You are all as much extraordinary phenomena of nature as say trees, clouds, the patterns in running water, the shape of fire, the form of the galaxy.
We have all become so very adept at noticing what is "wrong" with ourselves...that we're not quite good enough...that we fret and worry...we make mistakes, poor choices ...have lapses in judgment. And this is because we have all been, as Alan Watts puts it, "bamboozled" into attempting to live up to others' values and expectations instead of finding our own path to paradise.
But, you know how soulfully we revere a flower...
which breaks the earth when it is ready in sleepy nods,
stretches to the sky under the watchful eye of the sun and beautiful breezes,
blossoms open in perfect resonance with nature's invitation,
generously releases its delicate scent upon the surrounding spectators...
Watts says we are every bit as extraordinary as that gorgeous phenomenon of floral magnificence...doing its thing...BEing a flower...
as WE authentically act from deep within our own hearts.
We do not judge the flower for its flower"ness" nor criticize its moves. There is no floral bashing. Nothing for the flower to be chastised for.
A flower is what it is...a flower. And a flower does what flowers do.
And Watts is saying that WE ARE what we are...physical specimens, human beings...and WE DO what human beings do. We sing, we play, we strive, we stumble, we rejoice, we grieve and it is...all of it...our Journey.
Our wonderful, magnificent Journey!
Whatever we are doing…it’s part of what’s going on and Watts says it’s Time to Wake Up to this and adapt the Japanese concept of Judo which means The Gentle Way.
Watts advises...Do not condemn, criticize, judge yourself…but rather accept that this is part of the flow. Accept this. In Watts' words...Go along with it. Go along with it.
And, while we are doing what humans do, while we are BEing extraordinary phenomena of nature, I feel we need to celebrate ourselves...all of us...all of our moves...every one...
for in those moves we are growing, shedding, embracing, becoming, remembering...doing what we do...as do the flowers, the trees, the clouds, water, fire, the galaxy.
The moves we make are not missteps though we may perceive them to be.
They are the unfolding...and, in some cases....the unraveling...they are
The BLOSSOMING of Our Lives...and they are, every step in every direction, magnificent opportunities for our evolution.
WE are a manifestation of the Journey to beauty and joy and truth...
and every move we make in the direction of that glorious goal is what we are innately designed to do...grow...learn...and...Love.
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