By Reverend Mike the Buddhist-Dudeist Priest
One of the tenets of this here church in which I’ve just been ordained, one of the ideals, that some of us strive for (although “strive” sounds awfully tiring…), is to abide. The Dude abides. “If you can keep your head when all about you / Are losing theirs and blaming it on you…You’ll be a man” wrote Kipling. Chill out, relax, man, regardless of the circumstances. “Let it be” sang the Beatles. But how exactly does one accomplish that?
Some ancient wise guy named Dogen (they say he was a “Zen Master”, but the guy had definite Dudeist leanings) wrote that one of the keys to a happy life is to, as he put it, “establish a will to the truth.” In other words, make the truth your number one priority. Understanding and accepting the truth should be your heart’s greatest desire. Keep it real, man. But that’s a real trick, isn’t it?
I’ll be honest. Often times, my heart’s greatest desire was, really, just to be left the hell alone, and not be bothered by the demands or desires of anyone else: To drive from one place to another, without any interference from other drivers, be it their lack of driving skill, or distractedness, or just plain old self-absorption; for people to behave in a way that wasn’t so tiring or taxing, so that I didn’t have to deal with them; for the rain to stop falling; for the wind to stop blowing.
I might as well have wished for flying pink unicorns to shower me with pixie dust, and whisk me off to happy town.
Because let’s be real: Life and the world are gonna do what they’re gonna do regardless of what I personally want them to do. No doubt the universe is unfolding as it should, as the poem goes, and I cannot stop it from happening. Whatever will be, will be. Que sera sera. That’s the long and short of it. That’s the truth. The more we wish otherwise, the degree to which we desire that which is NOT, well, that’s just the definition of “driving yourself crazy,” isn’t it?
I used to think that patience was one of the greatest virtues. But part of the idea of patience involves enduring negativity. Imagine if we took Zen Master Dogen’s advice, and made “the truth” what we honestly and sincerely wanted, more than anything else. Then patience would be totally irrelevant.
Oh, that thing that just happened? Well, that’s what I wanted all along. Isn’t that nice? Come what may, it’s always part of my plan. Things happen, and I abide. I don’t have to endure anything.
Except for Brussels sprouts. Man, I hate those things…
Gary Moeller says
At 73 and a newly ordained Dudeist Priest I continue to learn and grow – all the good things in life are suddenly even better – the bad things happen as they are supposed to – As the song goes, “still crazy after all these years” – Abide. Olde School – Dude and trail walker.
Dudeist Monk says
I don’t try to be patient, it usually involves staying around or continuing to pay attention in some form or another to the thing/person that’s making me impatient. It’s like having to put extra effort into something/one that is trying your patience.
And so, therefore, I defer to a different way of abiding: Just let it go. Recognize what’s trying your patience and just say “fuck it” wherever it’s possible to do so. Wiser fellas than myself have said this (and, apparently, Elsa in Frozen (I don’t know. I’ve never watched it (Honest))) and it’s as true now as it was back in the yonder.
Let it go, man. That shit’ll give you an ulcer.
Beautiful! Thank you! Sharing this. Take er easy and stay true.
colin chatburn says
take it easy
Don Dude Kuhl says
As someone who new to Dudeism, how do I explain to others what abiding means in simple terms? I put the word “ABIDE” on the back fender of my getaway machine(Harley), and I am starting to get questions from people. I have been looking for a simple definition online, but still not sure the best way to get my message across.?
Dudeist Mykel says
To Abide is to breathe in, and breath out, and cough hard at least once a day. ;)
To Abide is to stop fighting the current, just float & let the River of Life take you to the sandy Shores of Contentment.