It really is a beautiful day on The Path today. Pure blue skies and the brightest sunshine and yet it has taken me half of the journey to look up and smell the roses, so to speak. One could say I have been preoccupied and consumed by my own thoughts. Or more specifically, niggling doubts and fears. Do I follow the "expert" advice of others or do I listen to my own inner guidance? I prefer to do the latter but does that make me arrogant, or foolish perhaps?
The whole point of The Path is to let go of thinking and to clear the mind. This alone is enough to deeply reconnect us with our inherent health and wholeness. However, it is natural to take in our surroundings as we walk through life (if only to prevent ourselves from tripping over) but with a little gentle awareness it can also be incredibly enlightening. Although deep wisdom is available to us wherever we may be I notice the quieter and calmer the surroundings the more we are able to hear what it is our inner voice wants us to know. Hence, the beauty of walking in nature. And so, along with the added benefits of fresh air and exercise, The Path came into being.
At the point of looking up, I see someone approaching on the path ahead and step aside to let them pass. Suddenly, I find myself entangled in a bush of thorns. I have to smile as I carefully unhook myself in several places. So this is the wisdom of the path today. A message to unhook myself from the drama in my head. Now free to carry on my merry way I realise my question has been answered. Nice one!
What is standing out for you today? A colour, a song, a smell, a fallen tree, the trash? Whatever it is, know that it is a reflection of what is going on deep inside. A metaphor. A personal in-sight. Information that is not always accessible through the rational mind alone. We cannot get it wrong. We cannot misinterpret the signs. It matters not what meaning an "expert" might assign as much as what it means to us. When we notice and acknowledge our deepest feelings, whether they be painful, joyful, or somewhere in-between, we are reconnecting with our own down-to-earth wisdom.
In what ways are you un-earthing the wisdom of your own path today ?
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