You must learn to understand the secret of gratitude.
It is more than just so-called virtue.
It is revealed to you as a mysterious law of existence.
In obedience to it we have to fulfill our destiny.
the weight of inner awareness seeps between a narrow link in the chain…..it’s endearing really….how sweetly we close in…..our highest self reveals itself in how we acknowledge the narrow spaces…..to live as softly as possible with passion is the soul’s code of oneness….may you seek a stewardship of soul….
In the Midst of Pain
Once, not long ago, it was a hearty tree
providing shade, food, and oxygen-
a world of its own.
For a hundred years,
it flourished with breath and life.
Then it was cut, sawed, ground, and pressed
until it found itself resting softly
between two friends.
Peacefully and patiently
it waited for the moment
it would burst forth into the world
and exercise the meaning of its life.
And now that moment has come.
It gracefully caresses my cheek,
wiping the tears from my eyes
and taking on my pain as its own
All those years
as seed, tree, wood
in preparation for the fleeting moment
it would console my sadness.
As it gives its life to comfort me
I almost failed to see the kindness in its deed.
Wrapped up in self-centered pain, tear-blinded,
I nearly missed its selfless service.
Who will give witness to such compassion if not me?
Shriveled and soaked, it died while serving a fool
who discarded thousands of its brothers and sisters
without a thanks- not one tear shed in gratitude.
Teach me to see through the teardrop,
that in the midst of pain
I may understand the true source
of the softness against my face.
Teach me to cry with my eyes wide open.
This connectedness that I felt, this experience, that I didn’t have to protect or defend my little self. I was more connected and I was just me and it’s ok to be so limited. I’m usually so overwhelmed by realizing how limited I am. It’s just unbearable. I want to be limitless. So for me, I had this extraordinary experience of being absolutely ok, being this limited little person. Therapy tried to help me feel better about myself and all the while the answer for me was to recognize my shortcomings and feel better about the world…..Lucy Appleton