The Lesson of the Garden Lily.
I remember one planting bulbs in the garden. A little one had been watching from afar; though, with courage, soon ventured nearer.
“What are those?” she asked, scrinching her nose. It was clear she couldn’t yet see the potential within.
“They’re Stargazer lilies – my favorite,” I said. “And, when they ‘grow up’ they’ll be as big as your head.”
The very next day, I saw her perched by the garden. “I didn’t want to miss it when it happened,” she explained.
It’s so hard to wait, when we know the reward…
When we speak of awareness, we often identify through an aspect of ego – our mind and senses exploring the tangibility of this realization. For this little one sitting alone on the chair, she had already visualized the scent of the bloom. So much so, that she was fearful to miss its ‘becoming’.
In an instant I understood the basis of my practice – that whispers of my truth could be found in these everyday moments.
“This is the real secret of life,” Alan Watts once shared. “To be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.”
And with that spark of realization I did the only thing I knew I should – I pulled up a chair and sat with her as she waited.
In peace, my loves…