The Way…

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That which cannot be seen is called invisible.
That which cannot be heard is called inaudible.
That which cannot be held is called intangible.
These three cannot be defined;
therefore, they are merged as one.

Each of these is subtle for description.
By intuition you can see it,
hear it,
and feel it.
Then the unseen,
unheard,
and untouched
are present as one.

Its rising brings no dawn,
its setting no darkness;
It goes on and on, unnameable,
returning into nothingness.

Approach it and there is no beginning;
Follow it and there is no end.
You cannot know it, but you can be it,
at ease in your own life.

Discovering how things have always been
brings one into harmony with the Way.

–  Tao Te Ching, Verse 14 by Lao Tzu –

This verse by Lao Tzu is taken out from Living the Wisdom of The Tao by Dr Wayne Dyer. It really spoke to me and made me think about trust and trusting in something bigger than us. There is a Higher Intelligence to Life that is always working for us yet we are conditioned from a young age to believe differently – unless we see it we cannot believe it right?

What if that which we are seeking was always there all long waiting for us to open the door of awareness to bring forth that which we always have been?

I am allowing the space of inquiry as I take in the energy of this verse and invite you to do the same if it calls to you.

Have a great week.

Love and light,
Lisa

 

 

Be My Guest…

The Guest House by Rumi

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This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honourably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

I absolutely love this poem by Rumi and like to revisit it from time to time. I came across it about four years ago on a mindfulness course. It was a revelation at the time as it taught me new ways of relating to myself and what’s going on in my body and mind. I was at the very early stages of my spiritual path and was beginning to make connections of how the body and mind were linked. After being taught otherwise for most of my life, this was amazing to realise. Even so, I find that no matter how far along the path you are, it is still good to be reminded of the basics and come back to what you once knew.

We all want to feel good yet no matter how positive you are things can creep up on you. It’s part of being human. I don’t always like some of the things that do creep up but I try to make a conscious effort to invite them in like Rumi says in his poem. I try to lighten it up by envisaging a tea party situation in my head. If joy knocks on the door I go hey come on in and have a cuppa. With each feeling I may have on a particular day I do the same to each one including the eeekky ones, especially the eeekky ones. I have to admit I do get a bit hesitant at first. If it’s a depression or shame or guilt or something on those lines I want them to go away but I figure if I ignore them they will never go away so I say hey, what gift do you have for me today… come on in and join the party. They all get a special party hat and converse with each other. Yes, this really does go on in my head sometimes but I don’t mind sharing if it’s helps somebody reading this. Either that or you can embrace the crazy madness inside my head 🙂 It all turns out well in the end.

Sending many blessings your way.

Love and light,
Lisa

 

 

The Tao of Yasmin: 1

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Yasmin’s wisdom:
“The light and the dark are one of the same. Let nature take its course.”

My blog wouldn’t be complete unless there was reference to cats at some point. Being the crazy cat lady that I am I, well, love cats and proud of it 🙂 They intrigue me and I can relate to them in so many ways. The picture above is of my beloved Earth Angel Yasmin. As I watched her last night in the garden I couldn’t resist taking a picture. She looked in such a deep state of bliss next to the goji berry plant. She seems to have a fascination for the plant at the moment and loves sleeping next to it. The plant has started flowering so to my friends who are reading this there may be some goji berries coming your way soon. A superfood guarded by a supercat!

The quote above is also the wisdom I received from Yasmin as I connected to her in the garden last night so I wish you a warm welcome to the first instalment of ‘The Tao of Yasmin’.

Have a great week.

Love and light,
Lisa