Thursday, 20 January 2011
This tree in all it's glory took my breath away. I felt an immediate connection to the tree, but it's taken me awhile to understand why.
I now realize that for me, this tree is life affirming.
It just IS. Everything about the tree is open and displayed. It's showing it's light! Through that light, you can almost hear it saying "this is who I am. I've got nothing to hide".
And, isn't that what we are here to do as well? It's like getting a life lesson without a word being spoken or a sound being uttered. But the lesson is there just the same. It's a whisper in the wind or a sparkle in the light, available to anyone who takes the time to listen. It's a reflection or mirror of what's written on our souls.
I love trees in general. They move without any resistance and show us how to flow with life. If you sat for a time and just watched them do their dance, you'd understand what I mean. They share the same life force as we do, but the grace that comes with acceptance of all that is, is inherit in their nature. In all of nature for that matter. There is no ego, no doubt, no fear, no striving to be, no shame or guilt. There is just existence in a natural state of grace.
Our goal is to find that peace within and conduct our selves from that state of being. Not so easy when you've got an ego to contend with, placing labels and limits on our being. We strive to be this or that, always with the aim to be the best, the biggest, the richest, the prettiest, and on and on. We get so focused on our goals that we limit our abilities to be so much more than what we think we ought to be.
I'm taking a lesson from this tree, and removing the labels I've placed on myself. My focus moving forward is learning to just be.
My Affirmation: I AM
I am everything, and I am nothing.
I am Sandra, Sandy, Sand, Sam and Sis.
I am a child, a daughter, a sister, a cousin, a friend.
I am strong and weak, happy and sad, silly and serious.
I am brilliant and ignorant, focused and oblivious.
I am a warrior, a victim, a leader and a servant.
I am independent and powerful, dependent and powerless.
I am soft and feminine, hard and masculine.
I am resilient, breakable, flexible and rigid.
I am adventurous and scared, popular and lonely.
I am divine in nature, and evil in intent.
I am a mother without a child, yet I nurture.
I am a wife without a husband, yet I love.
I am a lover without a partner, yet I feel.
I am an artist without a canvas, yet I paint a picture.
I am a photographer without a camera, yet I capture with my eyes.
I am a musician without an instrument, yet I still play.
I am a writer without a story, yet I tell one everyday.
I am a doctor without a degree, yet I can heal with words and touch.
I am a leader without a following, yet I reign over my domain.
I am you and you are me. We are one.
I am here because of you.
I am here in spite of you.
I am here at your request and you are here at mine.
I am whatever you want me to be.
I fulfill a need for you and you fulfill a need for me.
My emotions are a reflection of you.
Your emotions are a reflection of me.
It matters not where we are in time and space or whether we’ve even met.
We still have an influence on one another.
Every decision I make impacts you and every decision you make impacts me.
I am responsible for you and you are responsible for me.
We are nothing without each other.
The whole idea of being anything makes no sense because we are everything. It is our birthright - our reason for being.
So if I am and you are – how are we any different? How can you be this and me that?
The same light that gives me life gives you life as well. It’s that light that makes us one. It’s the same no matter what I am. It has no name, no identity, no ambition and no motive.
It just is and I just am.
Call me what you like, tell me who I am, it changes nothing. I will continue to be everything and nothing.
Picture taken in Washington Park, Portland Japanese Garden (Portland, Oregon)