What if our purpose is to sit and observe
The ego’s claim of what it deserves
From shallow living to endless pleasures
Unsatisfied goals, inadequate measures
And in the observing we teach ourselves
All that’s external, inside it dwells
To find the freedom from the shackles of claim
You are the observer, not the ego with a name.

The Web

Blinded by the glaring sun
Tangled in a web, beautifully spun
Trying to release myself from its hold
It grabs on tighter, intending I fold
And so I let my resistance go
Explore this web, dive to the unknown
I find myself holding its strings
As if I was broken with clipped wings
I know very well I may fly away
But the tangled mess invites me to stay

“Muddy Water Is Best Cleared by Leaving It Alone” – Alan Watts

Written for and Published in The Seeds 4 Life

How many of us have found ourselves in the middle of life’s storms and were unsure of how to make it through? How many of us have stared into muddy rivers, looking to find our reflection, only to see a distorted version of ourselves? How many of us have allowed ourselves to be taken by a person’s inconsistency and lost our way in how we allow ourselves to be treated?

They say hindsight is 20/20, and many of us may realize the storms, the muddy waters, and that what we have allowed in our lives may be the product of our own reactions to the events or people in our lives.

Often times, life happens and the invitation may be that we just observe. Observe the storm and the power it holds. Observe the muddy river and the distorted reflection. Observe the inconsistency of others and the agony they create for themselves.

In observing, we allow life to work itself out and give it the opportunity to show us that it knows our heart. In observing, we do not react by impulse, but trust the process of life. The process in which we may appreciate the calm after the storm, our reflection in settled waters, and the people who treat us the way we would like to be treated.