Life is not a journey, it’s more like music, it moves in circles. When you journey, you are trying to get somewhere. In music, one doesn’t make the end of a song, the point of the song. The whole point of playing music is to play music. Like dancing, the whole point to dancing is to dance, not to get to some point in the room.

We move in circles and come back again to the beginning. We do it again and again and we are somehow transformed by the process. It is the process that matters, not the destination.

In our culture we are very focused on getting to the end of things – getting to the end of high school, then college, then working to meet the quota we need to get a raise, then buying a house (if we’re lucky), then retiring and on and on to the next end and the next, until it’s all over.

It is a part of our conditioning to think of life as journey – a pilgrimage which had a serious purpose at the end and the thing is to get to that end.

But really, is that true? Or is life a musical thing? One in which we are supposed to sing and dance the whole way along while the music is being played. And in the process, truly discovering what it means to be human.

CIRCLE OF LIFE from the album ShadowLight