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The Current of the Universe
: Acceptance and Being Here Now

William Irwin

Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.2, No.2 (July 2012):111-118



We are well advised to align ourselves with the flow of change. Things outside our minds are beyond our complete control. To let go of what is beyond our control, without even attempting to influence it, becomes easier, if we hypothesize that the world will run just fine without us. Attunement with the universe involves knowing what it “wants and needs.” This is not mystical; it is a matter of becoming more passive and receptive. The big picture takes the microscope off me and puts things in their proper focus. The wise person recognizes that we do not know what will turn out to be for the good in the long run. We lose attunement when we live too much in the past or future.

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