The heart at rest sees a feast in everything. ~ Hindu Proverb
Do you see the feast in this video?
Cherry blossoms releasing from the tree in the wind.
A flower blessing.
An unexpected shower of beauty.
A fragrant and soft caress.
Or perhaps you experience the other side?
The tree losing its blossoms.
The loss of beauty.
The petals sticking to face, hair, patio furniture…
When the heart is at rest, the mind, too, can be at rest,
and open our perception to the truth of what is.
Now you’re probably expecting me to say it’s better to see the lovely things related to the loss of the blossoms, but I’ve had to learn the hard way that
all of it is true.
When we focus on only one side—the “blessing” or the “curse”—we miss the preciousness of the moment.
We miss the fullness of life, right here, right now.
We miss being at rest with what is.
What if we just stopped struggling?
The rest of the words to that song by Kaitie Ty Warren include: “What if I let it go?” “Can I surrender?”
What would happen if we stopped struggling with what life brings us? What if we met it just as it is, felt any pain, and opened to the beauty and blessing, too?
What might change in your life?
If you want to practice seeing things just as they are, I’d love to have you join my upcoming tea gathering, Sunday June 10th, from 4:00-5:30: