We live in a fast-paced world that tells us to do things faster, better, quicker because it will bring us satisfaction. We do our tasks in a cursory fashion so we can move on to the next thing that we think will give us fulfillment. But we find that once we have achieved something, that it is not enough, that there is a hole in our existence. We are on a perpetual treadmill of going after every moment. We don’t want what we have and we want what we don’t have. We only skim the surface of things and not feel the depth that is within everything. In other words, we are not one with life. We are always fighting it.
We can learn a thing or two from a spider. It is one with life. It painstakingly spins its web one thread at a time. First, it climbs up a tree (or any suitable starting point) and then releases a length of thread into the wind. Once it feels that the thread caught onto another branch, it binds up the thread and attaches it to the starting point. Then it walks across the bridge thread it made and releases a looser thread below it. It climbs to the center of the loose thread, attaches a new line, and lowers itself to the nearest solid branch to anchor the thread. It doesn’t stop here. It then lays frame threads and goes up and down several branches to anchor them. It continues to make radius threads from the center of the web to a desired boundary line. After this, it returns to the center and spins a spiral which begins to fill in the web.
Like the spider, we can patiently build our lives one thread at a time by being one with the present moment. First, we release our thoughts, opinions and judgments (which have held us captive for years) to the universe. We are able to do our tasks with energy and enthusiasm because we are free of the burdens of the past and worries of the future. We go with the flow of life. We lose our drive to do things better, faster, or quicker. We are aware that the actions that we do every day is the thread of existence that we bind to the tree of life, so we bring quality and care to what we do. One day we move up a branch to anchor a thread and the next day we go down to the next branch to secure it.
When we meet people every day, we feel the thread that connects us to them. We look at them without any comment or judgment. Some may be angry, bored, agitated or disturbed. Others are calm, happy, peaceful or joyful. We look past their forms and feel their aliveness and presence underneath the layer of thoughts and emotions. We know that they are all part of the dance of life, the threads that are woven into the web of our existence which make our lives rich, full, and abundant. As Eckhart Tolle said, “Life is the dancer. We are the dance.”