The 12th of March came and went, a day like any other...except for the fact that March the 12th is Jack Kerouacs birthday... allow me to explain.
I have been feeling a great connection of life and spirit lately, which, if you read my ramblings regularly you may have figured out(see Thin). I'm not sure why, but a lot of conversations have been flowing in the direction of the deep and infinite. I feel the presence of heaven and earth brushing together, as if it were a breeze softly kissing my cheek. And on March 12 (the aforementioned birthdate of one Jack Kerouac) Drew stumbled across a quote which encapsulates this feeling quiet well.
"The world you see is just a movie in your mind.
Rocks dont see it.
Bless and sit down.
Forgive and forget.
Practice kindness all day to everybody
and you will realize you’re already
in heaven now.
That’s the story.
That’s the message.
Nobody understands it,
nobody listens, they’re
all running around like chickens with heads cut
off. I will try to teach it but it will
be in vain, s’why I’ll
end up in a shack
praying and being
cool and singing
by my woodstove
This passage comes from a much longer letter Kerouac wrote to his first wife, Edie Kerouac Parker, in January of 1957 (a decade after their annulment). In the letter he speaks in such a way that makes life, this life you (and I) are in, the presence of yourself, the very air you are taking into your lunges at this moment, feel as though it carries great weight. I mean, I have long loved Kerouac (I desperately need to know more about him) but this letter sent me over the moon... also, the fact that he mentions pancakes makes me feel as though I couldn't love him anymore if I tried.
There are many layers to my heart and to my soul, perhaps one day we will explain them. For today, I will instead, leave you with this:
“Life must be rich and full of loving--it's no good otherwise, no good at all, for anyone.”
― Jack Kerouac, Selected Letters, 1940-1956
Happy belated birthday Jack, the world was lucky to have you.