Life Doesn’t Label Itself

Life doesn’t label itself, one applies what is thought to be the appropriate label to whats occurring. Without the label, life would still occur, but as it truly is, not as it is labeled.

A true understanding of ones own mind is the only way one will ever understand life. It is the only way to truly see the beauty of a sunrise, or to feel the breeze of a crisp fall day. What do you see when there are ducks swimming in a pond or a star filled sky? If one just sees what is there with their eyes and not with their heart, it is a great misgiving because what is seen isn’t truly being described. It is being labeled, but this is not what is truly seen. Does the sunrise describe itself or do does the breeze know its blowing? How about the ducks, are they aware of what they’re doing in the pond and the stars, so many stars, do they know what their function in all of this is? 

Life is always happening. It always is and it always happens, regardless if its labeled or not. It is the place beyond the labeling that life truly happens. It is not stillness or in the quiet or any other label that one calls it. It is just what is there, it is nothing more or nothing less. Ones Conditioned Mind has been programmed to label everything, but it is beyond the labeling mind that life happens. Quietness and stillness are needed, but they aren’t a place to get to, they just are. Quietness, stillness, peace, don’t attach a label and what is left?

Without one single label, everything would still be, without the labeling of ones Conditioned Mind, life still is. It doesn’t need a label to be. If one died right now, life as it is known by I would be over, but understand life itself wouldn’t miss a beat, it would go on. To life, dying is just a part of what occurs, its just the way it is; dying is a natural as birth. So it would just continue as if one never was and it wouldn’t affect life one bit. Life doesn’t label life, humans label life, so understanding oneself without an attached label, is understanding life. As stated earlier this understanding isn’t in the form of any label, its allowing life to do what it does and seeing what is truly going on beyond the labeling process of ones Conditioned Mind. To be or not to be, it doesn’t seem as though life gives a damn either way.

Michael Cupo
I grew up in Newark, New Jersey, one of six children. I have been married for 25 years. I own a home, and I have two children. I have been at the same job for 28 years. I am the happiest I have ever been and it is all because of the Love that has always been in my life. I attribute all that has happened to me to that Love. None of what has transpired in the last five years of my life has anything to do with any accomplishments on my part. There was always a lot of love in our home as I grew up, but for reasons unknown to me at the time I was always in trouble. I was at the top of my brother-in-law’s “Who My Sister Shouldn’t Marry” list. I drank alcoholically, gambled, abused drugs and painkillers. I bounced from relationship to relationship. Even after I stopped abusing alcohol and drugs in 1987, my so-called outer troubles stopped, but my self-centered behavior never changed. All I did was substitute one compulsion for another. Although my addiction became more respectable—taking the form of material possessions—I was still trapped, migrating restlessly from one obsession to another. I went to Twelve Step meetings, derived some benefit from them, and then fell away. My loved ones got me into de-tox and rehab programs. But once I was released, the cycle of insatiable craving started all over again. This cycle seemed to work for me . . . until it didn’t. And then my life changed — not instantly or magically, but profoundly. I share this change in It’s Monday Only in Your Mind: You Are Not Your Thoughts. I discovered that I wasn’t dependent upon a substance or activity, but ruled by my ego. My need to reach outside myself for fulfillment was created by a false perception of deficiency. If this sense of lack didn’t exist in me, there wouldn’t have been a need to reach and grasp. My credentials for writing this book are simply that I live this change each day. My view of life is so different from the way it used to be. Through the practice outlined in my book, I have learned to quiet my mind enough to allow my heart to open. The quieter my mind becomes, the more Love becomes the default setting of my life. This is truly a modern-day miracle, a miracle that can happen to anyone who has the urge to change.
Michael Cupo

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