23 August 2018
This morning’s thought:
Every day, if we are awake to it, we can come across numerous clues about the Great Riddle of Life — you know, the brain-teasing, heart-stretching enigmas that tap on our shoulder, messages from our higher “I”. So be alert! Revelations may arrive from unexpected sources & inadvertent teachers. Even seemingly insignificant events may be pregnant with pithy hints. To cultivate the right kind of receptivity, be on the lookout not only for crisp answers, but also for ideas about how to formulate the Great Riddle more clearly.
Imagine that your life is a detective story. The goal is not to solve a crime, but to solve the mystery of why we’re here on earth, so we can carry out the special mission we’ve come to accomplish. Admit it, sometimes you go for months without even looking for clues; sleepwalking through the world, reacting blindly to the tricks that the gods use to try to wake us up.
Then there are those phases when hot leads & fresh evidence pop up all over the place, convincing you beyond a doubt that magic is one of the fundamental properties of reality. This, my friend, is one of *those* times.
For years now, I’ve been trying to cultivate a more mature relationship with ‘obstacles’. I work to see them less as punishments doled out by adversaries, & more as interesting, growth-inducing challenges provided by a generous universe – Opportunities to practice equanimity, & pour love onto those that I bump up against in my striving to balance karma. Throughout the day as I live into the meditations of my ideals to give selflessly with no expectation, or worldly reward, I say: YES, today I am ready for the next big breakthrough in my noble struggle to refine how I struggle.
“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.”
Margaret Atwood – The Penelopiad
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