“. . . gentleness is stronger than severity, water is stronger than rock, love is stronger than force.”
― Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha
Again, this is a simple truth that is not so easy. My ego wants to "put people in their place", tell them how wrong they are, etc. I am seeing that especially in light of what is going on today politically. I also am acutely aware of how upset I am, I am not peaceful, I am angry, or afraid, or sad. I am not here and now flowing like water...Ha!!...
My reference point is my friend J-R. He had come to El Paso for an event and to give a talk. This was an open event and apparently someone showed up who did not like him...at all. After J-R spoke I saw this man go back and yell at my friend. All J-R did was to look at him, that was it. The look was neutral, and quiet. Eventually the man ran out of steam and walked away, looking confused.
No againstness dissolved the confrontation...Water is stronger than rock.
I pray that I am able to live from my center more and more and come from peace and centerness, being more aware of my Divine nature than my ego judgement.
Peace be still and God bless,
Painting by Thomas Church