You recognize that your mind can never know what is going to happen next, but that is okay, for you know the greatest gift a human can know: the ability to be with Life as it is right now! Instead of thinking and planning your way through Life, you discover how to feel for the energies. ~Mary O'Malley
Imagine that you are in a meadow. Yellow and pink flowers blossoming. Soft green larch needles pet you as you walk by. Pristine mountains surround you. Mirror-like ponds to swim in. Granite rocks warmed by the sun to sit on and dangle your feet in the cold water. Every where you look, the beauty is breath-taking, except for one thing...
Mosquitoes. The mosquitoes are everywhere! They swarm you when you sit down to eat, go to the bathroom, or stop, drop and yoga. They land on you regardless of how much you've tried to protect yourself, or swat at them, or every once in a while, catch one under the palm of your hand. Splat.
This meadow is your life. Your life is beautiful! Soak it up. The mosquitoes are all the shit that happens in your daily life. The tough conversations. The annoying situations. The disrespect. The dishonesty. The negative thoughts. The anxiety, depression, and pain. The constant rushing around. The lack of passion, excitement, and love. It is up to us as conscious homo-sapiens, what our response will be to these "mosquitoes." Do we let them consume our energy to the point that we stop seeing the beauty that is surrounding us? Or do we let the "mosquitoes" be? Let them land on us, stick their needle noses into us, and make us feel something?
This metaphor speaks so loudly to me having just backpacked to the most amazing place in the Northwest - The Enchantments - and lived through this exact scenario. In my experience, the more I let these pesky little things do what they do, the more they left me alone...to some extent. I still came home with probably 50 bites.
Today, I finished Mary O'Malley's book, "What's In the Way IS the Way." In it she talks about "The Meadow of Your Being" being covered over by a cloud bank instead of swarms of mosquitoes. This meadow is always with us, she says, and the more we clear our cloud bank, or become less reactive to the mosquitoes, it can open us up to the five qualities that are at the core of who we are.
I felt my cloud bank dissipate every time I let the mosquitoes be. I would say to them, "I see you, you little bugger!" allowing my thoughts and immediate experience draw close. My heart filled with, oddly enough, some compassion and love for these insects, that eventually brought me to a place of internal stillness as I stopped struggling to fight them off.
Life is Beautiful! You are Beautiful! Let the mosquitoes be, to see what they have to teach us.
I am on the journey to create joy and live with full happiness. And my wish for you is to do the same!
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