Sunday, September 6, 2009
A treasure within us
"the easiest thing to be is you".
What a liberating thought!
Many of us can spend years if not a lifetime suppressing our ideas, hopes, and dreams because of fear of not being accepted. This is especially true if we are in anyway 'unique' in thought or action: it is not easy to stand out alone amongst our community (friends, family, religion), there is always an unspoken threat of harsh consequences if we fail to fit in, whether it comes from ridicule, being shunned by others, or direct attack. It takes courage and most of all, a love of self.
Being you should not be such a chore. It should be naturally forthcoming just as a very young child simply "is", however we are taught from early on to suppress our very nature which leads us to lives of unfulfillment.
In denying who we really are, we embrace a life of 'mere contentment'- of mediocrity. It is no wonder so many fall into depression, substance abuse, broken relationships... and just plain dissatisfaction with life in general.
When I think of the abundance we each have within, but which we leave untapped because of this constant conforming to others instead of being ture to ourselves, I think of this story I heard -I am not sure what Eckhart Tolle was alluding to when he told it--but I think of the human spirit within each one of us:
A beggar had been sitting by the side of the road for over thirty years. One day a stranger walked by.
"Spare some change?" mumbled the beggar, mechanically holding out his baseball cap.
"I have nothing to give you," said the stranger. Then he added, "What's that you are sitting on?"
"Nothing," replied the beggar, "Just an old box. I have been sitting on it for as long as I can remember."
"Ever look inside?" asked the stranger.
"What's the point? There's nothing in there."
"Have a look inside," insisted the stranger.
The beggar managed to pry open the lid. With astonishment, disbelief, and elation, he saw the box was filled with gold.