Shine Patiently

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“If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?” ~ Rumi

We are losing patience in our daily modern lives. We are surrounded by instant gratification and everything created in this world now revolves around taking care of it. Look around – we have lost ourselves so much in wanting to be satisfied immediately, that we have forgotten the art of the wait. Nature continuously reminds us at every moment that you need to wait for the best things in life. Fruits cannot appear in a day, nor a butterfly. Everything nature manifested has a reason, time and gestation behind it. Even then, we tend to ignore it as our minds only hanker for instant gratification. Especially when it comes to our senses, we cannot accept anything else but the instant. When we look at ourselves, technology has played a huge role in this process. We are forgotten to slow down and we do not want to remember a day when we had to wait. With relationships, if we do not know what the other person is doing this instant, if they do not answer us – frustration follows. Soon frustration leads to anger and anger leads to irritation and eventually to suspicion. The more we crave for instant gratification, the more relationships break. It might not be just personal relationships – any form of a relationship just breaks as we have lost our patience.

Impatience leads to closing the learning doors. Patience opens them.

The other side of this is the blame game. When we are frustrated we get irritated and the first reaction is to find someone to blame. When we see the blame arises out the need for us to be comfortable – that someone else is responsible and not ourselves – we are just getting covered more and more in our ego. The minute we see that every situation is made for us to learn something, that everyone in our lives is teaching us something, every anger shared amidst us is to polish us, every genuine smile carries a message for us and that all this ends up revealing the true us. If we have to go back to who we are, we must learn from every single thing which happens around us. The truth is that we do not know our true nature as well. We sometimes believe we know who we are, but let’s be honest – we are figuring out who we are, every other day. If not we must feel that way, from today. If we have to reveal ourselves, the first step is to know that we have to first understand what that true person is, then be watchful about every single thing happening to us and take them as helping us reveal ourselves bit by bit.

Opening Up

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Who gets up early to discover the moment light begins? ~ Rumi

There are many things in life we take for granted. Lets begin with something which most of us have – relationships. When we have someone around us, doing something for us – we feel very thankful that it is happening to us may be just for the first few days. After that, once that it becomes a routine, we just take it as normal and even many times take it for granted. This moves as true it is with individuals to other things which are around us. Nature – is the singlemost resource we take for granted. How many times have we thought about where the water comes when we turn our taps in the morning or how thankful are for the bees which we always feel as a disturbance? We even tend to forget the relationships that nature has nurtured for us. As they are available most of the time, we have gotten so used to it. When the nature shows its dissent in some ways, then we tend to realize how small we are compared to this whole manifestation. When everything works well, especially like clockwork we can only assume that it is not going to end nor even comprehend that we will be without it. So, when the inevitable happens what happens in our thought process? The first thing is that we complain – How is it even possible? Why does this person do this to me? I am at suffering and that cause or person is responsible. This is ironical, as in the first place – what you received was only a favor. You felt that favor only for a few moments and forgot that favor part and thought it was part of your goodwill to get it. That is the biggest mistake we all make.

To appreciate every minute, forget the past and live the moment completely, fully.

To become alive, to open up constantly and appreciate what you have – we must not carry the past with us. Only because of the past we assume, take for granted what we already have. If you had to start every minute of yours afresh – everything seems to be a blessing once again. You completely appreciate everything you have, totally in gratitude and life becomes so fulfilling. To open up, simply means to empty. Unless we are empty and willing to receive, there is no point of opening up. We need to be reminded that everything around us happens for a reason and because we have everything around us, we need to be full of gratitude. There are so many beings which do not have the blessing and life that we have. We are fortunate, we have been taken care and we are already abundant. The point is to realize that the past cannot give us anything new, the future cannot promise either – so being in the moment to appreciate fully is our only hope. How do we practice to empty ourselves everyday? We need to give up our beliefs, our prejudices, our assumptions, our hatred, our jealousies, our conditions and our thinking – that is how you empty. The minute you are free from these, you are ready to receive and at the same time look at what we already we have to appreciate every minute of it. It is a very special feeling, it does not give you any tiredness it only opens you up, making you blossom everyday, like a fresh new flower appreciating the moment light begins and being full of gratitude for it.

(If you are interested, this is part of a longer poem by Rumi….which is from “The Essential Rumi” which is below, obviously english translation loses the original charm, but we have only this choice 🙂

Who gets up early
to discover the moment light begins?
Who finds us here circling, bewildered, like atoms?
Who comes to a spring thirsty
and sees the moon reflected in it?
Who, like Jacob blind with grief and age,
smells the shirt of his lost son
and can see again?
Who lets a bucket down and brings up
a flowing prophet?
Or like Moses goes for fire
and finds what burns inside the sunrise?

Jesus slips into a house to escape enemies,
and opens a door to the other world.
Soloman cuts open a fish, and there’s a gold ring.
Omar storms in to kill the prophet
and leaves with blessings.
Chase a deer and end up everywhere!
An oyster opens his mouth to swallow on drop.
Now there’s a pearl.
A vagrant wanders empty ruins.
Suddenly he’s wealthy.

But don’t be satisfied with stories, how things
have gone with others. Unfold
your own myth, without complicated explanation,
so everyone will understand the passage,
We have opened you.

Start walking toward Shams. Your legs will get heavy
and tired. Then comes a moment
of feeling the wings you’ve grown,
lifting.