Thursday, 5 September 2013
The Flower and The Rock
Sitting on the patio today reading "Awake Mind, Open Heart".
The end of the introduction said something to the effect that
seeking or gaining wisdom can be likened to holding a flower against a rock
and hoping the flower will grow.
Apparently this image is to console us
by pointing to the fact that we may be like the rock
but we can be patient and hopeful because even with us,
something will happen over time.
As if to underline the point
next to me on the patio was a pot of stones
into which a single flower from the hanging basket had blown.
All too often our view of ourselves isn't a true one,
and we incline to listen to the critic within,
who is always so busy pointing out
how much better we could and should do,
Who knows what wisdom, truth, love, or beauty,
garnishes our spirit even at this very moment
and we haven't even suspected.
Perhaps this weekend we can find time to befriend ourselves and begin to realise
there is more to us than meets our own critical eye.