Snowy Early Evening Thoughts
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Obstacle = something that stands in the way of progress or achievement
Or is it
In its perfection
To a deeper,
Why are we taught
Here’s Marcus Aurelius, that light-hearted, loosey-goosey dude, who says:
“The impediment to action advances action.
What stands in the way becomes the way.”
I don’t even know
I pick up the idea
Like Swami Kripalu
You pick up the bead,
Sitting with the guru,
A big group of us
In the Shadowbrook Room.
He sat up front
In the big,
His tan velour robe
He said something like:
“As soon as you make a commitment to something,
You can be sure of one thing…”
I was riveted,
Upright and available
For the message.
“Yes,” he said, “You can be sure of resistance.”
I was bummed out.
I wanted some more
The human fray.
Nope. It was an invitation into the fray.
“The function of yoga
On and off the mat
Is to purify
No, I don’t want that.
I want freedom
Practice is working.
Rumi, of course, gets it and offers it back to us, perfectly.
Here it is, here’s Rumi, in 25 words or less, the truth is landed:
“Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find
all the barriers
that you have built against it.”
Here’s an example.
I was most inspired by this post on my dearest friend, Callie’s page.
The spaciousness and the love with which he can see his daughter, rather than attacking the obstacle—
Here it is:
Dwayne Wade, basketball player-extraordinaire, offers these words to his 15-year-old trans daughter. Who just legally became Zaya…
“As your father, all I’ve wanted to do was get it right,” he said.
“I’ve sat back and watched how gracefully you’ve taken on the public scrutiny, and even though it’s not easy, I watched you walk out of that house every morning as yourself.
I admire how you’ve handled the ignorance in our world. I admire what you face every day.
As your father, my job isn’t to create a version of myself or direct your future, my role is to be a facilitator to your hopes, your wishes, and your dreams,” Dwyane continued.
“Zaya, you’ve made me a better human just simply by being who you were born to be – a baby girl, Zaya Wade.”
Words of Dwanye Wade
Some music for our souls:
Playing for Change, Playing for Peace
Friends, with love.
Friends, with gratitude.
Friends, with wise hope—