Monday, March 11, 2013

Jellyfish

If you've ever read a Steinbeck novel, there is a good chance that you have had the Monterey coastline described to you.  It is a beautiful place with a diverse marine ecosystem. it is also home to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, an institution known for it's beautiful displays, its community outreach programming and it's dedication to ocean conservation.  My family, plus my mom visited the aquarium on Saturday.  As with many experiences, this one turned into a life lesson.

Jellyfish are well adapted to their environmental  and so successful is their design, it hasn't changed much since before the evolution of vertebrate animals.  Jellyfish are simple, beautiful and deadly, but they are also an metaphors for spirituality 

Jellyfish go wear they are taken by the currents.  They feast on what is there, and they do not struggle against where they are going.  In the ocean, they are both predator and prey, they are passive and well defended.  They are also very simple, they do not need much besides water and food.

We can learn from these creatures.  From them, we can see that drifting is rarely pointless; not being in control.  You don't often have to go anywhere to find spirituality; it comes to you or you are carried to it by the currents of life.  Your only responsibility is to open your eyes and your heart. The lessons you need will be there, much like plankton- unseen, but not absent.

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