Looking straight ahead objects seem so far, yet when I focus I see that they are actually quite near. I think life is like this … everything one has ever wanted, eg: true love … seems so far, yet is so very near. The focus is blurred and skewed ~ a concentrated effort must be made to bring harmony and balance, but first, a recognition that perception is indeed, out of focus.
Walking through life, having a multitude of experience … some which bring joy, some triggering pain of many types … the latter causing a mind to narrow, the heart to shut down, to be somewhat ‘afraid’ to be open, to see a bigger picture. Fear of unpleasantness creates a little cage in which the mind becomes trapped.
The task for those wishing freedom, true freedom, is to step into that fear, to embrace ones self as vulnerability is allowed to come forth, to practice standing tall and strong in the face of that which causes pain. Being exposed one learns to be open and to practice forgiveness ~ of others, and of self. It is a long and difficult process, one which may never end, but without effort no progress will be made at all. This isn’t to say one ought to stand there and be hammered by the same individuals who trigger misery … only as much as we can take and then … Release.
Authenticity requires sensitivity and a willingness to bare the soul. Courage develops here … in a gentle allowing.
“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”
― Bruce Lee