“Everything is waiting for you” by David Whyte
Your great mistake is to act the drama as if you were alone. As if life were a progressive and cunning crime with no witness to the tiny hidden transgressions. To feel abandoned is to deny the intimacy of your surroundings. Surely, even you, at times have felt the grand array; the swelling presence, and the chorus, crowding out your solo voice.
You must note the way the soap dish enables you, or the window latch grants you freedom.
Alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity. The stairs are your mentor of things to come, the doors have always been there to frighten you and invite you, and the tiny speaker in the phone is your dream ladder to divinity.
Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into the conversation. The kettle is singing even as it pours you a drink, the cooking pots have left their arrogant aloofness and seen the good in you at last. All the birds and creatures of the world are unutterably themselves.
Everything, everything, everything is waiting for you.
To hear David Whyte‘s deep TedTalk about how to be in conversation with yourself and the world (and some more of his poetry), see below:
Despite being named Mandala Reflections, this blog hasn’t taken the time to devote a ton of information about the circular gems. So here is a quickie for you!
#One: A quote from Pema Chodren’s new book that captures the beauty of the mandala. (Thank you, Mary for sharing!)
“Each person’s life is like a mandala- a vast, limitless circle. We stand in the center of our own circle, and everything we see, hear and think forms the mandala of our life. We enter a room, and the room is our mandala. We get on the subway, and the subway car is our mandala, down to the teenager checking messages on her iPhone and the homeless man slumped in the corner. We go for a hike in the mountains, and everything as far as we can see is our mandala: the clouds, the trees, the snow on the peeks, even the rattlesnake coiled in the corner. We’re lying in a hospital bed, and the hospital is our mandala. We don’t set it up, we don’t get to choose what or who shows up in it. It is, As Chogyam Trungpa said, ‘the mandala that is never arranged but is always complete.’ And we embrace it just as it is. Everything that shows up in your mandala is a vehicle for your awakening. From this point of view, awakening is right at your fingertips continually. There’s not a drop of rain or a pile of dog poop that appears in your life that isn’t the manifestation of enlightened energy, that isn’t a doorway to sacred world. But it’s up to you whether your life is a mandala of neurosis or a mandala of sanity.”
(From Pema’s newest book, Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change)
(Photo and mandala coloring courtesy of K. Higgins)
#Two: Some former classmates of mine are putting on a workshop on Mandalas late February! You should really consider attending if you are interested in learning more about them and how you can utilize them in your life. They are charging $25 for this workshop – an incredible value for being in community with and learning about a fascinating topic from incredibly knowledgeable women. (They dedicated their master’s research project to the very topic of mandalas – very juicy stuff ;)). For more information on the event, check out their Facebook event page.
Right before Thanksgiving, I had the opportunity to check out the documentary, Somewhere Between. I really had no expectations, other than to maybe be enlightened by a film filled with insightful commentary about international/transracial adoption.
Being a person that was adopted from Korea, I have self-interest in this topic but was most drawn to this comment about the film: “These four wise-beyond-their-years, yet typical American teens, reveal a heartbreaking sense of self-awareness as they attempt to answer the uniquely human question, ‘Who am I?‘” When I saw that description I thought it fit well with my own personal journey and Mandala Reflections – where individual stories overlap and become one with the whole.
Well what came from the movie showing was less informative and more thought-provoking for me. Just what I needed at that time. (Hint of sarcasm? Maybe not).
If you enjoy raw stories and real people, maybe who are different from you, or maybe not so different, then I highly recommend this movie to help you think outside the box – and to maybe stir up your thoughts about what it means to be part of a family and how your being and connection/disconnection to your family may impact your world. I won’t say too much more other than my biggest takeaway from the movie is how family, community, and culture interplay and create and recreate the people we are today. That’s powerful stuff, if you ask me. And it just might make you cry for better or for worse.
For a teaser, check out the trailer below. Otherwise check here for a showing near you.