Free your mind Neo

For those of you not familiar with the movie The Matrix, I would like to start with a dialogue excerpt from the movie:
Morpheus: I imagine that right now, you’re feeling a bit like Alice. Hmm? Tumbling down the rabbit hole?
Neo: You could say that.
Morpheus: I see it in your eyes. You have the look of a man who accepts what he sees because he is expecting to wake up. Ironically, that’s not far from the truth. Do you believe in fate, Neo?
Neo: No.
Morpheus: Why not?
Neo: Because I don’t like the idea that I’m not in control of my life.
Morpheus: I know *exactly* what you mean. Let me tell you why you’re here. You’re here because you know something. What you know you can’t explain, but you feel it. You’ve felt it your entire life, that there’s something wrong with the world. You don’t know what it is, but it’s there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad. It is this feeling that has brought you to me. Do you know what I’m talking about?
Neo: The Matrix.
Morpheus: Do you want to know what it is?
Neo: Yes.
Morpheus: The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work… when you go to church… when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Morpheus: That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else you were born into bondage. Into a prison that you cannot taste or see or touch. A prison for your mind.

I really think the writer of this movie must be a Buddhist. Because to me this is exactly how we live in our current state of illusion.

Last night during meditation I started thinking about true love and knew I wanted to write about it today. But when I awoke this morning, I started thinking about how we use the word “love” in everyday life.
Think about how often most of us use this powerful word in such a non-meaningful way.
I love these Tacos, I love those jeans on you, I just love the beach, I love the Fall. You know that I can go on and on with hundreds of examples of how most of us throw that “love” word around. And this is one example of how we are prisoners of our own minds.
Love is the most powerful force in this World. But if we minimize that as a way to describe a Hot Dog, then we have completely clouded our minds about loves true nature and healing power.
So I challenge you to try and eliminate this word from your daily use. Only use this word when it’s true meaning and intention are behind it.
I think you will find the value and power of this word will become stronger for you, and more meaningful to others.
I hope you meditate every day, but if you don’t, I truly encourage you to do so. It is in this space that we can really focus on sending ourselves caring, compassionate and loving thoughts. The more that each of us can fill ourselves with true love and acceptance, the more we have to share with others around us. We truly share this with all living beings. Your overflowing abundant love will be a healing force in the World.
This is freeing your mind, Neo!

I will likely return to Matrix references in future posts, so if you have not seen the movie yet, I would highly recommend you give it a look. I really Lo… oops, I mean like that movie. ;-)

May you all be well, happy and peaceful.