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The Soul Game

[This is a chapter from a currently-unpublished book I’m writing on meditation and mindfulness.]

As a spiritual being, one possible way to think of life here on Earth is as a “game” that serves as a training ground for the soul. It’s a game like other games, so it has many levels, and they get harder and harder as you progress. So in this case, the better you become at the game of spirituality — the Soul Game — the harder the levels become.

To help set some rules for the game, let’s say that it has fifty levels. The first time you play the game you’re born here on Earth in Level 1. Hopefully you score some points and move up, so maybe by the time it’s “game over” for your first lifetime, you’ve passed Level 9 and you’re playing on Level 10. Maybe you get a brief break in between lifetimes, but the next time you’re born you start right where you left off, at Level 10.

This brings me to a very important rule: Once you start playing the Soul Game, you’re strapped in for eternity. (That was clearly mentioned on page 52 of the End User License Agreement.) Once you’re in the game there are only two ways out:

Do not fall in love with people like me

“Do not fall in love with people like me. I will take you to museums, and parks, and monuments, and kiss you in every beautiful place, so that you can never go back to them without tasting me like blood in your mouth. I will destroy you in the most beautiful way possible. And when I leave you will finally understand, why storms are named after people.”

~ Caitlyn Siehl

Sri Argala Stotram, by Krishna Das alvin January 17, 2020 - 5:10pm

This won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but Sri Argala Stotram by Krishna Das is the prettiest song I’ve heard in a long time, and I didn’t even understand the first two-thirds of it.

Live the life you love alvin January 14, 2020 - 9:07am

“Live the life you love.” As seen in Estes Park, Colorado, many moons ago.

You have this one life alvin January 8, 2020 - 7:56pm

As a guy who’s been unconscious seven times and had ten operations, I like this, “You have one life” quote. Take it from me, when your lights go out, one of the main thoughts you’ll have is, “I wish I had done <fill in the blank>.”

(The quote appears to be by Beardsley Jones, and the image was put together by tinybuddha.com.)

Farewell (a Northern Exposure poem) alvin December 10, 2019 - 3:09pm

Farewell! If ne’er I see thee more,
Though distant calls my flight impel,
I shall not less thy grace adore,
So friend forever fare thee well.

Farewell, alas, the tragic sound,
Has many a tender bosom torn,
While desolation spread around,
Deserted friendship left to mourn.

Alas! and if we sure must part,
Far separated long to dwell,
I leave thee with a broken heart,
So friend forever fare thee well.

~ part of a poem i heard on Northern Exposure

A holiday love story alvin December 1, 2019 - 9:35am

When I was in the hospital in Boulder, Colorado with the heart problem a few weeks ago, I asked a nurse about my cardiologist. I knew he had retired, but didn’t know why. “He’s 68 years old,” she said, “and he wants to spend more time with his girlfriend, who lives in Chicago.”

#HolidayLoveStory

If the Moon calls you by name don’t be surprised alvin November 26, 2019 - 6:22am

If someday the Moon calls you by your name don’t be surprised, because every night I tell her about you.

~ Shahrazad al-Khalij

You are sweeter than bee vomit alvin November 7, 2019 - 3:06pm

These “You are sweeter than bee vomit” cards are one of my all-time favorites.

The more you are motivated by love ...

“The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your action will be.”

~ The Dalai Lama