“The mind always wants to say, ‘Which one of these is right?’ And you usually choose based on your preconceived ideas of which choice is right or good for the world. This is a deception. The mind doesn’t know. Just as life can be an oak tree, a pond, a rock, or a car, it can be a very active or a very passive life, all of it coming from the same source.” Adyashanti in Emptiness Dancing
This is the most gorgeous tree in our neighborhood this Autumn. It contains every shade of yellow. This picture was taken a few days ago and now almost all the leaves are gone. I’m so grateful I got to witness it.
As I sat under it the other day I wondered, what if this tree doesn’t recognize it’s beauty? What if instead it thinks, I want to be red. I really should be red. Life isn’t fair. I was born to be red. I’ll pray really hard everyday and maybe next year I’ll turn red. And why have I lost so many leaves already? That tree over there still has all its leaves? I want mine back? I miss the tree I used to be. Something is wrong with me.
Do trees toil like that? What a waste of life if they do. They’re totally missing the truly magnificent experience of Life in the unique form of a tree. Most of us are totally missing it too: our unique, individual beauty in the expression of human form – yet all stemming from the same universal, divine being.
Everything is a manifestation of the One source, expressed in unique ways. What a paradoxical gift to be all the same and very different. That’s why comparison is so futile. Comparing your expression of life to another human is just as ridiculous as comparing your life to a tree. Just let the Source move through your experience as it will. That’s what it’s going to do anyway. You can choose to resist and struggle, or relax and flow. Do you feel that?