Yūgen (n.)

An awareness of the universe that triggers emotional response too deep and mysterious for words.

“Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Trust in the direction the Universe has for us. Believe in magic and in love to keep your mind clear to accepting whichever path we must travel down to become the best versions of ourselves, and help the world by staying optimistic and spreading positive vibes every single day. In moments like now, I’m experiencing I find quotes to be the best reminders through any situation or circumstances in life.

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

This article is just beautiful, and I highly suggest whoever is reading this post to take a second and read it:

Transcendence: The Yin and Yang of Emerson and Goethe – Sheri Gietzen

“The connection between the soul and the cosmos encompasses science and spirit; the head and heart are in a relationship with terra firma and the solar system. Self-realization through the soul’s striving takes on a different hue than the medieval holistic system discussed earlier where individuals are defined by their role and duties in an integrated society.”

“Emerson’s ideal transcendentalist: He chose to become his own sage, strove down a path toward self-realization, finding ultimate union within himself, with the cosmos, and with God.”

– Transcendence: The Yin and Yang of Emerson and Goethe, Essay by Sheri Gietzen

Set yourself on a journey, and like a leaf in the wind, just go wherever it is that life is taking you. Fighting the Universe on what your fate and destiny will only leave you feeling broken and more confused than from where you first started. In the article, it’s said, “Faust has set himself upon a sort of transcendentalist path of finding his true self.” No path is ever the same or shared in an exact way between any two people in the world. Sure, some can relate in many ways in different aspects, but it’s up to the individual to find the type of person they want to be, and it comes through a journey within yourself.

The Universe doesn’t make mistakes.

Everything is happening just as it should. It’s only our perception of difficulties that causes us the distress and the difficulty we experience. Not only that, but when we label events as ‘bad,’ we fail to perceive the benefit that is waiting for us.”

– Chris Prentiss

As confusing as life is, and being left with an entire mental notebook of questions left unanswered. Focus. Life has a funny way of bringing you to the people, places, and moments which help create the version of you that is your fate. Everyone has good in them, but temptations are thrown from every direction to help provide guidance in which journey you’re traveling down. Some may choose a harder path but remember that everything is connected in a way that it leads to all the same answers in life you’re searching for.

“Whatever happens, they say afterwards, it must have been fate. People are always a little confused about this, as they are in the case of miracles. When someone is saved from certain death by a strange concatenation of circumstances, they say that’s a miracle. But of course if someone is killed by a freak chain of events — the oil spilled just there, the safety fence broken just there — that must also be a miracle. Just because it’s not nice doesn’t mean it’s not miraculous.”

― Terry Pratchett, Interesting Times

 

Selcouth (adj.)

Unfamiliar, rare, strange, and yet marvelous

“Afoot and light-hearted I take the open road, The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose. … You, road I enter upon and look around, I believe you are not all that is here, … From all that has touch’d you I believe you have imparted to yourselves, and now would impart the same secretly to me…. To know the universe itself as a road, as many roads, as roads for traveling souls.”
– Walt Whitman, Song Of The Open Road (edited)

No matter how big or small a person might feel, as people who share the same world, we need to acknowledge and remind everyone that they matter.