I’m Sixty-Four

Well, sixty-four years ago I transitioned from another dimension to this one. I was immersed in a aquatic environment inside my mother’s womb, and came to this beautiful paradise. Like everyone else, I learned to breathe pretty fast.

Where did I come from? This is one of those good questions for which I know I will never get conclusive answers, but, still, I keep asking because I love to explore. Did I make a conscious choice to come here? If so, where was I, and what did I come here to do? Did I receive an assignment, a mission to complete here? Did I choose my family and the people in my life? Did they choose me? Did we agree before coming to this dimension who would be mean and who would be kind; who would wound and who would heal? Who knows, right? So many questions, so few answers.

As you may have noticed, I agree with the saying of Socrates, “An unexamined life is not worth living.” It inspired me to call my blog “Exploring and Inspiring,” and I added to it, as a subtitle, “Paying attention and living a life that is worth living!” I feel I am doing just that.

Yes! I’m sixty-four, and this reminds me of the song “When I’m Sixty-Four,” written by Paul McCartney, and released in the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album in 1967. I was fourteen years old then, and that was half a century ago. And here I am now, five decades later. The future that I couldn’t have imagined then, and was so distant, has arrived. Fifty years have gone by really fast. I can’t phantom that I have already lived 23,376 days.

I’m sixty-four now. Wow!

Life is good! Life is great! I love my life and I love my wife! It is time to celebrate!

When I get older, losing my hair, many years from now
Will you still be sending me a valentine, birthday greetings, bottle of wine?
If I’d been out ’til quarter to three, would you lock the door?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m sixty-four?

You’ll be older too
Ah
And, if you say the word, I could stay with you

I could be handy, mending a fuse, when your lights have gone
You can knit a sweater by the fireside, Sunday mornings, go for a ride
Doing the garden, digging the weeds, who could ask for more?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m sixty-four?

Every summer we can rent a cottage
In the Isle of Wight if it’s not too dear
We shall scrimp and save
Ah
Grandchildren on your knee
Vera, Chuck, and Dave

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Piero Falci is the founder of the Silent Peace Walk movement. He is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer and inspirer who encourages people to live lives that matter. He is a promoter of peace who believes that Heaven is here, if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful living.

 

My Calling and Commitment

After this sixty-four year journey of exploration, I am pausing and feeling the ground on which I stand.

“Who am I? What do I love? How shall I live, knowing that I will die? What gifts do I bring to share with the family of the Earth?” (1)

I am committed to the work of improving myself, and the work of helping others with their inner exploration, discovery, and actualization of their full potentials and highest purposes in life. This is my calling and my commitment.

I find great joy in guiding people on their journeys of finding their own answers to the four essential questions: “Who am I? What do I love? How shall I live, knowing that I will die? What gifts do I bring to share with the family of the Earth?” I want to help as many people as possible ‘remember who they are and what they came here to do.’

I am committed to helping other individuals let go of lives that have played themselves out and do not serve them anymore, as I, myself, continue this work. I find it very rewarding to help others let go of the load of the past — their past identities, obsolete stories, and all the dead weight that they are unnecessarily carrying — so they can travel light through life and achieve greater fulfillment in the here-now.

I am committed to teaching them to live mindfully and powerfully in the present moment, understanding that they should not let the pursuit of a future happiness be the source of their present unhappiness. I want everyone to understand that chasing dreams should not deprive anyone from the enjoyment of all the good that is always right here, right now, in every moment. I want them to be aware, also, of how the reviving of painful memories prevent them from enjoying life fully in the here-now. I am committed to teaching them how to deal with those mental images and internal conversations in a healthier way.

I want to encourage people to say “Yes” to life, to trust life with all it presents, both good and bad. I want to help people recognize, accept, and give thanks for the gifts that life is constantly giving. I want them to realize that a good life is a collection of good moments, and that they should pay attention in order to make the most and the best of every moment.

I am committed to encouraging people to heed their calling in life. I want them to ask, “What am I passionate about? What are the things that when I do them I don’t feel the passing of time? What are the gifts that I am meant to give?” I want them to courageously live authentic lives, remembering what Joseph Campbell said: “Follow your bliss, and the Universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” I want to remind them that “If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. But if you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.” (2)

I am committed to guiding people in the introspective work that begets those powerful awakenings which reveal what could not be seen before. I want to remind them that “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” (3) I also want them to understand that “when we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change.” (4) 

I believe that our thoughts create our world, and that is why I have decided to dedicate myself to practice and teach mindfulness. I believe that deep personal transformations produce wholesome thoughts, words, and actions which, then, create a wholesome world. I believe that guiding people through this process is one of the most powerful forms of political activism for bringing about a better world. Meditation yields the experience of oneness — the sentiment that we are all in this together, and the understanding that we are one — which is essential to develop empathy and compassion, and create the gentler world we aspire.

Let us become kinder people and bring about a kinder world. Let us tame our own savageness and bring Heaven to Earth, because Heaven is right here if we want it to be.

