoying the labor of other people's imagination and creativity... since I was a child, I have always been someone who loves going to the cinema - because I have always understood the language and the power of visual and audiotory storytelling, and the way that subtleties in colour and sound can feed the mind, as well as revitalize and influence the thoughts, the feelings, and the emotions of people young and old far into the future. I don't see every film at the cinema, but when I see the trailer for an upcoming film that immediately grabs my attention, I try to make the time, when the film is finally released, to see it in a place where I can make the most of every moment of movie making poetry - which is why I am so happy, which is why I am so energized, and which is why I am so in awe to once again be back enjoying a movie projected upon the screen of a theatre.
Each of us can find contentment doing things that make us happy... each of us can find hidden secrets about life, about people, about every day things or situations that can make us all take another look at the world, and at ourselves, and allow us to realise that there is more seemingly "small things" - simple gestures, simple tokens - that mean the most in the long run and down the line when a smile on a face is all that we crave. Each of us need things to explore... each of us need one another... each of us need both windows and doors... each of us need the feeling of being included and not excluded from what is going on in the world, in the galaxy, in the quest of humanity and all life everywhere to find the next check point on the journey that is their purpose - whether that is to be found in a forest, on a mountain top, above the clouds, or below the waves on the seafloor. Each of us can do extraordinary things - even if we might not innitially recognise our gifts for being as profound and as impactful as they are... each of us make mistakes, each of us do things that we regret, because each of us are human - and I believe our failings should not forever be considered mortal sins by some from which we can not move on from, learn from, and change as a result... each of us are a miracle, worts and all... each of us are soulful individuals who over our life will feel feelings and emotions from love to guilt - but, to me, the spectrum of what people are capable of symbolises everything about life that nobody can do anything about: some things just are what they are, just as each of us are who and what we are and have always been destined to be since birth - as were, and as will always be, the best of us.