|A New Jedi?|
Luke Skywalker and I have cleared the Christmas bits. What seemed a house full of colour and lights and parcels and Christmas cards has returned to itself. The boots and coats and shoes scattered up the hall have mostly been packed in suitcases and taken home, the bears and jellycat toys have gone with their owners. The last visitors from abroad were dropped at Heathrow yesterday to fly for simply hours back to the East. It should be nice to be having breakfast with just the pair of us plus Princess Leia (aka Auntie No!) but it is, to be truthful, a bit bleak. Luke Skywalker has turned back into Luke Dogwalker and donned his boots and his green coat and taken his canine friends across the fields. Instead of a breakfast where food skids across the table, cheerios scatter themselves all over the floor, boys cook their own eggs on the Aga, there is a rather orderly breakfast laid out for just 3 of us!
As we wipe the inevitable tear from our eyes, we reflect on what on earth it is that makes us feel like this. It is just nature playing herself out in us. Nature cleverly persuades us that we are mothers and fathers, movers and shakers, we become her puppets and she (or he or it) does this magic by creating bubbles of love where love is really bubble free. Nature has to do this otherwise we would just walk away from our lives and our families and our gardens and our jobs, we would cease to respond naturally. Nature is indeed a wonder but she, he, it, does come with a health warning. Believe in her as the source of your happiness at your peril because she has a habit of turning your belief against you. Do her bidding just as far as the Departure Gate and then let them all go wishing them the best of fortune in the same game. Christmas decorations down, the Wise Men come next, they may have given gold, frankincense and myrrh but their gold was wisdom. Wisdom is the vital ingredient to negotiating nature’s downside. When the decorations come down, listen to those wise travellers, they have the key.
|Wise men bringing gifts|
This post was originally posted on the You can meditate too blog.