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NOTES:

(1) Wayne Muller in “How Then, Shall We Live? Four Simple Questions that Reveal the Beauty and Meaning of Our Lives”

(2) Jesus in “The Gospel according to Thomas”

(3) Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in “The Little Prince”

(4) Max Planck, German physicist, the founder of Quantum Physics

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Stay in touch.

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Take a look at these books at the Peaceful Ways online store

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– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

Pay Attention Book Cover

– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

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– “Silent Peace Walk”

www.PieroFalci.com

www.SilentPeaceWalk.org

www.PeacefulWays.org

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Piero Falci is the founder of the Silent Peace Walk movement. He is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer and inspirer who encourages people to live lives that matter. He is a promoter of peace who believes that Heaven is here, if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful living.

The Life I Have Decided to Live

I was tired of always doing ‘what I had to do,’ and not having time to do the things I wanted to do. For a long time, my most ardent desire was to organize my life in such a way that I could have plenty of time, every day, to do what I love to do. So I paused to ponder on important questions, such as, “At this stage of my life, what is really important? What is my purpose in this life, and what are the best contributions I can give? What are the most important relationships in my life, and am I giving them my attention? What do I love? What am I passionate about? What do I like to do? What do I really want to do? How does an ideal day look like for me? How shall I live, knowing that I will die?”

As a result of this process, I took steps to simplify my life, and got rid of the things that prevented me from doing what I considered important and pleasant. I now live a much simpler, uncomplicated life that gives me plenty of time to do the things I want to do, and I calmly say “No” to what is unimportant and unpleasant, without feeling the slightest guilt about it.

Without the pressures of the ‘have-to-dos,’ I now have more time to notice and appreciate all the magic, mystery, and miracles that surround me. I am in awe with the splendor of the Universe, and grateful for everyone and everything in it. I realize how blessed I am, and give thanks all the time for all the gifts that were freely given to me. By becoming aware of this abundant wellspring of blessings, I am more optimistic and generous. And by sharing what was given to me — by being of service to others, and helping them enhance the quality of their lives — I experience bliss. Seeing people happy, makes me happy.

I’m fortunate. I feel I am doing what I came here to do. I do what I like, and I like what I do. Life is good!


 

Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the official Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.

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Take a look at these books at the Peaceful Ways online store

http://peacefulways.org/store/

Book Cover Image

– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

Pay Attention Book Cover

– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

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– “Silent Peace Walk”

www.PieroFalci.com

www.SilentPeaceWalk.org

www.PeacefulWays.org


 

 

Appreciating or Wanting?

I fluctuate between wanting the present moment to be different than it is, and appreciating it exactly as it is, with all it brings. I fluctuate between wanting to be better and appreciating myself just as I am.

My default mode seems to be the wanting one. I have this unending desire to be a better man. I want to be a kinder, gentler, more generous, patient, and peaceful human being, and this desire constantly propels me to do more, read more, study more, meditate more, reflect more, and write more.  And because I believe this pursuit to be a worthy and noble one — and one that can be reached through work — I keep doing the things I believe will bring me closer to the desirable goal.

But, unfortunately, while in the middle of doing all these things, I constantly forget to remind myself that this pursuit to be better has no end, because no matter where I may be, improvement is always possible. And since I am pursuing a target that is constantly moving — and is always ahead of me — this unending struggle can be exhausting! So I have to pause and ask myself, “Do I really need to be more? Do I really need to do more? Can’t I find contentment with myself as I am? Am I not enough already? What am I chasing?” I need to remind myself that no matter how noble the goal may be, a chase is always a chase, and every pursuit is a struggle.

Those times when I am able to switch from the wanting mode to the appreciative mode, I realize that everything is fine, and that I don’t need to be any different; I don’t need to be more, or do more. I realize that expressing my uniqueness — which is revealed through living with authenticity — is the best thing I can do, the best contribution I can give to the world. But to get out of the wanting mode in order to live more in the appreciative mode, I need to practice. I need to remember to live mindfully, and as the saying goes, “It is not difficult to be mindful. What’s difficult is to remember to be mindful!” Practice is needed. I have to remind myself to pay attention to the here-now, and appreciate whatever the present moment may bring. I have to remind myself to follow my bliss and find joy in all that I do.

I notice a lack of balance: I spend too much time striving, and not enough time appreciating. I spend too much time demanding a lot from myself, and not enough time pampering myself.

Enough with all the striving! Time to switch modes! I am enjoying the present moment, this moment, right here, right now, in all its beauty.

My body is healthy. My mind is clear. My heart is joyful. And my soul is serene.


 

Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the official Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.

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Take a look at these books at the Peaceful Ways online store

http://peacefulways.org/store/

Book Cover Image

– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

Pay Attention Book Cover

– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

Silent_Peace_Walk_Cover_for_Kindle

– “Silent Peace Walk”

www.PieroFalci.com

www.SilentPeaceWalk.org

www.PeacefulWays.org