Walking On

Lyrics

Looking around, the same old sound
always trying cover new ground
But all that I've found
is we chase after the same old thing
trying to be the queen and the king
leading to a conflicting
state of affairs
coz all of our cares
stare us in the face
unable to replace
the fact we're trapped inside a case
divine design of the rivers of time
rise of the sunshine with the tick and the chime
makes the prime life line ever in a decline
so I need to refine so I can align
with the one most high,
who keeps his eye
on the journey that turns me
into what I need to be
free
from the blocks of the heart
no time to restart
so I'll follow the chart

Don't know where I'll go
and where I've been
But I'll keep walking on

This life journey
can sometimes sting
But we'll keep walking on

Revolution's in your mind my friend
conscious evolution designed to mend
We've got to explore, even in the face of fear
There's more than one door, and it's not fully clear
billions people and each one has a different view
So their right and wrong might be different to you
black mixed with white makes shades of grey
but you've tainted your sight anyway
each day you decide
to judge based on pride
or to judge just to hide
your own flaws, your own faults
locked behind the doors of steel vaults
poisons the heart
and then assaults
your innate sense of right
scared to face the light
easier to spite
and bark and bite

Don't criticize til you see through anothers eyes
Don't criticize til you see through anothers eyes

Don't know where I'll go
and where I've been
But I'll keep walking on

This life journey
can sometimes sting
But we'll keep walking on

Reaching peaks and slamming dips
As the magical sound adorns my lips
see the beauty of His presence in all
He holds us tight so we don't fall

Don't know where I'll go
and where I've been
But I'll keep walking on

This life journey
can sometimes sting
But we'll keep walking on


Lyrics/Production/Video: Mike Jones
Special thanks to Tom Morris for the camerawork
Thanks to the amazingly talented Dub FX for some of the samples

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Inspiration

The Vedic yoga texts recommend many spiritual principles that, if followed (especially by the intelligent classes of society), would create a very pleasing atmosphere for everybody. Four principles frequently mentioned are truthfulness, cleanliness, austerity, and compassion. Unfortunately the same texts also state that these qualities are diminishing as time goes on.

Walking On was inspired by my desire to embrace the principle of truthfulness in my own spiritual journey, at least within myself (it is so easy to lie even to oneself).

Fanaticism can very easily take hold, even when someone has something beautiful they want to share. In the zeal to convert others to ones way of thinking (out of compassion), it is easy to forget that what works for us may not work for others at their stage of growth. Certainly there are basic spiritual principles that are universal, just as there are universal physical laws, but sometimes the details are different according to the situation the person finds themselves in.

This song expresses my realization that the only thing I am sure of in my journey through life is my own internal emotional experience. I can scientifically observe the things that work for me in the laboratory of my own consciousness (and what doesn't).

It is very easy to allow others to dictate the way we should live. Although it is necessary to receive advice and guidance from those more experienced than ourselves (in nearly every field of life), ultimately we have to fly our own planes. So if we find something doesn't resonate with our hearts, and actually detriments our spiritual life, then that needs to be dropped. And we should embrace those things that give us life, increase our spiritual qualities such as the four mentioned above, and ultimately the love we have in our hearts. Life is too short for anything else.

If I am honest with myself, I don't know what the future holds. I have optimism it will be for my benefit and is worth 'walking on' to experience it, but I personally have no predictive capacity. Similarly, I am not sure of everything that has happened in the past or the situations I have been placed in. The fallible nature of memory aside, none of us are privy to all the details, even of situations we remember vividly. How often do we presume we understand a situation and then later have an entirely different perspective when receiving fresh information? The best we can do is focus on the present with an open mind (and heart) and walk on, whether we are in happiness or distress. Kṛṣṇa gives this great wisdom to Arjuna in the yoga text Bhagavad-gītā:

O son of Kuntī, the nonpermanent appearance of happiness and distress, and their disappearance in due course, are like the appearance and disappearance of winter and summer seasons. They arise from sense perception, O scion of Bharata, and one must learn to tolerate them without being disturbed. (Bhagavad-gītā 2.14)

The most useful utilization of our time is to focus on overcoming the things holding us back, developing spiritual qualities within ourselves, and grabbing on tightly to the essence of spiritual life who keeps us walking on.

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