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For no reason at all

Saturday, June 30, 2018

‘And For No Reason’
by Hafiz
 
And
For no reason
I start skipping like a child.
And
For no reason
I turn into a leaf
That is carried so high
I kiss the Sun's mouth
And dissolve.

And
For no reason
A thousand birds
Choose my head for a conference table,
Start passing their
Cups of wine
And their wild songbooks all around.
And
For every reason in existence
I begin to eternally,
To eternally laugh and love!
When I turn into a leaf
And start dancing,
I run to kiss our beautiful Friend
And I dissolve in the Truth
That I Am.

 

I feel grateful that I know moments like these. Luckily many. When my heart is wide open and light and I feel totally joyful and safe and happy. It’s a beautiful feeling to skip down the street and smile at strangers for no other reason than you can’t help it.
Or sitting in a meditation and feeling totally at peace and at one with everything.
 
But I also know that when I feel troubled, it’s much harder to be open and skipping or dancing is the last thing I feel like doing.
It makes me think of the power our mind has on us being free. All it takes is a single thought to turn us from a sun bursting, joyful being into someone in a prison of our own mind. And I wonder how early this really starts…?
 
I was at a children’s party the other day where I took my two kids Finn (5) and Rose (2). At one point in the party some entertainers were encouraging the kids to dance - and I know my kids love to dance - so I encouraged them to join in.
 
Now when my kids feel safe, happy and free of judgement, they are great little specimens of totally open beings – singing and dancing and creating with joy and wonder, like no one is watching…But being round these people they didn’t know and in a new environment, it was more challenging to get them to dance. After some time observing the others seemingly having fun, Rose was happy to join in enthusiastically, so long as I was her dance partner. But Finn on the other hand was certain he absolutely did not want to dance. Even though his tapping foot was betraying him. I watched him and could see his body wanted to move but, but so far he was not letting it. He so wanted to let go and join in but whatever was in his mind was stopping him.
 
Somewhere along the line as little people we start to feel the grip of our thoughts and how they can hold us back and keep us down. At some point we might get some awareness of that and what we are doing and start to let it go. Other things maybe we will never see about ourselves.
 
I know I’ve uncovered a lot of things about myself that I’ve been able to let go, however there are always new challenges waiting on the side lines, ready to put my work to the test. Meditation helps. Treatments help. Support from those most trusted to you helps enormously. And simply practising being open helps. Being a kind person. Often I walk along the street and when I see someone coming toward me I look at them, ready to make eye contact and say hello. This was a practise I learned from my dad and he from his. It extends to chatting to people at the supermarket, people standing in lines, waiters in restaurants, bar staff and basically anyone who will talk to you. Which by the way, is a factor in helping you live a long life, according to a recent study!* Anyway, the funny thing is nowadays many people will not look up and even make eye contact, let alone say hello. Or look totally shocked when you do.
 
Anyway, I continue in their footsteps and keep greeting strangers. Although I do notice that at times when I’m feeling a little grey, it’s harder to reach out and be kind and open for no reason. It’s much easier when I feel good in myself to share that love. Which makes me think – have compassion for those people who can not lift their eyes off the ground – they might be having a hard time.
 
But remember to try and lift your eyes. Smile. Greet others for no reason. Be kind for no reason.
 
“Find out what makes you kinder, what opens you up and brings out the most loving, generous, and unafraid version of you – and go after those things as if nothing else matters. Because, actually, nothing else does.” George Saunders
 
By Rochelle Taylor

 

* (Source: Proceedings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting at Austin, Texas, February 18, 2018)
 
Rochelle is a mum of two little ones and has always been interested in finding ways to live a happy and healthy life while helping others. She has been meditating for 20 years, since she was introduced to the practice in school and found a passion for healing and energy medicine not long after that. Rochelle enjoys the challenges of life, motherhood, family, work, friends and somehow fitting them all in together. Work-wise Rochelle is an AcuEnergetics® Practitioner, Teacher and is also the General Manager of AcuEnergetics®. She has been practicing AcuEnergetics® since 2005 and is fully qualified to teach AcuEnergetics® Level 1 and AcuEnergetics® Level 2. She is currently a co-teacher for AcuEnergetics® Level 3 and the AcuEnergetics® Practitioner Training.