The Gift...

Yesterday, I made the run/walk (as I often do) over a bridge and along a forested
trail to a clearing where there is a waterfall that flows down a stone riverbed
into a green and quiet pool. I have gotten into the habit of taking my shoes off
so I can feel the earth beneath me as I meditate, and the quiet seclusion of the
place and the sound of waterfall is very soothing.

Yesterday, as I entered the clearing, a gentle breeze blew and the air was filled
with a blizzard of dandelions. So beautiful ! I put my hand up and two big ones
immediately floated into it, which wasn’t so amazing because the air was so filled.
I asked, "Is this a gift ?". I sat where I often do at the head of the waterfall, and
watched as the soft white parachutes genty dotted the pond’s surface. Very soon,
the wind stilled, and the air became clear, and the extreme beauty of that moment
brought tears to my eyes.

Before too long, I noticed a young family approach on the trail; a mother, father
and young daughter. They stopped just at the edge of the clearing. I wondered
if they were just showing me respect, so I put on my shoes on and started back.
As I walked by the little girl, she first proudly showed me a toy she had just won,
perhaps in some game, and she asked if I had won one too. I told her it was
beautiful, and as I walked passed she called out to me, "Thank you for coming !".

Thinking upon this experience yesterday, this gift, I think about how often the
children of this generation are so effortlessly mirroring; how they are intuitive
conduits for the universe. So many seem to have a natural, enlightened knowing
that we, their elders, struggle to attain. I think about all the lives moving from this
time and place and how they are so like those dandelions full of light
and energy no longer here, and yet as energy, are still here. How will we
serve their memories ?

This is my prayer for all the families who have lost loved ones in these troubled
times; may we find the way to receive their gifts and the deeper lessons...
so we may learn how best to carry their light on.

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