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Listen…

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Listen…

When I talk, please listen…see past the smile and see the me inside…look beyond the mischief and the provocation…find your way beyond the irritation and the annoyance…

Love me…please…

Inside I am small and scared and lost in a big world that has no guide book or if it does I haven’t learned to read it yet…

Hear me…please…

I keep trying to tell you that I need you on my side, that I am lonely, unsure, frightened, tired…

Love me…

Nothing heals my hurts like your arms around me…

When I fall, I don’t expect you to always be there to catch me, but please make sure that I get back up…sometimes I might just need you to help me up…brush me down…smile & send me on my way…

Love me…

In a crowded room, I am suddenly so small…so alone…so altogether lost…

Whisper in my ear that we can find something to do, somewhere to sit or talk or be…

Be with me, near me, share your space & offer me your time…

Don’t wait until I have grown tired of waiting…

Love me now…

OMx 

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The other person is you…

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In yoga philosophy, we talk about Atman & Brahman…

“Brahman is the Supreme, the Eternal.

Atman is his Spirit in man”

Bhagavad Gita 8.3

When we greet each other at the beginning of a yoga class with “Namaste” we are really greeting that divine love that resides in the heart of each of us…

Namaste

Namaste holds such meaning, and following it onward my most sacred mantra is “Om Mani Padme Hum”.  It holds great promise and deep meaning for me.  Literally translated it means “the jewel resides in the heart of the lotus”…this is why in scripture I am drawn to the Chandogya Upanishad:

“OM.

In the centre of the castle of Brahman,

our own body, there is a small shrine in the form of a lotus flower,

and within can be found a small space.

We should find who dwells there, and we should want to know {her}…

The little space within the heart is as great as this vast universe…

for the whole universe is in Him and He dwells within our heart.”

There is also a fable in the Chandogya Upanishad, which tells the tale of a father teaching his son of reality and the truth of existence.  First, he has the son break open a seed, and tells him that it is the space within the seed that contains the essence of the banyan tree from which it came.  “That is Reality” he says, “That is Atman.  Thou art that”.  The son requires further explanation and so his father has him pour salt into a glass of water overnight.  In the morning, the salt has dissolved of course, and so when his father asks that he bring the salt, he cannot.  The son brings the salted water to his father, who tells him to taste the water from each side of the glass and from the middle; the boy concedes that the taste is salt.  The father instructs his son to look again for the water.  The son admits, “I cannot see the salt.  I only see water” and the father tells him this:

“In the same way…you cannot see the Spirit.  But in truth he is here.

An invisible and subtle essence is the Spirit of the whole universe.

That is Reality.  That is Truth.

THOU ART THAT.”

What does this have to do with the other person being you?  Good question…

What we see in others is what we see in ourselves…Those around us hold a mirror before us…We can choose to see the light or the shadow…

You don’t need me to give you examples, you have plenty of your own…think of those times when you have wished to be wise, compassionate, helpful…when you see those qualities in others & wish them for yourself, you are acknowledging that you have the capacity to embody those same atrributes…open your heart…

When you feel anger, injustice, outrage at the words or actions of another person…do you really believe they are innately cruel, thoughtless, irredeemable…or does a small voice remind you that you have the capacity to act in ways that may portray you in a similarly negative light to those who witness your transgressions…?  In that reaction, is there the small echo of fear that your imperfections may be raised into the light for judgement…?…Feel the other’s pain…open your heart…

What you see in that other person is in you…we can choose to see the light or the shadow…we can choose to act from a place of love or from a place of fear…and fear is really at the root of all love’s opposites…spite, hate, indifference, neglect…they stem from fear…Take a breath…choose to find the light in that person’s eyes…visualise them as a child needing loving arms around them, holding them close and nurturing them…

When someone has another way of life, another faith, another belief, another opinion, don’t follow fear and be caught in the differences, seek that deeper seed of sameness…what are they looking for that you also seek…?  What do they need that you also require…?  If you don’t see it, look deeper…inside somewhere that person is the same as you…Inside there is a seed of love brim full of potential to grow and take root and reach wide with branches laden heavy with love…Find a way to forgive, to see sameness, to love…If you would bloom, look for the hidden blossom in the person in front of you…

You are the other person…

OMx

Namaste

Namaste