Namaste this Mindful Monday, Beautiful Beings in the Circle of Love!
Bright, bountiful blessing to you & yours at this Equinox time, another sacred turning of the wheel … From our interfaith inspirations, we know that yesterday’s marker of equal day & night is shepparded by Mabon, here for fall harvest, and across the globe by Ostara for all things seeds & spring. The Equinox is nature’s reminder of balance; we have been especially tuned into this meditative, miraculous message all month …
Indeed, our interfaith inspirations always have so many layers of wisdom we can call upon. Today, in our circle of Oneness, we look to Buddhism. There is an old Buddhist/Chinese proverb about the old man who tries to save a drowning scorpion. He reaches out several times to rescue the scorpion and is stung. Found and quoted from the online Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia: At that moment, a passerby saw the old man stretched out on the roots struggling with the scorpion and shouted: “Hey, stupid old man, what’s wrong with you? Only a fool would risk his life for the sake of an ugly, evil creature. Don’t you know you could kill yourself trying to save that ungrateful scorpion?”
The old man turned his head. Looking into the stranger’s eyes he said calmly, “My friend, just because it is the scorpion’s nature to sting, that does not change my nature to save.”
There are a few slightly different versions floating around ~ such as after being stung a few times, he gets a leaf to transport the scorpion out of harms way ~ thus, taking caution to protect himself. Some spiritual folk I know talk of transmuting the pain to ectasy. After all, we don’t want to feel the pain, right? Yet, the concept of Oneness beckons us to go even deeper … yes, we have in our nature both the capacity to sting and to help just as we all have known pain and ectasy. There is a reason there are so many polar opposites in this circle of life … because they act to create the greatness of the whole.
Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh has given the world many profound words of oneness & mindful living through his being, his ministry, his books like The Miracle Of Mindfulness. Here is a very powerful poem that speaks to the circle of life that connects us all and lives in each one of us. It is around & about on the internet but I have copied it from EarthLight ~ thank you!
Please Call Me By My True Names by Thich Nhat Hanh
Don’t say that I will depart tomorrow-
even today I am still arriving.
Look deeply: every second I am arriving
to be a bud on a Spring branch,
to be a tiny bird, with still-fragile wings,
learning to sing in my new nest,
to be a caterpillar in the heart of a flower,
to be a jewel hiding itself in a stone.
I still arrive, in order to laugh and to cry,
to fear and to hope.
The rhythm of my heart is the birth and death
of all that is alive.
I am a mayfly metamorphosing
on the surface of the river.
And I am the bird
that swoops down to swallow the mayfly.
I am a frog swimming happily in the clear water of a pond.
And I am the grass-snake that silently feeds itself on the frog.
I am the child in Uganda,
all skin and bones,my legs as thin a bamboo sticks.
And I am the arms merchant,
selling deadly weapons to Uganda.
I am the twelve-year-old girl,
refugee on a small boat,
who throws herself into the ocean
after being raped by a sea pirate.
And I am the pirate,
my heart not yet capable
of seeing and loving.
My joy is like Spring, so warm
it makes flowers bloom all over the Earth.
My pain is like a river of tears,
so vast it fills the four oceans.
Please call me by my true names,
so I can hear all my cries and laughter at once,
so I can see that my joy and pain are one.
Please call me by my true names,
so I can wake up
and the door of my heart
could be left open,
the door of compassion.
Ah, though we may not want to be called by the name of the pirate, in the circle of life and Love, it is indeed one of our true names. In the fullness of the experience of existence, we have so many, many names, as this brilliant Buddhist poet so powerfully points out. And as we mindfully balance all of our infinite blessings and challenges, may we weave in this deeper understanding of Oneness. Watching our children grow up is one consistent way, the door of our hearts is always being opened. Parenting is the Creator’s gift to us & through us as we embody unconditional Love & compassion for our children, it is renewed within ourselves.
Last week’s Mindful Meditation Invitation, was to employ our A’s of acceptance and allowance in all ~ reverently remembering the divine Love we truly be and that Awareness + Appreciation = Abundance! I felt more abundant through my appreciation & gratitude, how about you?! For this week’s Mindful Meditation Invitation, let’s see ourselves in more sides of the circle!
If it helps balance your circle of Love, take a playful, prayerful moment with us each day on our Play & Pray Calendar at New Thought Families. And we are still moving forward with faith & fortitude for our online offerings ~ more on that next mindful Monday ~ but do check out our new Family Creativity branch of the Leaping Literacy Online Library here! And we’d love it if you would take a mindful moment for our Sacred Service Survey here! ~ Take the survey & get a free download of our In Our Hands CD!
Thank you so much for ALL sides of you and all you bring & hold & share here in the circle of life & Love. Namaste, Love!