I have decided that trying to increase wholeness is a pursuit worth my life, my love and my soul. Here are five reasons why.
1. Wholeness goes beyond all sides.
Aren’t you sick of sides? By the time I’d come to wholeness as the central commitment of my life, I was sick to death of them. Wholeness is on the side of life and goodness. Period. I don’t care if it comes in the form of black, white, yellow, brown or red people. I don’t care if it comes in the form of American or world culture. I don’t care if it is animal or human, young or old, male or female, gay or straight, liberal or conservative.
When I die, I want life, not some cause, to say “We lost an advocate.” I’m out of the us vs. them game.
2. Living for wholeness is the true purpose of life.
This is what I was made for and all other things are a distraction from it. For this reason, wholism is my only path to self-realization and salvation.
3. Wholeness is something I can be proud to tell the children of the world I lived for.
The future may never know my name, but the people there will look back as we do at what people in the past lived for. A lot of what we live for will be a mark of shame on us. I’ve got enough shame in my life. To the extent that I manage to increase wholeness in the world, I’ll hold my head up high to future humankind.
4. Every time I increase wholeness, I become more whole.
These are one and the same thing. When a bit of kindness or creativity expressed in the world builds me up inside, not just emotionally but wholistically, this is a concrete reminder of my relation to and interconnection with all of creation. So much of what we commit to and believe in is separating and fear-inducing. Wholeness is the opposite. It is connecting and fear-reducing.
5. Living for wholeness makes life more meaningful.
Prison (like a little reflection of our larger culture) hollows people out by giving us small and unworthy things to live for: video day, a little illicit tobacco, a winning lineup on the sports ticket, the med line, and so on.
It eats up our minds and our lives by keeping us trapped in the waves of life, when living for wholeness gets me out of the waves and into the ocean. After almost three decades here my life is still rich with meaning — moreso even than when I was younger — and it’s this commitment to wholeness that makes it so.