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Journeys of the soul…

Enlightening cold…

on January 26, 2012

I read this poem this morning by a japanese zen master Ryokan, with a smile:

Too lazy to be ambitious,
I let the world take care of itself.
Ten days’ worth of rice in my bag;
a bundle of twigs by the fireplace.
Why chatter about delusion and enlightenment?
Listening to the night rain on my roof,
I sit comfortably, with both legs stretched out.

Isn’t it a wonderful image? That enlightenment isn’t in words and doing or trying too hard. Perhaps it is in not doing as much, living simply and sometimes taking the time to simply sit comfortably with both legs stretched out.

Even though I love writing about being mindful, my husband reminded me yesterday, that if I was mindful why did I have to do all the extra work I did in spite of having a bad cold and a voice like Mogambo in Mr. India. He was right. I talk about making space to be, and I do it diligently to the best of my ability. I also like getting things done! and accomplishment is one of my favorite things – even if it is sometimes just finishing the grocery shopping or making the dinner. Perhaps that is why I believe in the discipline of a practice: otherwise how would people like me, doers essentially, learn to relax? Even relaxation needs setting aside of time!

And every now and then, we stop trying so hard. We realize we can drop all the stuff we carry and let the world take care of itself. and we can pause to have that hot tea and read poetry and take our time in the shower. We can listen to the night rain and not have to apologize. It helps if we have somebody to remind us that it is okay to do this. This morning, it was Abhi for me. Maybe I can be that for you.

With love, S.

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5 responses to “Enlightening cold…

  1. Be blessed Be Grateful

  2. this write is that for me now … I have been trying hard to be the do gooder to all .. I guess its not time to stop that , but may be trying to ease that too hard bit !

  3. LG says:

    I am just envious of you- that you think of such things in the midst of daily routine. I seem to be just drifting, carried aimlessly by the strong current of life.

  4. Shuba says:

    well said, Anu! And LG, we all have moments of drifting. I’m no different. WE also have moments of connection and I’m one of those people who live for these moments..even if precious few.. may you be well!

    warmly, S.

  5. A says:

    Subha your thoughts are beautiful.

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