by Gary 'Z' McGee
September 17, 2019
by Justin Totemical
"Take out the trash.
The trash is anything
that is keeping you from
the only thing that matters
...this moment, here and now."
Surrender to the moment...
The infinite 'now' feels oh-so finite to our mortal perceptions.
fleeting, so transitory and yet, it is all we really have. This
moment… Right now !
Which forever escapes us even as it forever remains by our side.
What is one to do but balk and cringe, staring like a deer in the
headlights into this absolute moment that presses in on us like an
abyss. That washes over us like a cosmic ocean of
interconnectedness, that pushes us through space on unrelenting
currents of time...
Rather than balk, rather than cringe, rather than stare like a deer
in the headlights, let's take out the trash...
As the Zen quote goes,
enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop
wood, carry water."
before radical presence, take out the trash. After radical
presence, take out the trash...
'Taking out the trash,'
It's peeling away the layer upon layer of cultural
conditioning, political brainwashing, and dogmatic indoctrination.
It's parting the
waters of the mind and creating a path through the maelstrom of
over-thinking, anxiety, stress, and worry.
It's leaving the mind raw and vulnerable to the ultimate truth of the
moment, to the absolute Now, to the infinite breath of radical
It's shaving away the unnecessary suffering of the past and future,
only to discover and surrender to the necessary pain of the present.
Pain as guide, pain as teacher and pain as truth...!
But taking out the trash is also a cure for pain.
For it simply
reveals what was already there.
It unveils repression, whatever
flavor that repression may have taken.
Pain, fear, grief, shame,
guilt, shadowy demons...
It digs them up from their festering graves and reconciles them
before they can spread their black poison any further.
It makes the
unconscious conscious by bringing it to the surface where it can be
dealt with, absolved, forgiven, and ultimately initiated into the
soul-work of radical presence.
"The cure for the
pain, is in the pain."
We take out the trash for clarity, for healthy-mindedness, and to
get a handle on the elusive ladder of a life well-lived.
climb out of hell, out of unnecessary suffering, out of the
shit-heap of a sick society, we must first reconcile hell, cure
unnecessary suffering with necessary pain, and mediate a sick
society by living healthy lifestyles.
by Rion Beauregard
None of this is possible without first taking out the trash...
order to even see the ladder to clarity, health, and a life
One must first dig through all the trash, all the
pollution, all the fog and dust and smog, clouding the way.
plough through the rough to discover the diamond.
One must brave the
blighted hills to reveal the gold.
Hence the vital need for
For it is only when one
is truly present in the moment, deep in the interconnected throes of
the infinite cosmos, that one can see the true nature of things.
When all the pretentious paint and outdated lacquer of a profoundly
sick society has been peeled away to reveal the vulnerable exactness
of health, the Golden Rule, of universal laws that cut with the
primal sharpness of the
It is only then, when the 'all too comfortable comfort zone of mother
culture' is shed like a parochial snake skin,
that the vital and
necessary new skin can grow to become healthier, more resilient and
robust, shimmering with the courage to stretch further and further
into the unknown until tiny comfort zones become mighty horizons
revealing the dawn of a new way of being human in the world.
Through the radical presence of
taking out the trash, a life well
lived is revealed.
Where before all the trash of a cluttered,
over-thinking mind was piled high in a weaving labyrinth of
unhealthy chaos, after taking out the trash, no-mind, the mind-field
is cleared into mindfulness and open mindedness.
The way toward
eudaimonia and a life well lived is revealed.
In the end, taking out the trash,
Is carrying presence to its fullest
It's digging through the garbage, the pollution and the
waste toward a healthy, soul-centric,
drastic move away from sickness into holistic surrender.
It's daring oneself to take a leap of courage into the dangerous
waters of necessary pain.
Only to rise up into the fresh air of
reconciliation and the radical presence of being in love with living
a life well lived...